Italian IV, Comprehensive

Italian IV, Comprehensive

Learn to Speak and Understand Italian with Pimsleur Language Programs
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  • Lessons: 30
  • ISBN: 9781442357198
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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.

Italian IV, Comprehensive

A new 30-unit course designed to be completed after Italian Phase 3 (replaces Italian Plus 10-unit course).

Thirty 30-minute lessons totaling 15 hours of spoken Italian language learning, plus one hour of Reading Lessons designed to expand your vocabulary, expose you to a variety of cultural events, and give you practice reading and hearing Italian. Builds upon skills taught in Pimsleur's Italian Phases 1-3. You'll be speaking and understanding Italian with near-fluency and with a broad range of conversational skills. In Phase 4 the pace and conversation moves more rapidly, accelerating exposure to new vocabulary and structures, and approaching native speed and comprehension. You’ll learn to speak about your profession, needs, likes and dislikes, and to create complex sentences discussing the past, present and future. A few of the topics included in Italian Phase 4:

  • Accommodations: In addition to learning about accommodation options, you’ll inquire about amenities and local activities and events, get help with luggage, and ask about restaurant options and schedules.
  • Activities: biking, horseback riding, visiting art galleries, describing abstract qualities, seeing the opera, a theatrical performance or a concert in a variety of venues, sightseeing and touring ruins, churches and palaces. Checking schedules, buying tickets, taking a boat tour, a ferryboat or a cruise, visiting an aquarium or a winery. Attending cultural events and visiting iconic locations.
  • Shopping: trying on and buying various items of clothing, asking for colors and sizes, buying gifts and souvenirs, describing qualities of items, finding an ATM, going to an open-air market, haggling over prices, negotiating a discount, discussing shipping options and methods of payment.
  • Vacationing: visiting an agriturismo and participating in outdoor activities in a variety of locations, going to the beach or swimming pool. Booking in high or low season, dealing with crowds, getting around using a variety of transportation.
  • Dealing with Unforeseen Events – A trip to the emergency room, describing an accident, getting assistance, losing or forgetting personal items, rescheduling an engagement, finding the way on the map.
  • Renting or Buying a Home: Learn to talk about desired location and neighborhood, specifying requirements like furnished or unfurnished, describing qualities, views and space requirements.
  • Family and friends: conversing informally with and about friends and extended family – cousins, aunts, grandparents; meeting distant relatives, specifying relationships, telling family stories, describing family history, and talking informally about everyday situations.
  • Recipes / Food: Trying new food, discussing preparation, expressing likes and preferences, exploring regional specialties, tasting and describing qualities of wine and food.
  • Small talk: expressing opinions, wishes, and stating views; asking how someone is feeling, telling stories about people or places.

Speak with a natural-sounding, near-native accent. No mindless repetition! Converse with native speakers in natural and useful conversations at a high-intermediate level. Easy, fast, fun and effective – We guarantee satisfaction and a measurable level of spoken proficiency (rules and regulations apply, see http://www.pimsleur.com/Proficiency-Guarantee for more details). Learn anytime, anywhere. No computer necessary!

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.

Italian IV, Comprehensive

A new 30-unit course designed to be completed after Italian Phase 3 (replaces Italian Plus 10-unit course).

Thirty 30-minute lessons totaling 15 hours of spoken Italian language learning, plus one hour of Reading Lessons designed to expand your vocabulary, expose you to a variety of cultural events, and give you practice reading and hearing Italian. Builds upon skills taught in Pimsleur's Italian Phases 1-3. You'll be speaking and understanding Italian with near-fluency and with a broad range of conversational skills. In Phase 4 the pace and conversation moves more rapidly, accelerating exposure to new vocabulary and structures, and approaching native speed and comprehension. You’ll learn to speak about your profession, needs, likes and dislikes, and to create complex sentences discussing the past, present and future. A few of the topics included in Italian Phase 4:

