Pimsleur Italian Level 2 CD

Pimsleur Italian Level 2 CD

Learn to Speak and Understand Italian with Pimsleur Language Programs

  • This Edition: CD ( Also available in: MP3 )
  • Lessons: 30
  • ISBN: 9780743528795
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  • List Price: $345.00

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Description

Includes 30 lessons and reading instruction on 16 CDs (16 hrs), plus Reading Booklet and User’s Guide.

The Easiest and Fastest Way to Learn Italian
Whether you want to travel, communicate with friends or colleagues, reconnect with family, or just understand more of what’s going on in the world around you, learning Italian will expand your horizons and immeasurably enrich your life.

The best part is that it doesn’t have to be difficult or take years to master. Thirty minutes a day is all it takes, and we get you speaking right from the first day. Pimsleur courses use a scientifically-proven method that puts you in control of your learning. If you’ve tried other language learning methods but found they simply didn’t stick, then you owe it to yourself to give Pimsleur a try.

Why Pimsleur?
- Quick + Easy – Only 30 minutes a day.
- Portable + Flexible – Core lessons can be done anytime, anywhere, and easily fit into your busy life.
- Proven Method – Works when other methods fail.
- Self-Paced – Go fast or go slow – it’s up to you.
- Based in Science – Developed using proven research on memory and learning.
- Cost-effective – Less expensive than classes or immersion, and features all native speakers.
- Genius – Triggers your brain’s natural aptitude to learn.
- Works for everyone – Recommended for ages 13 and above.

What’s Included?
- 30, 30-minute audio lessons
- 60 minutes of reading instruction to provide you practice reading Italian
- in total, 16 hours of audio, all featuring native speakers
- a Reading Booklet and User’s Guide

What You’ll Learn
Builds upon skills taught in Pimsleur’s Italian Level 1.

In the first 10 lessons you’ll begin using the past tense. Structures become more complex and informal speech is introduced. Soon you’ll take part in conversations about ordering meals, shopping, and local tourist attractions. As you progress, your fluency will increase as your vocabulary expands.

The next 10 lessons will allow you to further combine and build upon known elements, and produce longer and more complex sentences. You’ll be discussing business and social activities, expressing your interests, and talking about the weather.

In the final 10 lessons you’ll double your vocabulary and have several hundred structures to draw upon. You’ll learn to express yourself with relative structures – faster, slower, etc. You’ll be able to ask for assistance in many situations and to ask for directions to various locations. You’ll explore sports and leisure activities, manage changing money and banking, and discuss travel plans. By the end of the program, you’ll be speaking at a mid-intermediate level with near-native pronunciation, and you’ll be comfortable meeting most social demands and limited job requirements.

Reading Lessons are included at the end of Lesson 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 things you’ll experience when visiting a Italian-speaking country.

The Pimsleur Method
We make no secret of what makes this powerful method work so well. Paul Pimsleur spent his career researching and perfecting the precise elements anyone can use to learn a language quickly and easily. Here are a few of his “secrets”:

The Principle of Anticipation
In the nanosecond between a cue and your response, your brain has to work to come up with the right word. Having to do this boosts retention, and cements the word in your mind.

Core Vocabulary
Words, phrases, and sentences are selected for their usefulness in everyday conversation. We don’t overwhelm you with too much, but steadily increase your ability with every lesson.

Graduated Interval Recall
Reminders of new words and structures come up at the exact interval for maximum retention and storage into your long-term memory.

Organic Learning
You work on multiple aspects of the language simultaneously. We integrate grammar, vocabulary, rhythm, melody, and intonation into every lesson, which allows you to experience the language as a living, expressive form of human culture.

Learning in Context
Research has shown that learning new words in context dramatically accelerates your ability to remember. Every scene in every Pimsleur lesson is set inside a conversation between two people. There are no drills, and no memorization necessary for success.

Active Participation
The Pimsleur Method + active learner participation = success. This method works with every language and every learner who follows it. You gain the power to recall and use what you know, and to add new words easily, exactly as you do in English.

