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Parla l'italiano magicamente! Speak Italian Magically! Relax! You Can Learn Italian Now! (Italian Edition) (Italian) Paperback – December 23, 2010
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From the Author
Who are you?
I am Antonio Libertino, from Tropea, Italy and I have a passion. I love to learn languages, as well as teaching Italian, my own language, to foreigners.That is the real joy for me and I mean it from the heart.
How has this passion started?
It all begun when I realized that I couldn't communicate with a foreign girl I fell in love with, if I didn't know at least English. What did I do? I took the first cassette course I could find and started learning as fast as I could.
Tell us about Speak Italian Magically in your own words. What is it about?
The title says it all, doesn't it? It's a book for you to Speak Italian Magically! I know you may think that this is far fetched, but let me ask you something. Do you know that athletes practice mental training before a performance? Do you know that they get better results when they imagine them-self performing at their peak? Well, with Speak Italian Magically I wanted to give you a mental training where you will first imagine yourself both in the situation and the place speaking Italian very well...Then if you follow the guidelines, you will be actually speaking very well!
Is there actually a science behind this approach?
Yes, as I explain it thoroughly in the paragraph that you will find in the book. Do you know what the title of this paragraph is? The science behind Speak Italian Magically. Here you will find more about Lozanov and his suggestopedia, accelerated learning, Vera F. Birkenbihl, Stephen Krashen, James Asher and Tony Buzan's mind maps.
What inspired you to write this book?
8 years ago when I started teaching Italian to foreigners I had a question. It was this: Is there a faster way to learn a language? Speak Italian Magically is my answer to that question.
What's the best thing in this book?
Speak Italian Magically will bring you in the wonderful places that we have here in Italy. So, At the same time you will experience Italian and living in a different country, all within your mind because I will guide you in a relaxed state where the learning is much improved. And I also recorded the audio with my own natural voice in two versions, bilingual and only Italian version. Because I really think that once you understand the text you should practice with the only Italian version.
In which formats is the book available?
Speak Italian Magically is available as Kindle ebook, as well as paperback. The main difference is that with the paperback you will get access to all the 20 audio files, recorded with my own natural voice, included in the price. If you buy the Kindle version you will only get the first two files for FREE to try the approach. Then you will need to buy the rest here on Amazon as a separate audiobook. Please DON'T use the text-to-speach feature of Kindle as it is not suitable for the Italian language.
Where can an Italian enthusiasth learn more about you and the book?
Of course on the book website where you will find news, bonuses and tips to Speak Italian Magically! I strongly suggest you to download the positive affirmations audio for FREE and to play the Memory game in the bonus section!
About the Author
Antonio Libertino is a very widely experienced teacher who has also learned English and German. In fact he loves language and cultures, both Italian and foreign, and for this reason he took the Ditals (the certificate for teaching Italian to foreigners issued by the Università per stranieri di Siena), the Certificate of Advanced English and went to Ferrero in Frakfurt to learn German in the winter of 2003. There he ate three kilos of Nutella (Italian creamy chocolate) in three months but he didn't put on too much weight. Now he teaches Italian to foreigners, adults and youngsters from every nationality.
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I love how modern Antonio's approach is. This has given me a lot of confidence in the course, particularly those weeks when I wasn't progressing as quickly as I wanted to. His exercises and practice methods are solidly based upon the latest techniques in language learning (see his explanation in the back of the book). A revelation to me has been the "shadowing" technique. In the past, I always learned to speak foreign languages by parroting whole words or phrases by turn with a recorded speaker. (Listen, repeat.) In this course, the technique is to speak fluidly almost on top of the recorded Italian as it is spoken, which is so much easier than trying to remember and then speak an entire phrase or sentence. Added to that ease is how quickly you become comfortable speaking the language and eventually, internalizing the syntax. These are big and necessary steps for "thinking in Italian", which is the ultimate goal if you want to converse with natives, as I do.
I highly recommend this book and this course. It's fun and it offers the flexibility of either mixing English and Italian (helpful for beginners) or listening and speaking only Italian (more engaging for intermediates) or both. Each lesson also has a brief grammar/idiom discussion, a handful of review questions, and of course, Antonio's famous mind maps.
I also recommend Antonio as a tutor. I've been taking weekly lessons for 7 months and I'm very satisfied with the progress I've made. His love of Italian and of teaching inspire my enthusiasm for learning and give me lots of encouragement and confidence that I can be fluent in time and with practice. He is a wonderful teacher who clearly loves his subject.
I gradually gravitated to an approach where I sought out materials that had both spoken and written Italian as well as English translation. You need to tune your ear by listening to spoken Italian or you will be able to speak it but not understand others. You also need the Italian text so you can figure out the words you're listening to, and you need the English translation unless you want to spend half your time with a dictionary. The dictionary interruptions are particularly nonproductive when trying to saturate your mind with Italian.
I started out by watching movies that had Italian sound tracks with Italian and English subtitles. Then I found some videos on youtube where some kind souls put lyrics to the Italian songs - sometimes in English, sometimes in Italian, sometimes both. These methods are both entertaining and productive - especially the songs.
This book saves you all the trouble of finding videos, mp3s, lyrics, etc. The book uses the basic technique that I developed on my own: Listen, listen and read in Italian (using the translations for comprehension as needed), listen again.
In addition, Mr. Libertino uses enhanced learning techniques to augment the learning process. This includes inducing a state of relaxation before what I can only describe as "sinking into the lesson", because that's what it feels like. You gently sink down into the learning state, do the lesson, and then you are drawn (very reluctantly in my case) back to normal awareness. He also uses mind maps to help conceptualize and reinforce the lessons.
I am an intermediate student and I bought this to help my wife get started with Italian, but I listen to it too because it embraces not only what I have found to work but supercharges it with enhanced learning techniques. It's also quite relaxing.
The first time we listened to the lesson my wife was hooked. She couldn't wait to listen again. I asked her to name a few Italian words that she could recall from the lesson. The first thing she said was "gioia, armonia" (the audio mentions "gioia and armonia" - joy and harmony). She also recalled most of the colors mentioned. Just 10 minutes of listening!
One night I was reading the English portion of a lesson and turned the page and just kept reading, when I suddenly realized that I was reading the Italian text without having noticed the transition! I have also noticed that with repeated sessions I can listen to the Italian-only tracks and understand them without having to translate. This is Mr. Libertino's goal: to have you speak and understand Italian without working at it - to think in Italian.
You'll need more than this material to learn Italian, but you'll be hard-pressed to find anything like it in terms of providing spoken Italian along with the Italian and English text, plus the ENJOYABLE and RELAXING way this material imprints Italian on your mind. There is nothing else like it.
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