on April 23, 2002
I wonder why no one rated this course yet - because it`s splendid! Clear explanations, all the needed basic vocabulary, interactive written and oral excersises - this book will make you speak Italian from the first chapters! I just love the activity "Your turn" which requires your ability to use all the new grammar and vocabulary from the chapter to build conversational phrases. You can also always look up or listen to the answers to the questions to make sure you answered them right. The other good thing is that all the recording was made by native Italians which can really help you with pronauncation.
There is only one disadvantage: sometimes answering to the questions requires just a little vocabulary not known to you yet - though, it`s always a good idea to keep your dictionary close to you when learning a foreign language, isn`t it?