  • Accommodations: In addition to learning about accommodation options, you’ll inquire about amenities and local activities and events, get help with luggage, and ask about restaurant options and schedules.
  • Activities: biking, horseback riding, visiting art galleries, describing abstract qualities, seeing the opera, a theatrical performance or a concert in a variety of venues, sightseeing and touring ruins, churches and palaces. Checking schedules, buying tickets, taking a boat tour, a ferryboat or a cruise, visiting an aquarium or a winery. Attending cultural events and visiting iconic locations.
  • Shopping: trying on and buying various items of clothing, asking for colors and sizes, buying gifts and souvenirs, describing qualities of items, finding an ATM, going to an open-air market, haggling over prices, negotiating a discount, discussing shipping options and methods of payment.
  • Vacationing: visiting an agriturismo and participating in outdoor activities in a variety of locations, going to the beach or swimming pool. Booking in high or low season, dealing with crowds, getting around using a variety of transportation.
  • Dealing with Unforeseen Events – A trip to the emergency room, describing an accident, getting assistance, losing or forgetting personal items, rescheduling an engagement, finding the way on the map.
  • Renting or Buying a Home: Learn to talk about desired location and neighborhood, specifying requirements like furnished or unfurnished, describing qualities, views and space requirements.
  • Family and friends: conversing informally with and about friends and extended family – cousins, aunts, grandparents; meeting distant relatives, specifying relationships, telling family stories, describing family history, and talking informally about everyday situations.
  • Recipes / Food: Trying new food, discussing preparation, expressing likes and preferences, exploring regional specialties, tasting and describing qualities of wine and food.
  • Small talk: expressing opinions, wishes, and stating views; asking how someone is feeling, telling stories about people or places.

Speak with a natural-sounding, near-native accent. No mindless repetition! Converse with native speakers in natural and useful conversations at a high-intermediate level. Easy, fast, fun and effective – We guarantee satisfaction and a measurable level of spoken proficiency (rules and regulations apply, see http://www.pimsleur.com/Proficiency-Guarantee for more details). Learn anytime, anywhere. No computer necessary!

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PimsleurItalian Phase 4, Units 1-30
 
4.6

(based on 15 reviews)

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Pros

  • Perfects accent (15)
  • Easy to use (14)
  • It works (13)
  • Portable (13)
  • Fun (9)

Cons

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

Best Uses

  • Travel (14)
  • Self-improvement (11)
  • Fun (8)
  • Family background/heritage (5)
  • Business/work (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Traveler (12), Business person (5)

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4.0

My favorite way to learn a language

By Language junkie

from Pasadena

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Pros

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

Cons

  • Expensive

Best Uses

  • Travel

Comments about Italian Phase 4, Units 1-30:

I've used Pimsleur to learn a language from scratch (Turkish), to build on a very small base (Greek) and now to polish up Italian. I like the method because it is entirely oral, so that I can work at it while walking my dog or driving. Also it promotes excellent pronunciation, even in a totally unfamiliar language.With Turkish I did have to supplement it with a conventional textbook to get a better sense of the logic of the language. Also a minor criticism is that the lessons sometimes stay too long on one theme (the important meeting for example). Otherwise I would and do recommend Pimsleur to friends wanting to improve their foreign language skills.

 
4.0

Make some additions to improve a good pr

By Ned

from NYC

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Pros

  • It Works
  • Perfects Accent

Cons

  • Expensive
  • See Suggestions Above

Best Uses

  • Self-improvement
  • Travel

Comments about Italian IV, Comprehensive:

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Service and delivery comments:

Like to have an è book /app for my iPad presenting all main vocabulary & phrases with appropriate pronunciation for each level. Would be happy to pay for it. This would reflect yours approach to providing the limited vocabulary necessary to learn a language.
Pls let me know I when you are ready to offer it.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Pimsleur is the greatest

By Viola Jo

from San Francisco

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Pros

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

Cons

  • No writing component

Best Uses

  • Just for fun
  • Self-improvement
  • Travel

Comments about Italian Phase 4, Units 1-30:

I listen to a lesson every day while I am exercising. Since I am more of an auditory learner, I found it very easy to follow, remember, and pronounce the words accurately. When I enrolled in a class, I was amazed that I knew a lot more than I had thought.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great, I love it.

By John

from Windsor, CT

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Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Self-improvement
    • Travel

    Comments about Italian Phase 4, Units 1-30:

    I'm learning more grammar, vocabulary, and idiomatic expressions. I'm hoping they'll be a level V. Can we know anything about the people who are speaking in these lessons?

     
    4.0

    Good but not enough Phases

    By Ross

    from Dallas TX

    About Me Business person

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    Pros

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

    Cons

    • 4 Phases Too Short
    • Expensive

    Best Uses

    • Business/Work

    Comments about Italian Phase 4, Units 1-30:

    Great for doing on the road if willing to work almost every day. Great for accent, tone, and pronunciation. Grammar not explained much. Also, 4 phases is not enough...need about 12-15 phases to really get close to a native speaking level. Right now I'm understanding only 20-25% of Italian TV. 4 phases is good for a tourist who wants to communicate on a basic level, not more.

    Service and delivery comments:

    1.Explain grammar more and better.
    2.Put more basic things, like "I forgot", "I brought",etc much earlier.
    3.I'm seeing each Phase add somewhere between 5-10% of fluency and comprehension of that of a native level speaker. There really needs to be 12-15 phases to really be effective. 4 Phases is wayyy too short.

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