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Pimsleur Italian Basic Course - Level 1 Lessons 1-10 CD: Learn to Speak and Understand Italian with Pimsleur Language Programs (1) Audio CD – Audiobook, September 6, 2005
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I purchased these to supplement/reinforce a local community Italian class I am taking and to try to hone my listening skills with faster speech. I consider myself a beginner, but these were much too, too basic for me. Only got to the 3rd disc and felt that I personally needed slightly more advanced lessons (somewhere slightly higher than their version of basic beginner). Sadly will return these discs.
Would love to purchase Pimsleur for next level since the learning structure & process seemed to be good, BUT their prices are much to high for the next advanced sets!!
This set was recommended by my sister who has a degree in Language and has learned and speaks several languages fluently. She advised me that Pimsleur was one of the best programs on the market for what I was looking for, and she was right.
I have found that any effort that I have made to speak the language (no matter how horribly mangled-it appears that it is all about the sincere effort) has been met with appreciation and has often resulted in a more friendly and pleasurably stay. I'm NOT fluent, nor am I a quick study. I used polite/useful phrases from the series frequently in my travels such as: Hello, How are you, excuse me, do you speak English? I do not speak Italian, Where is the bathroom, the list goes on. Any attempts seem to be appreciated, and for me it is worth the time for me to learn a little to be able to get around a little easier. Also, it is fun. I can take the cd's in my car and work on them on my commute. Perfect!
This will not teach you all the Italian you want to know if you are looking to speak fluently, but for a traveler, I thought it was perfect and it was both useful and fun.
I would highly recommend this product for those traveling to Italy that would just like to know a bit of Italian. You can always build onto it later if you wish to, but for the traveler it is a very nice program.
My one wish for these sets would be a booklet that gave a basic run-down on the chapters. With an audio only format sometimes I did not catch the word immediately and found myself looking up a few words on-line in order to understand how they were spelled so I knew if I was pronouncing them correctly. I'm a visual person, what can I say? Other than that I felt this was a highly effective program and would definitely look at other items in this series for our next adventure.
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内容的には，会話学校で教師と一対一のレッスンを受けている場面を想定できる．このBasic Italianは，｢Italin I」の1から10レッスンの内容と全く同じで，このメソッドが自分に向いているかどうか安価に確認できる．