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Pimsleur Italian Level 1 CD: Learn to Speak and Understand Italian with Pimsleur Language Programs (Comprehensive) 2nd Edition
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But, Pimsleur really, really, does teach you how to converse, if you are willing and able to pay the money, and put in the time.You won't know lots of vocabulary (but that's easy to learn later) but you will know how to construct all the basic sentences you need to. You'll be able to converse with people at the train station when your train is delayed, at the store when you buy something, etc. This is converse not just ask directions! and people will tell you your accent is pretty good.
If you are very serious about being fluent, or knowing how to read, you will need other info later - but if you really, really want to be able to manage like a cosmopolitan tourist or business person, not like the typical English only American, these are the best courses.
I recommend allowing a minimum of a month for each I, II, and III. More is better. I really 'get' it if I work through and then put them away for a few months, and then go back. Doing the first one only will not really prepare you to converse, but you will be able to order at restaurants and stores, and be polite. The second will allow simple conversation, and the third more complex conversation - especially if you work on your own on your own vocabulary for your sitaution.
I have just finished Italian I and I will go through it one more time before ordering Italian II.
I am not easily impressed, but I am very impressed with the Pimsleur method. I have bought many learning tools including software and books to try to help learn foreign languages. This Pimsleur course is by far the best in my opinion.
The method I have used to learn French focused on first learning the grammar in detail, then watching French TV with a dictionary in my hand. The result is that after doing this for years I can understand French pefectly. The problem is that I can't speak it.
The Pimsleur method actually forces you to learn to speak the language. It works very well. You learn the grammar indirectly. Like others I wish there were more grammar explanations, but for me it didn't matter since I have some background in Italian Grammar.
I would recommend getting one of the Italian grammar basics books. It would help you to understand some things better.
For proper pronounciation, the pimsleur method is awesome.
The Pimsleur method says not to use books. They say that the reason is because you will anglicize the pronounciation. This means that you will pronounce it using English phoenetics. I found this to be very true. These cd's corrected a ton of pronounciation errors I was making.Read more ›
Independently, learning the language via self instruction and use of books and such can be overwhelming, thus Pimsleur can be a good tool. I believe it's good for people who are not willing or ready to commit to a classroom, but have a lot of self initiative to learn. For instance, I came back from Italy after living there for several months and then wanted to improve my skills. Pimsleur can help motivate and give you a good starting map, instead of simply gazing inside a text book and hoping for the best.
Pimsleur will take you by the hand and guide you through basic pronunciations, phrasings and sentence construction. It prepares and frames your mind appropriately for taking an active learning, not just to see the words on page and wonder where to put your emphasis. This causes you to speak your way into the language and start thinking in Italian. Preparing the mind mentally is perhaps a major advantage to learning.
If there are any problems, perhaps it is that Pimsleur often seems to jump into the conversation too easily; that is, while it assumes that you will figure out the actual words, conjugations and agreements. Italian has many agreements, between verbs, nouns, adjectives, adverbs and so on. It can be very complicated and confusing at times to learn this language. (I find it more difficult than learning French.) Usually, Pimsleur does not explain these things or it seems to oversimplify.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
As always, the Pimsleur program helps one to learn a language easily. Worth the investment.Published 15 hours ago by Amazon Customer
There is nothing better than Pimsleur for learning another language. This is my third foreign language. Rosetta Stone is like Jose Cuervo tequila; cheap crap with good advertising. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Richard C. Roe
This actually turned out to be a great , fun and easy way to learn the basics of Italian ... I am buying the next level soonPublished 4 months ago by Summer Sturdevant
Better than expected. Top condition, no skips in CDs. Clear and great program! Learn something new in Italian each day!Published 5 months ago by julie
There are a lot of websites that will help you learn a language but if you want to speak it there is no substitute for saying the words. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Ted
Love the Pimsleur series, but at least two of the CD's in this set are damaged! They skip and won't play for minutes at a time, so you lose part of the lesson. Read morePublished 7 months ago by lmnicholls