Learn Italian with The Pimsleur Method

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It’s now possible to speak and understand a foreign language effortlessly. The world-famous Pimsleur Method™ combines well-established research, most-useful vocabulary and a completely intuitive process to get you speaking right from the first day. All Pimsleur® courses feature real-world context and flexible vocabulary enabling you to learn your new language in a fluid, natural way. It’s the simplest way to start speaking a new language today.

Italian is the official language of Italy and San Marino, and an official language of Switzerland, Croatia, and Slovenia. It is spoken by about 66 million worldwide. Learn Italian today with Pimsleur. READ MORE »

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PimsleurItalian Phase 1, Units 1-30
 
4.3

(based on 22 reviews)

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Pros

  • It works (20)
  • Easy to use (18)
  • Perfects accent (17)
  • Portable (17)
  • Fun (16)

Cons

  • Pricey / poor value (3)
  • Too fast (3)

Best Uses

  • Travel (20)
  • Self-improvement (17)
  • Fun (15)
  • Family background/heritage (10)
  • Business/work (7)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Traveler (15), Business person (8)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Like a Roman

To whom it may concern:

I wanted to write to you and say thank you for the excellent language programs that you provide. I was considered unable to learn a language in...Read complete review

To whom it may concern:

I wanted to write to you and say thank you for the excellent language programs that you provide. I was considered unable to learn a language in High school and struggled with Spanish in college. I first tried your 10 day French program 6 years ago and I still have retained the conversations learned there in. About a month and a half ago I went overseas for the first time to Italy and was very nervous about not knowing the language. I had one month to learn Italian and since I was so confident with the French that I learned from your compnay, I decided to try your Italian program. I was blown away at how easy it was to learn a new language and retain it along with my French. Not only was I was able to understand conversation I was able to speak it and be understood by all the people I came in contact with in Rome. I was able to help my family find directions to places we wanted to go and I was able to order food and drink with ease and by the end of my week there I felt very comfortable with the language so much so that several cab driver mistook me as a local. The French also came in handy when I got lost and I went to ask for directions and I was able to get directions from a French tourist.
The Pimsleur works and I highly recommend it to anyone who is wanting to learn a language and be able to converse in it. I never dreamed that I would be able to speak another language and you have proved that I can! Thank you for this amazing experience and for helping me communicate and become connected with the world around me. I highly recommend Pimsleur languages because it works and it works very well. Have a wonderful day.

Sincerely,

Brandon A. McCluskey

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

good and also frustrating

two complaints:
1. the reading material function is questionable. while helpful to see the words and how they are pronounced, there is no translation so you don't know what you are saying....Read complete review

two complaints:
1. the reading material function is questionable. while helpful to see the words and how they are pronounced, there is no translation so you don't know what you are saying. adding a translation would help with building vocabulary.

2. as the responses become more complex, i found that the amount of time given to reply was too short, making for a frustrating experience. i realize that the program tries to increase speed, however, an addtional few seconds would have been more helpful to me. Also, as sentences become more complex, it was harder to understand/hear the pronunciation of the words by the native speakers. yes, they were speaking at the native pace, which is fine and an important goal to reach, but.....there are lessons that what i heard is just one blur of sound and the individual words were harder to distinguish.

i am currently on lesson 14. i have had to revisit lessons multiple times starting at lesson 12 given what i wrote above. this is not a negative criticism of the program, more an exercise in frustration in progress.

all that said, am i learning the language, as of lesson 14...YES.

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Good Value

By mcraytontravel

from NYC

About Me Traveler

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Can Repeat Lessons
  • Easy to use
  • Fun
  • It Works
  • Portable

Cons

  • Response Time Short

Best Uses

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

Comments about Italian Phase 1, Units 1-30:

I have vast experience with teaching languages and I think this in between method is very good, not quite immersion but not classroom style either. Until one learns how to think in the target language (which is not easy); the English prompts are realistic: this is how normal people think when they are learning a language. People are first thinking in their first language and trying to translate at the same time. Repeating key phrases and vocabulary at almost authentic speed is helpful for travelers. Makes a commute seem to go faster.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

The Pimsleur Method method is spot-on

By Khat

from Huntington Beach, CA

About Me Service Worker

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

  • Droid App Sometimes Stops

Best Uses

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

Comments about Italian Phase 1, Units 1-30:

I use both the Croatian and Italian courses on my Droid as I exercise, drive to and from work, or even at the beach. The courses are easy to use, and I never feel "stressed" as I can always go back and review the material at my leisure. The method of teaching is unlike anything I've experienced, and I am speaking Croatian and Italian well enough that at work, native speakers understand me. This is an excellent product and well-priced, too.

Service and delivery comments:

Sometimes, the Droid app has trouble recovering itself when I leave it for a moment to deal with a text message. If I do that, the Pimsleur app stops responding about 50% of the time. It only takes a couple of taps to get it going again, but this is the one con I can think of.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Good Content, app needs work

By GeorgeD

from New York, NY

About Me Business person, Traveler

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy to use
  • It Works
  • Perfects Accent
  • Portable
  • Reading And Speaking

Cons

  • App Needs Upgrades

Best Uses

  • Just for fun
  • Self-improvement
  • Travel

Comments about Italian Phase 1, Units 1-30:

I've used Pinmsleur successfully in the days of cassette tapes and audio CDs, so giving the MP3 iPhone app was an easy choice to brush up on my Italian for an upcoming trip to Rome. Pimsleur is very effective; if you follow the program faithfully, you WILL learn the language. Period. The randomization and repetition of words in different contexts, the building-block concept all come together to give you a surprisingly high level of fluency very quickly. I've doubled up on the lessons, doing two a day (since this is a refresher for me) and will now move on to the next level. In 30 days I will have a comfortable level of speaking and understanding Italian for everyday travel and social situations. Pretty amazing.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Learning is challenging but fun

By Singing is my thang

from Seattle WA

About Me Business person, Traveler

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

  • Too Fast

Best Uses

  • Self-improvement
  • Travel

Comments about Italian Phase 1, Units 1-30:

Lessons 1-8 I was breezing along doing pretty well I thought...then I hit lesson 9 and got hung up big time. I have listened to it at least 6 times and I still can't remember most of the next words/phrases. Seems like they added just a little too much at one time for me. Lesson 10 restored my faith and now I'm struggling a bit with lesson 12. I'm plugging along and am still excited for I'm going to Italy in September.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great start

By Aspiring Polyglot

from East Coast, USA

About Me Traveler

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 1, Units 1-30:

I have not finished Phase 1 yet, but I am really enjoying it so far.

It was purchased for me as a gift because I am dabbling in the Romance languages for fun. I love that I am able to say full sentences by the end of each lesson. I love that it breaks down words so that you can better understand the pronunciation. I'm really looking forward to completing this course and getting the next one!

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