The Standard Deviants - Parla Italiano (Learning Italian - The Basics)
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Planning a trip to Rome? Vacationing in Venice? The Standard Deviants can help you learn the basics of Italian. Starting with the alphabet, this tape covers numbers, days of the week and simple dialogues. learning Italian is fun and easy when you use the Standard Deviants unique brand of humor, mnemonics, visual devices and memory builders! (Formerly titled;The Standard Deviants The Lively World of Italian: The Basics)
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1. Italian alphabet
2. Pronouncing vowels
3. Pronoucing consonants and double consonants
4. The formal/informal distinctions
5. Days of the week
7. Numbers to 100
8. Subject Pronouns
Beyond this there is very little on the DVD.
1. It covers the basics in detail
2. Since it is a DVD you will see the word while hearing the word which is useful
1. There in not enough on the DVD for even a basic conversation
2. The DVD is taught by native English speakers so the accent is not correct.
Overall, I do not recommend this DVD unless you have no background with Italian. However, if you are looking for something that covers the most rudimentary basics you might enjoy this DVD. Just be warned, it will teach you Italian as spoken by Americans not by Italians.
(mostly in English) on its pronunciation. Meanwhile, it gives
you a very complicated set of rules (again primarily in English) for the pronunciation of vowels and consonant combinations which it whips through in blinding speed and are probably only appropriate for persons wishing to major in Italian as a career. Its very short on vocabulary building and you will learn only a very few words of Italian and Italian phrases. Its filled with fluff and skits which try to be cute (and usually fail) and are mostly in English. I really cannot recommend this DVD to anyone. You won't learn much Italian words and phrases from it.