- Series: Comprehensive (Book 1)
- Audio CD
- Publisher: Pimsleur; 2nd Edition, Revised, 30 Lessons edition (March 1, 2002)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0743518373
- ISBN-13: 978-0743518376
- Product Dimensions: 12.5 x 2 x 11 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 127 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #658,508 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Pimsleur Italian Level 1 CD: Learn to Speak and Understand Italian with Pimsleur Language Programs (Comprehensive) 2nd Edition, Revised, 30 Lessons Edition
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Dr. Paul Pimsleur devoted his life to language teaching and testing and was one of the world’s leading experts in applied linguistics. After years of experience and research, Dr. Pimsleur developed The Pimsleur Method based on two key principles: the Principle of Anticipation and a scientific principle of memory training that he called “Graduated Interval Recall.” This Method has been applied to the many levels and languages of the Pimsleur Programs.
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Concentrates on pronunciation. It works by you learning the last syllable and progressively learn each in front. Sounds confusing, but this really works and makes sense as you're using it.
Repetition, repetition, repetition.
Reviews material at the beginning of each lesson.
Lessons are 22-30 minutes
Needs an additional class at the beginning to help you understand that you are only learning a couple forms of the verb and that you are learning the formal form of "you" as well as some introductory understanding of the Italian language.
Learning to spell the words shortly after being introduced to them would help reinforce learning.
Learning other conjugation forms would also reinforce learning.
No companion flash cards. Why not have flash cards labeled with each lesson number for you to put in your practice deck?
While this IS a great course, I would supplement it with Duolingo, Sparknote flash cards, and Living Language Complete language course as I have. Also a tutor would be great.
Pimsleur gets that which is why, if you're serious about learning another language, you should get this.
Easier learning method than Rosetta Stone.
It's very true that they will repeat a word just when you need to hear it again which helps with long term memory. For some reason, learning seems very natural using this system.
I could not download any of the CD's onto my Mac for my iPod, so if you want the sessions for iTunes, you may want to purchase via iTunes (I didn't know that), so now I have 2 sets--CD's and also from iTunes!
The brilliant educational approach focuses on repeated hearing and speaking of useful phrases and sentences.
We were able to go off the beaten path in Italy and communicate surprisingly well.