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SmartItalian Audio Cds Beginner - Learn Italian from Real Italian People (English and Italian Edition) Audio CD – October 1, 2009

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Product Details

  • Audio CD: 41 pages
  • Publisher: Smart Language (October 1, 2009)
  • Language: English, Italian
  • ISBN-10: 1934519103
  • ISBN-13: 978-1934519103
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 5.4 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #360,607 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Alan on May 17, 2010
Ive been using the SmartItalian products for some months now and am sure it is the best language course i have ever tried in book,cd or cdrom form.
I would recommend starting with the introduction cd's before tackling the beginner version.The introduction cd's need repeated listening ,usually this is where it all falls apart (i found repeated listening to Michael Thomas cd's extremely difficult due to his strange accent ,pompous manner and weird exchanges between his two students )i have listened to the smart italian cd's some 11 or 12 times and still find them quite fresh and easy to listen to .
Having worked on verbs,numbers and vocabulary from the introduction cd's i find i can express most of the things i want to say without a struggle. I am now working on the beginner conversations which are similarly fascinating (peopled by a diplomat,a chef,an actress and various other real italian people ,boring it is'nt ) the emphasis being on listening and speaking rather than reading.
So all in all a really great product which will teach you how to speak Italian the way real Italian people speak with the correct accents and vocabulary as it has been compiled using recorded conversations. Unique and practical, well done SmartItalian.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Hastivibrax on January 22, 2010
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Learning a foreign language can be like getting onto a freeway. Your first impression is speed -- Everyone speaks so fast! But with some determination, you manage to accelerate and join the traffic, concentrating hard to find your exit (where you can breathe again).
SmartItalian exists to help you get up to speed with real, spoken Italian. On the beginner Cd's, there are six recorded conversations. These are first studied with a narrator, who repeats them slowly and with explanations, before finally presenting the actual interview.
For me, this method works great. My comprehension of spoken Italian has increased a lot in a short time. It's much like learning a song from the radio. At first it's hard to figure out the words, but after a few listens, it becomes easy.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Jean K. on April 23, 2011
I have tried many Italian programmes in order to get a good grasp of Italian for beginners and to perhaps be able to speak it a little. Some are quite good but the truth is that in order to really get a good understanding and feel for the language you need to hear it being spoken, regularly, by Italian people.

This is the first language programme that I have ever purchased that enables you to listen to considerable extracts of real conversations and to learn the pronunciation, the flow of the language and the meaning of what is being said, at a reasonable and manageable pace.

Although the conversations are given using the real people interviewed one of the things I found essential on the CD's is that the teacher, Roberto, initially delivers these conversations (at the beginner and intermediate level, the advanced level is slightly different). You are first required to listen while he reads through the interview. On the following track he then repeats the conversation in short phrases and you are asked to repeat what is being said. On the following track you both repeat the phrases and read along while you are repeating and listening to him. (The English translation of all conversations are given in the accompanying booklet) As you progress, common grammatical constructions and Italian idioms and terminology are explained. I have to say I found this the most helpful and instructive method I have ever tried in getting to know the Italian language. The instructor's diction and clarity is excellent and I found I was able to master a lot of pronunciation that I had previously found difficult (if not impossible).

The inclusion of the conversations by the actual people interviewed is, of course, the other crucial element of these CD's.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Steve Hesby on November 3, 2010
Smart Italian is wonderful product and concept. I enjoy the beautiful accent of the interviewer/narrator and find him to be very authentic. And all the people speak real, everyday Italian. It is so important that those of us interested in seriously understanding spoken Italian get the reality and not some glossed over version of the language. This is the first program, which does this.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Nino Altariva on June 21, 2010
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This Italian Audio CDS are a great way to learn a new language. The CDs are comprised of Italian speaking and learning for all levels from beginner to advanced. I am happy to say I am more than impressed with the product! THIS IS A MUST BUY!! AND A GREAT WAY TO LEARN ITALIAN!!
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