Learn Italian: Fluenz Italian 1+2+3 for Mac, PC, iPhone, iPad & Android Phones, Version 3
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- Get immediate digital access to the full program on your computer, iPhone, Android phone, and iPad WITHIN HOURS OF PURCHASE. Upon Amazon confirmation we’ll send you activation links so you can start Fluenz Italian right way (look for an Amazon email in your inbox within hours of purchase.)
- Follow the full program on your iPhone, Android, iPad, online from your computer, or install it in your hard disk from the DVD included in the red box. Includes additional audio material and comprehension MP3s and access to our digital Flashcards.
- 90 sessions of up to two and one-half hours each -- the most comprehensive software application covering the first three levels of Italian anywhere. This program will guide you in English through the challenges of Italian with a proven system.
- Fluenz blends a video tutor with a range of engaging, interactive workouts to improve your reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills in a unique approach that is currently being used by the US Navy, senior personnel at the UN and UNICEF, executives of Fortune 500 companies, students at Harvard Business School and other leading universities.
- THIRD PARTY SELLERS DO NOT HAVE VERSION 3. THEY'RE SELLING OLDER OR COUNTERFEIT VERSIONS, which no longer work and are NOT supported by Fluenz Inc. Second-hand versions are also NOT supported.
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FLAWLESS ITALIAN WITH FLUENZ, VERSION 3
Install the full program on your desktop and laptop with the DVD included. Follow the entire program on our iPhone, Android, and iPad apps. Listen to our comprehension and pronunciation MP3s and access our digital flashcards to reach fluency.
We'll break down [LANGUAGE] into parts and explain how they work together--nothing like good, common sense explanations.
Every Step of the Way
Our tutors will be there every step of the way with the tips, tricks, and motivation that will make a difference.
No Games, just Real Learning
Our workouts aren't simple games but real practice tied to our step-by-step explanations. Listening, Speaking, Writing, and Reading to success.
Buy a Red Box, get Full Access
Install the program on your computer with the included DVD. In addition, get access to the full program online, or follow the whole thing with our iPhone, iPad, and Android phone Apps.
Ready for Fluency
Learning Italian takes real commitment. Anyone who tells you otherwise is lying. A game or a pen pal won't take you very far. If you're willing to put in the hours there is nothing like Fluenz to power your fluency.
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Fluenz incorporates most of what the other programs offer -- the picture based approach used by Rosetta Stone and the listen and repeat technique that Pimsleur employs as its sole method -- but it offers more. Every unit has an explanatory section that takes apart that lesson's dialogue, explaining the use of words and elements of grammar. Every unit has you not just "listen and repeat" but "listen and write" what you hear in steadily increasing levels of difficulty. This takes times, but I've found that this helps to "burn in" what's been introduced. Each unit records your conversation and feeds it back to you along with that of the native speaker. Rosetta Stone also offers this, but the Fluenz approach is much more comprehensive.
It also has word lists, on-line flash cards, audio refresher units, and podcasts to help you retain what you've learned between sessions. (I wish it had more of these audio tools.) There is also an online forum for each level of every language offered, though that does not yet seem to be well utilized. The program encourages you to take the words and structures you've learned and construct new sentences.
It does not have the live interactive discussion feature that Rosetta Stone has introduced, but you can replace that through in-person tools such as a MeetUp group. It lacks a means of tracking your progress and scoring your q&a sessions to help you identify what you're not quite getting. It does, however, have online updating of the software, so this may come.
These two small shortcomings aside, it is the best conceived and most comprehensive language program available and the one that best helps me retain and use what I have learned.
Dealing with Lung cancer along the way kept me from doing a lesson each day & my retention wasn't very good. But all the courses had/have their positive points. Rosetta Stone was my first purchase & it was good but required me to sit at a computer to do he course lessons? I didn't always feel like doing that or the computer wasn't where I was all the time. So, I purchased Pimslure. It was Great because I took the course with me everywhere I went on my iPod...but there was no visual learning. If I couldn't quite make out the word, I couldn't just go look it up ( there's no course guide to go to, to see what is being said)....or I spent hours with a translator trying to figure out exactly what was being said. So I added a few other courses & between all of them I learned basic Italian. Then, I became very sick again for ~ 4-6 months. All I felt like doing was listen to the Pimslure audio lessons once & awhile. But being sick, my retention sucked! I forgot most of what I'd learned by the time I returned to the courses. I just couldn't retain anything no matter how many hours I listened to the audio courses. Your brain is never the same after you've had 10-12 rounds of chemo in a year or two! The Rosetta Stone courses seem to be just dragging on & on never really learning anything of real use. I could tell you the color of things, give you the Italian name for a lot of things like car, boat, tree, bicycle & so on, but nothing that I could step out on the street & use to make conversation. That was until I purchased the Fluenz Itailian course. After the second lesson...approx 2hours, I was learning, re-learning & retaining the material like never before. I didn't want to stop at just one lesson per day. I had to just walk away so I didn't do too much...to fast.
Now, it's sitting at my computer once again but I also have the material on audio. The lessons start off with one word of a sentence then they add the next word of the sentence explaining the what-when-where & why of that word before you move on to the next word or sentence. You see the words, you hear then & then you write the sentences adding a word each time. Example... What, what do, what do you, what do you want... & so on. Your asked to do this from written English & from spoken english....then it's reversed. Your given written Italian & spoken Italian to translate back to English. ( hope that makes sense). But the repetition drives it home. My wife thinks its funny that I can't spell crap in English, but I can spell in Italian pretty good!
Now, I still use my Pimslure course religiously. You can't get too much exposure to your chosen 2nd language. Pimslure is a superb language course but not everyone learns the same way. I need both audio & visual to learn. The structure of the Fluenz course is the best at learning useful material if you learn better sitting at a computer...the Pimslure is the best if you learn better from audio only courses while driving to work, fishing, sitting on a plane & ect. But, if your like me, combine the two. They compliment each other.
But if I were to have to choose just one course to use, I'd choose the Fluenz course hands down. Even if it meant I couldn't get to the computer but once or twice a week. It is set up to learn material you'll use everyday very fast...and you'll retain it better. Like the Lil Lady in the course says " you'll be able to handle yourself at a coffee shop pretty good just after the first lesson", and that is the truth.
Now again, everyone learns differently. You may be a person who loves to break down sentences into verbs, adverbs, adjectives & so on. You may be one who doesnt care about that & just wants to know how to order a beer & pizza. But no matter how you learn, the Fluenz course will work for you. But if your not around the computer but just every now & again...the Pimslure course may work better for you especially if you spend all your time on a job site with just weekends home...and you want to spend those precious hours with the family & not in front of a computer. But if you have the time, the Fluenz course will be easier, faster & more rewarding. Just go to their website & try the sample lessons.
One other plus for Fluenz is if you buy a course level like 1-2-3-4 all at once or one at a time, in the end it all cost the same & shipping is Free! So you can just buy as you go. You won't be pressured to buy levels 1-4 all at once to save money. Also, price wise, Fluenz is a lot cheaper than most.
Hope this helps you decide which to buy. Don't go buying any of those $20-$30 courses...their worthless. Your better off to go to the Kindle Store or iTunes and get a free language course. They are actually better than those ~$25.00 courses.