Italian II, Comprehensive

Italian II, Comprehensive

Learn to Speak and Understand Italian with Pimsleur Language Programs
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  • Lessons: 30
  • ISBN: 9780743528795
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Description

Includes 30 lessons and reading instruction on 16 CDs, plus a reading booklet

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.

Comprehensive Italian II includes 30 additional lessons (16 hrs.), plus Readings, which build upon the language skills acquired in Level I. Increased spoken and reading language ability. Level II will double your vocabulary and grammatical structures while increasing your spoken proficiency exponentially. Upon completion of a Level II, you will be able to:

  • engage in fuller conversations involving yourself, your family, daily activities, interests and personal preferences,
  • combine known elements into increasingly longer sentences and strings of sentences,
  • create with language and function in informal situations,
  • deal with concrete topics in the past, present, and future,
  • meet social demands and limited job requirements,
  • begin reading for meaning.

Note: In order for the Pimsleur Method to work correctly, you must first complete the Level I language program before proceeding to the Level II language program.

Description

Includes 30 lessons and reading instruction on 16 CDs, plus a reading booklet

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.

Comprehensive Italian II includes 30 additional lessons (16 hrs.), plus Readings, which build upon the language skills acquired in Level I. Increased spoken and reading language ability. Level II will double your vocabulary and grammatical structures while increasing your spoken proficiency exponentially. Upon completion of a Level II, you will be able to:

  • engage in fuller conversations involving yourself, your family, daily activities, interests and personal preferences,
  • combine known elements into increasingly longer sentences and strings of sentences,
  • create with language and function in informal situations,
  • deal with concrete topics in the past, present, and future,
  • meet social demands and limited job requirements,
  • begin reading for meaning.

Note: In order for the Pimsleur Method to work correctly, you must first complete the Level I language program before proceeding to the Level II language program.

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4.6

(based on 16 reviews)

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Pros

  • It works (16)
  • Easy to use (14)
  • Perfects accent (13)
  • Portable (12)
  • Fun (10)

Cons

  • Pricey / poor value (5)
  • No writing component (4)
  • Too fast (3)

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  • Self-improvement (14)
  • Travel (14)
  • Fun (10)
  • Business/work (6)
  • Family background/heritage (6)
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Most Liked Positive Review

 

I would buy this product again

By Phase 1, lesson 5 I was feeling a little like getting back to Rosetta Stone, but at lesson 6, it clicked. I was actually speaking Italian, unpo. I used it everyday...Read complete review

By Phase 1, lesson 5 I was feeling a little like getting back to Rosetta Stone, but at lesson 6, it clicked. I was actually speaking Italian, unpo. I used it everyday as suggested.
I really liked the non-intimidating manner it is presented, the amount of time that is required was not restrictive (30 minute sessions, done). I purchased the MP3 Phase 2 which to my surprise was much less than the CD Phase 1 I bought a while ago. I am traveling to Italy, staying for 2 months and bringing it with me in itunes. Love it.
The pronunciation list of words was very useful in helping to picture the way a word was said and begin to see words spelled in my minds eye.
I like the fact that it's mobile and you start right where you left off anywhere any time. You aren't a slave to one computer or computer desktop station.
One draw back is that I felt the need to look up spelling after the sessions even though I was saying the words correctly, but couldn't quite figure out how it was spelled. That is probably just my own personal learning style. As I mentioned in the likes, spelling became apparent when I learned proper pronunciation of the language alphabet using the pronunciation word list printout beginning with Lesson 11 or 12.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Lacks reference material

Mostly a well constructed course which, if approached with some rigor, will get you started on a quest to learn another language. My principle complaint centers around the absence of written reference material. ...Read complete review

Mostly a well constructed course which, if approached with some rigor, will get you started on a quest to learn another language. My principle complaint centers around the absence of written reference material. There will often be words or a phrases similar in sound but differing in context, tense or singular as opposed to plural. I would have found the course less frustrating in this respect if each lesson was accompanied by a written text of the subject matter.

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5.0

The Pimsleur Method is Successful!

By Cherrie

from Indianapolis, IN

About Me Business person, Traveler

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy to use
  • Fun
  • It Works
  • Perfects Accent
  • Portable

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Business/Work
    • Family background/Heritage
    • Just for fun
    • Self-improvement
    • Travel

    Comments about Italian Phase 2, Units 1-30:

    I discovered Pimsleur after we booked a trip to Italy. I researched many different programs and their approaches to language learning. I settled on Pimsleur based upon reviews, ratings and word of mouth. And I'm very glad I did.

