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- Listening Length: 2 hours and 13 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Learning Like Crazy
- Audible.com Release Date: October 24, 2016
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01M3SNF51
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Learn Italian with Learn Beginner Italian Lessons 1-5: From Learning Like Crazy Audiobook – Unabridged
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This ebook has the same downside as the ebook for their Learn Beginner Spanish. And that’s the fact that there is absolutely no way that anyone can learn Italian or any other foreign language just by reading a transcript (i.e. ebook). I found this ebook as well as the Learn Beginner Spanish ebook to be of little or no benefit. And that’s putting it nicely. That’s the downside.
The upside is that this is not just an ebook. It is actually an audio book that includes 5 audio Italian lessons that are included at no additional cost. That’s the reason I have chosen to give this book a 5-star review instead of 1-star review (which I would have done without hesitation if the 5 audio lessons had not been included). Each of the 5 audio lesson provides roughly 30 minutes of Italian lessons. For me, to be able to get the audio without making an additional purchase is truly a bargain. You will find a page in the ebook with specific instructions on how to get access to the 5 downloadable audio Italian lessons.
One thing that I want to make clear is that I am not writing a 5-star review simply because 5 audio lessons are included. I can assure you that if the Italian audio lessons were garbage, it wouldn’t matter to me how many Italian audio lessons they had included.
This is my first audio program for learning Italian that I have ever purchased. I have however previously purchased a learn-Italian ebook. And although this is my first audio program for learning Italian, I can say that as a beginner student of this language, I am finding these audio lessons to be very engaging and fun. I find myself looking forward to winding down at the end of the day and studying my Italian lessons with this program. Anyone who has any experience learning a foreign language knows that the more you enjoy your program, the more you will study, which translates into learning a foreign language quicker.
Another positive aspect of both this program and their Spanish program is that the learning-method used has a listening and repeating aspect that is really helping to improve my Italian pronunciation. They also only use native Italian speakers in the audio lessons to help make sure the learner develops an Italian accent with a very natural and authentic sound. One more thing that stands out about their programs is that the engaging and interactive method really helps you to think in a foreign language.
When studying Spanish there was a problem that I’ve had for many years. Every time a Spanish speaker would speak to me or if I watching a Spanish language program on TV, I would try to translate every Spanish phrase that I heard in my head. Which obviously wasn’t too effective because by the time I’d finish translating a phrase in my head, the Spanish speaker is already finishing another phrase or two. But the interactive method used in both their Spanish and Italian programs really encourages me to actually “think” in a foreign language instead of trying to mentally translate from English into Italian.
My final advice is to get this “ebook.” Go straight to the page in the ebook that tells you how to download the mp3 audio lessons. Then forget all about the ebook, and just use the audio lessons to learn how to speak Italian. If you follow these instructions, I think you’ll be very happy with your purchase.
The best thing about the method is that it is so engaging. There are so many programs that are purely based on listening and repeating. Not this program. Although listening and repeating is involved in their learning method (how else would you learn proper pronunciation and listening comrehension), the crux of the program is to get you thinking in the target language and to get you speaking it as quickly as possible. I am not the type of person who can learn a language just by repeating a bunch of random phrases. Which is what a lot of programs do. But not in this program. In this program, the instructor keeps you engaged. And that's why this program overshadows the others.
By the way, don't make the same mistake a friend of mine made. I recommended this program to her and she only ordered the ebook transcript. You really need to get the audio program either here at Amazon or Audible otherwise you are just wasting your time.
Title: The Most Engaging Way To Learn A Language