Italian Phase 2, Units 1-30

Italian Phase 2, Units 1-30

Learn to Speak and Understand Italian with Pimsleur Language Programs
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  • Lessons: 30
  • ISBN: 9781442315303
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Includes 30 lessons and reading instruction (16 hours) as MP3 download, plus PDF user's guide and 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.

Can learning another language be as easy as speaking your own? Yes with Pimsleur it’s that easy. Learn on your own time, at your own pace, and wherever you choose. Italian Phase 2 includes 15 hours of spoken language practice and one additional hour of reading instruction, and is designed to be used after completing Phase 1.

  • In the first 10 lessons of Phase 2, you begin to use the past tense. Structures become more complex and informal speech is introduced. Conversations become fuller, and learners are able to discuss business and social activities, manage shopping situations, and express their interests. As you progress, vocabulary is expanded and fluency increases.
  • The next 10 lessons of Phase 2 allow you to further combine and build upon known elements, and produce longer and more complex sentences. You learn to bargain with shopkeepers, deal with business situation, get and give medical information, and discuss the weather.
  • In the final 10 lessons of Phase 2, you’ve doubled your vocabulary and have several hundred structures to draw upon. You’ll gain experience asking for assistance, finding a location that is some distance away, and using relative structures – faster, slower, etc. Sports and leisure activities are explored, as well as shopping, changing money, and future travel plans. By the end of Phase 2, you’re speaking at a midintermediate level with nearnative pronunciation, and you are comfortable meeting most social demands and limited job requirements.

Reading Lessons are included at the end of Unit 30. These lessons, which total about one hour, are designed to give you practice reading Italian, and to provide you with some insight into Italian culture with proverbs, common expressions, and a broad look at some of the things you’ll see when visiting an Italianspeaking country. A Reading Booklet to be used with the audio lessons is also included in PDF format.

Description

Includes 30 lessons and reading instruction (16 hours) as MP3 download, plus PDF user's guide and 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.

Can learning another language be as easy as speaking your own? Yes with Pimsleur it’s that easy. Learn on your own time, at your own pace, and wherever you choose. Italian Phase 2 includes 15 hours of spoken language practice and one additional hour of reading instruction, and is designed to be used after completing Phase 1.

  • In the first 10 lessons of Phase 2, you begin to use the past tense. Structures become more complex and informal speech is introduced. Conversations become fuller, and learners are able to discuss business and social activities, manage shopping situations, and express their interests. As you progress, vocabulary is expanded and fluency increases.
  • The next 10 lessons of Phase 2 allow you to further combine and build upon known elements, and produce longer and more complex sentences. You learn to bargain with shopkeepers, deal with business situation, get and give medical information, and discuss the weather.
  • In the final 10 lessons of Phase 2, you’ve doubled your vocabulary and have several hundred structures to draw upon. You’ll gain experience asking for assistance, finding a location that is some distance away, and using relative structures – faster, slower, etc. Sports and leisure activities are explored, as well as shopping, changing money, and future travel plans. By the end of Phase 2, you’re speaking at a midintermediate level with nearnative pronunciation, and you are comfortable meeting most social demands and limited job requirements.

Reading Lessons are included at the end of Unit 30. These lessons, which total about one hour, are designed to give you practice reading Italian, and to provide you with some insight into Italian culture with proverbs, common expressions, and a broad look at some of the things you’ll see when visiting an Italianspeaking country. A Reading Booklet to be used with the audio lessons is also included in PDF format.

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PimsleurItalian Phase 2, Units 1-30
 
4.5

(based on 21 reviews)

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  • It works (20)
  • Easy to use (19)
  • Perfects accent (17)
  • Portable (17)
  • Fun (12)

Cons

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

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  • Travel (19)
  • Self-improvement (18)
  • Fun (12)
  • Family background/heritage (9)
  • Business/work (7)
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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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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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4.0

Excellent system

By Learn Italian

from Lucca, Italy

About Me Traveler

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Pros

  • Easy to use
  • It Works
  • Portable

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Self-improvement
    • Travel

    Comments about Italian Phase 2, Units 1-30:

    First of all, I cannot listen once and move to the next lesson. I'm not that good.

    It's convenient and can be listened to without a wifi connection.
    Helps to improve my vocabulary..
    Each lesson can be listened to any number of times.
    Move at my own pace.

    Would like more help with grammar.