    People learn in different ways. And when you use Pimsleur's language training program you will have to find your own method of learning that will work for you. My success with Pimsleur has been due to the fact that I repeat and repeat lessons until I feel I can verbalize the sentences, words, phrases almost without giving it a thought. Similar to the way we speak our own native language. When I feel I've mastered 90-95%, I allow myself to progress to the next lesson...not before. Hence, 30 lessons may take me 60-90 days to accomplish but it has paid off and my retention is very good. If you can master a lesson, the following lesson will be much easier to take in and commit to memory.

    I am able to load Pimsleur lessons on my Kindle using the Audible App and my iPhone, also using the Audible App and I can take my lessons anywhere I go and totally immerse myself in the Italian language.

    I took 2 years of Spanish in College (grammar, sentence structure, verb conjugation and vocab) and have found that this has helped me to intellectualize and understand the Pimsleur lessons but I don't feel that is necessary to enjoy success with the Pimsleur Method.

    I love the Pimsleur Method and after I have mastered their Italian Language course, I plan to move into their Spanish course and then onto French. Looking forward to many travels!

     
    4.0

    Works !!

    By outlaw

    from Townsend , De

    About Me Traveler

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy to use
    • It Works
    • Perfects Accent
    • Portable

    Cons

    • Expensive
    • No writing component

    Best Uses

    • Business/Work
    • Family background/Heritage
    • Just for fun
    • Self-improvement
    • Travel

    Comments about Italian Phase 2, Units 1-30:

    The product works , you'll learn at a great pace .

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Tuscana

    By Alberto

    from Wisconsin

    About Me Traveler

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy to use
    • Fun
    • It Works
    • Perfects Accent

    Cons

    • Time commitment

    Best Uses

    • Just for fun
    • Self-improvement
    • Travel

    Comments about Italian Phase 2, Units 1-30:

    Just returned last week from trip to Tuscany and Rome. I knew no Italian prior to three months ago when I began with Pimsleur Essential. I found the phases I learned very useful particularly in getting directions, making change, telling time and numbers. Big problem is regional accepts. Even in Firenze, which is the cradle of the Italian language, some words sound strange eg. "c" sounds like "h" to me.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    I'm speaking Italian!

    By Miss Jodi

    from West Belmar, NJ

    About Me Artist, Musician, Teacher

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy to use
    • Fun
    • It Works
    • Perfects Accent
    • Portable

    Cons

    • Expensive

    Best Uses

    • Family background/Heritage
    • Just for fun
    • Self-improvement

    Comments about Italian Phase 2, Units 1-30:

    I am on lesson 6 of Phase 2 Italian and I can't believe how easy this is! This program teach in such a way that you begin to intuit the language and the way it is spoken. Much better than learning from a book! I'm actually speaking Italian!

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    It works

    By Me

    from Palestine, Texas

    About Me Traveler

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy to use
    • Fun
    • It Works
    • Perfects Accent
    • Portable

    Cons

    • No writing component

    Best Uses

    • Business/Work
    • Just for fun
    • Self-improvement
    • Travel

    Comments about Italian Phase 2, Units 1-30:

    Pimsleur is the first time that I have used a language-learning system for a language about which I had no prior knowledge. I was very curious to see how well Pimsleur could do.

    It works: It is as effective as it could be at the task that it is supposed to do: Take a person from a point where a language is just noise to an ability to communicate at a basic level -- quickly.

    I bought this for an upcoming trip.I therefore had a deadline and did not have the luxury of deep study. I needed results, and I needed them now.

    It works: I am especially impressed at the pacing. Whenever I tried to go faster than recommended, my progress slowed. Whenever I took time off, my progress slowed. Pimsleur has done its homework about how to teach.

    What I say to those who ask me is this: If you have to have a language and you must have it in 90 days, this is head and shoulders above the others.

    This is not the course to take to help learn the structure or grammar of a language -- It won't raise your letter grade, or help you on the GREs. I won't boost your vocabulary. It will teach you to HEAR, UNDERSTAND, AND ANSWER BACK ( with a decent accent. )

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