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Italian I, Comprehensive: Learn to Speak and Understand Italian with Pimsleur Language Programs [Audiobook] [Audio CD]

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March 1 2002 0743518373 978-0743518376 2nd Edition, Revised, 30 Lessons
Italian is the official language of Italy and San Marino, and an official language of Switzerland, Croatia, and Slovenia. It is spoken by about 58 million in Italy, 24,000 in San Marino, 840,000 in Switzerland, another million in other European countries, and 5 million in North and South America.


The Pimsleur® Method: the easiest, fastest way to learn a new language. Completely portable, easily downloadable, and lots of fun. You’ll be speaking and understanding in no time flat! Italian I, Comprehensive includes 15 hours of spoken language practice and one hour of reading instruction in thirty, 30-minute lessons.
  • In the first 10 lessons, you’ll cover the basics: saying hello, asking for or giving information, scheduling a meal or a meeting, asking for or giving basic directions, and much more. You’ll be able to handle minimum courtesy requirements, understand much of what you hear, and be understood at a beginning level, but with nearnative pronunciation skills.
  • In the next 10 lessons, you’ll build on what you’ve learned. Expand your menu, increase your scheduling abilities from general to specific, start to deal with currency and exchanging money, refine your conversations and add over a hundred new vocabulary items. You’ll understand more of what you hear, and be able to participate with speech that is smoother and more confident. In the final 10 lessons, you’ll be speaking and understanding at an intermediate level.
  • In this phase, more directions are given in the target language, which moves your learning to a whole new plane. Lessons include shopping, visiting friends, going to a restaurant, plans for the evening, car trips, and talking about family. You’ll be able to speak comfortably about things that happened in the past and make plans for the future.

Reading Lessons are included and start at Unit 9 to provide you with an introduction to reading Italian. These lessons, which total about one hour, are designed to teach you to sound out words with correct pronunciation and accent. A Reading Booklet to be used with the audio lessons is also included in PDF format.

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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Italian I by Pimsleur--a real find Jan. 29 2004
Format:Audio CD
After buying and discarding four other Introductory Italian on tape/CD courses (all disorganized, makeshift products), I'm delighted to report that Pimsleur Italian I is an excellent value. It does exactly what Pimsleur says it does; it teaches Italian using the same learning principles we followed as children learning to speak and communicate.
I'm a psychologist well grounded in learning theory and so I understand how learning occurs. I am impressed with the intelligence and thought that went into this course's design. The Pimsleur people really do know how language is learned.
If you have any kind of ear you will not only learn how to have a conversation in Italian but will pronounce the language correctly.
I would recommend though, that you not buy the abbreviated Pimsleur introductory Italian I course because it is redundantly included in the complete, 15 CD, Italian I course.
I would add that as an addendum learning tool, my wife and I make flash cards for each lesson which allows us to learn not only aurally, but visually. The making of the flash cards also forces us to figure out the correct spelling of the verb forms, nouns, etc. This is, however, not very difficult since every vowel is sounded out in Italian making it easy to look up the words in the Italian dictionary or verb books.
We handled the expense by splitting the cost with another couple. As we conclude each disk we pass them on. To review, we use our flash cards.
In summary, the Pimsleur course is a find. It does what it says it will do. We're almost through Italian I and plan to order Italian II and III (a bit of bonus information--you get a sizable discount from Simon and Schuster when you order them together).
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4.0 out of 5 stars 1 1/2 Thumps up! July 25 2003
Format:Audio CD
Like most folks here who are serious about becoming fairly fluent in a foreign language, I spent many years in classrooms learning Spanish and still am not comfortable enough to hold a conversation with a native speaker nor can I understand it when spoken to, unless it's spoken very slowly. Thanks to books and the classroom, I'm very good at reading it, though. However, I'm only half way through the Pimsleur Italian 1 and feel I can already speak and understand it far better than Spanish! Yes, I plan on polishing my Spanish with Pimsleur too!
In order to prepare for an upcoming trip to Italy, I bought these CD's from a friend and spend the 30 minutes each day on a lesson. I personally feel it is important that when visiting a foreign country it's best to make an attempt to speak their language. You will be better received and hey, when in Rome, do like the Romans do, right? HINT: with the CD's, if you don't catch something (and this does happen), you will have to listen to the whole lesson all over again, so you might want to consider cassettes for greater flexibility. I hit "pause" when instructed to answer a question so I can construct my reply before the speaker blurbs out the answer.
I like Pimsleur's approach to learning a lesson by hearing it. We didn't learn our first words by reading books, did we? However, there is a downside to this approach if your hearing is as bad as mine! I would find it more helpful if any new vocabulary introduced in the verbal lesson was included in the reading part at the end of each lesson. As it stands now, the reading is only a list of words or phrases and are not translated so you don't know what you are saying, and they are not related to the material in the lesson.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent series for learning languages July 31 2003
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Format:Audio CD
I've used the Pimsleur series for Spanish and Italian. They are better than any other language tapes or CD's to which I've listened. The only reason I wouldn't give them 5 stars is that Pimsleur tapes/CD's don't include mnemonics to facilitate recall and expedite learning. Much more vocabulary could be covered if the system were based on memory techniques instead of just repetition. Until my own series of language CD's hits the market, Pimsleur is the best you can do.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Most Language You Can Buy May 15 2004
Format:Audio CD
I was really surprised to see a negative review pulling down the rating for what I consider and excellent product. I felt the need to point our a few facts about the Pimsleur course, and why I consider it an excellent value.
One point which is immediately obvious, this product IS very expensive. However, I'd like to point out that this product maintains an excellent resale value, and unless you really want to keep it for continued use, you can regain most of your money later.
The second point, is simply that these CD's are worth the money, as offer more actual verbal practice than any program I've seen. Compare the 15 hours of conversation on Pimsleur with the 3 or so hours Living Language, you can see the benefit of this program. There is no better way to learn a language than speaking.
A third point is that the Pimsleur program is completely auditory. Although there are programs with similar ideas, again Pimsleur simply has more. This means you can actually do the program in your can without any books or visual aids.
As has been pointed out previously, there is almost no visual component to Pimsleur, and I highly recommend getting Living Language (which has a course book and dictionary) or another supplemental program like the Dummy's or Idiot's programs.
Good luck learning Italian!!
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