- Series: Pimsleur Language Program
- Audio CD
- Publisher: Pimsleur (January 1, 1999)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 067131551X
- ISBN-13: 978-0671315511
- Product Dimensions: 12 x 2 x 13 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.7 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #587,606 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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When I completed Level II, I felt much more confident in my approach to Italian conversation. To provide the reader with an English equivalent - Level I brings you to this level of fluency: "Excuse me, my name is Tom. Where is the road to Rome? On the left, and straight ahead? Thanks so much!" Of course there is a bit more fluency than that, but that is about the level of conversation you can expect to be comfortable with. In level II, however, you will be brought to the following level of conversational skill: "Hi Mary! How are you? Do you know what time the department stores close today? I want to buy something for my daughter. I'm leaving Rome in a week. I really like it here in Rome. I went to the Vatican today, and now I need to go buy something for my oldest daughter." Again, that is a sample- you will have more fluency than that.
If you're considering Pimsleur II, you probably already know that this method is one that doesn't rely on books, other than some very minor reading, which is less than 5% of the course. The Pimsleur method gets you familiar with the language, and has a unique way of getting you to think in the language. You will find yourself automatically responding to the oral cues, which is truly encouraging! This means you're learning- and not memorizing! I found that spacing my lessons apart helped my comprehension greatly.Read more ›
Other than that this is a pretty good way to learn a language (yes, a short grammar guide/word list would have been awesome). I recommend "Italian Verb Drills" and "Teach Yourself Italian"-- which is this cute if antiquated book (replace all the "egli" and "essa" with "lui" and "lei" if you're trying to learn how to speak). For vocabulary, do the Vocabulearn series. Do get a grammar book, it helps with the prepositions etc. which can be tricky.
Expensive - but I think I learned more with this method than I would have with a tutor here in the USA; and that would have been more expensive.
I only wish the series went beyond level III.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I finished level I and am enjoying working my way through level II. It is easy to follow and covers the basics where the first set left off. Read morePublished 20 months ago by BJH
i have only just started it, but thanks, for the speed in which it was sent, i look forward to being fluent.Published on June 26, 2013 by lee
This is what I expected it to be. I already have been through the Spanish II set and a set of Italian I. This set, Italian II, appears to be in very good condition. Read morePublished on February 21, 2013 by Lisa