The Italian Language
Italian is the official language of Italy and San Marino, and one of the official languages of Switzerland, Croatia, and Slovenia. Italian is spoken by about 58 million people in Italy, 24,000 in San Marino, 840,000 in Switzerland, another million in other European countries, and approximately 5 million in North and South America. Historically, Italian is a daughter language of Latin. Italian uses the Roman alphabet and the pronunciation of the language follows the spelling very closely.

Tech Talk
- CDs are formatted for playing in all CD players, including car players, and users can copy files for use in iTunes or Windows Media Player.

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REVIEWS SUMMARY

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Pimsleur Italian Level 2 MP3
 
4.6

(based on 37 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (25)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (10)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

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of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (34)
  • It works (34)
  • Portable (30)
  • Perfects accent (29)
  • Fun (23)

Cons

  • Pricey / poor value (7)
  • Too fast (7)
  • No writing component (6)

Best Uses

  • Travel (32)
  • Self-improvement (27)
  • Fun (18)
  • Family background/heritage (13)
  • Business/work (9)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Traveler (26), Business person (10)

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

Fantastic product

By Quasar

from Newton

About Me Traveler

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy to use
  • It Works

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Self-improvement
    • Travel

    Comments about Pimsleur Italian Level 2 MP3:

    I started borrowing this from my local library and I liked it so much I bought it. I used Rosetta Stone which is great for vocabulary but it's weak on conversation. My Italian has improved dramatically since I started using pimsleur

     
    5.0

    These CDs are helping me SO much!

    By Love Italy

    from Santa Barbara, CA

    About Me Senior Citizen

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

    • Expensive
    • No writing component

    Best Uses

    • Just for fun
    • Self-improvement
    • Travel

    Comments about Pimsleur Italian Level 2 CD:

    I did the Level I Italian CDs last year and they totally helped me get through my trip to Italy in October! Now I am going further by using the level II and III CDs! I am learning much faster now and really enjoy it, plus the exercise for my brain is fantastic. I got all of the sets of CDs I have purchased on sale and that really helped me be able to do this. Italian is so beautiful... music to my ears. I wish I could live there! At least I am saving money to hopefully return for 2 weeks again this year.

    Service and delivery comments:

    Delivery was made sooner than expected. Thanks!

     
    5.0

    I've used Pimsleur for 7 languages

    By Lee the traveler

    from Portland, OR

    About Me Traveler

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

    • Expensive

    Best Uses

    • Travel

    Comments about Pimsleur Italian Level 2 MP3:

    I have used the Pimsleur program for Spanish, Italian, Croatian, Eastern Armenian, Arabic, Russian, and Albanian. I love to travel and like to know a little of the language before arriving in the country. I find Pimsleur to be excellent for the following reasons:1. well organized, auditory lessons using vocabulary very practical and appropriate for travelers 2. pace is good; each lesson reviews material from both the preceding lesson and also some from less recent lessons.Lessons are 30 minutes, a good length of time to feel you are realistically able to do a lesson each day. It is nice to be able to play the CDs in your car for review. Soon you find that you are able to assemble your own new sentences using vocabulary you have learned 3. some reading lessons are provided--very helpful for practicing decoding the written words (I did not use this for languages with other alphabets).
    I have a little experience with Rosetta Stone and I find Pimsleur MUCH better for acquiring a usable level of language relatively quickly.

    Service and delivery comments:

    Delivery was prompt, materials in good condition.

     
    5.0

    Excellent. Suits my ambitions to a T.

    By Diaghilev

    from Los Angeles

    About Me Older, still active man in Entertainment field.

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

    • Leaflets with new words written down desirable.

    Best Uses

    • Self-improvement

    Comments about Pimsleur Italian Level 2 CD:

    Like necessity of speaking at once and continued response to instructor and his aides.

    Like gradualness of course. Not too extreme 'jumps' in conveyed information.

    Service and delivery comments:

    Pimsleur 1 arrived with bad storage choice. CD's in pockets from which they were continually sliding. Italian 2 arrived with corrected container. Problem solved.

    Also... Italian 1 arrived without Reader. I tried to get one but had no luck doing so.

     
    5.0

    Italian level 2

    By Sue S.

    from Fort Wayne, IN

    About Me Traveler

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Self-improvement
      • Travel

      Comments about Pimsleur Italian Level 2 MP3:

      traveling soon good to know some of the language
      like the repetition

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