     
    3.0

    Good product

    By Karen

    from Los Angeles,ca

    About Me Business person

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy to use
    • Perfects Accent
    • Portable

    Cons

    • Too Fast

    Best Uses

    • Family background/Heritage
    • Travel

    Comments about Italian Phase 2, Units 1-30:

    This is a good product to use in conjunction with classes. Speakers sometimes speak too fast for beginners. Also would like instruction on when prepositions are used.

     
    5.0

    SUCCESS - after years of "limping along"

    By RomanGrandma

    from Palm Desert, CA

    About Me Traveler

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

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

      Comments about Italian Phase 2, Units 1-30:

      My husband spent years visiting Rome - I have family (including 2 grandchildren) there. During that time I limped along, picking up a vocabulary along with phrases that worked for very basic needs. I have studied grammars and academic Italian workbooks. I simply felt inept and wondered why fluent Italian was not happening for me.

      Pimsleur has been transformative! Hearing the proper language, speaking (without fear of mistakes) and repetition (I am dedicated to the daily lesson) are putting the pieces together almost effortlessly! The flow of proper words are there for me. I can express my thoughts instead of grasping for disconnected words. Thank you!

       
      4.0

      Tremendously Effective

      By Valacho

      from Vermont

      About Me Business person

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

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

        Comments about Italian Phase 2, Units 1-30:

        I am quite enjoying using this product. I started with Phase 1 last year, prior to a trip to Italy, and found it quite effective for the limited amount of time I used it before the trip.

        I listen to it during my commute (1 hour) every morning during the week, and this has been an excellent use of my time. Granted, I cannot do the reading portion of the lessons this way, but that does not impede my progress. I sometimes find myself checking words via Google Translate after I finish when I'm at a computer, so I can see them to know what I am trying to pronounce if I'm having any difficulty.

        What I like about the Pimsleur method is that there is a need to make the attempt to translate and speak in the pause before the lesson continues. The need to make the attempt seems to force my brain to make the connections. Also, Phase 2 (I'm on lesson 15, so mid-way through) has started integrating conversation which combines items learned earlier in novel ways, forcing me to try and use the correct word order by understanding it, not by rote repetition.

        Somewhere around lesson 10 or 11 of Phase 2, my brain seems to have changed from really having to focus in order to translate correctly, to just speaking without needing so much concentration, and I was getting it right. That's a great feeling! I find some pronunciation difficult to hear over my car noise, and the "gli" sound is particularly challenging for me, but I like the repetition of words using it which gives me more practice. And if I listen while in a quieter environment, I do better. That's not a reflection on the program, rather a choice I made.

        I occasionally go back and listen to prior lessons in their entirety and have found this really increases my comfort level and retention. The lessons do a very good job of referring back to things learned in past lessons, too, but I find extra reinforcement useful.

        Something that was somewhat annoying was the use of surnames which were a bit close in sound to some of the new words introduced in the same lesson. Perhaps that is done deliberately, but it does tend to confuse my brain. Also, I find that when I am trying to remember the name of Mr. Parodi (or whatever his name is) I forget what in the world I was trying to translate and miss my chance in the pause allowed. For this reason, I frequently change the names of the conversation individuals to "Mr. Smith" or "Mrs. Smith" so I can focus on the more important (to me) parts.

        One aspect that is not as good has nothing to do with the method, but with the format for use on a tablet. The Pimsleur app for Android is very, very slow to load and slow to respond. When I touch play or pause, there is a significant lag. Also the app itself takes a *very* long time to start. I like that it tracks what lessons I have completed, because when I listen to the .mp3 files via the media player, I lose track, but that lag is almost comical. I'm used to it, but still lament the length of time it takes to engage.

         
        5.0

        Love learning languages with Pimsleur!

        By Bouchette

        from Irvington, New York

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

        • No writing component
        • Too Fast

        Best Uses

        • Family background/Heritage
        • Self-improvement
        • Travel

        Comments about Italian Phase 2, Units 1-30:

        I love Pimsleur tapes. They are a great way to begin learning a new language. I especially like listening to the tapes with full attention. As I listen, I write the words down and look up the correct spelling. In this way I am learning to speak, write and read. Otherwise, one only learns how to speak and not write. Using a dictionary is very helpful especially one that conjugates the verbs. This fills in the reading and writing component which is missing. The reading section could be improved to include each lessons'new words and phrases rather than having random words.

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