Pimsleur Italian Levels 1-2 MP3

Pimsleur Italian Levels 1-2 MP3

Learn to Speak and Understand Italian with Pimsleur Language Programs
  • This Edition: MP3 ( Also available in: CD )
  • Lessons: 60
  • ISBN: 9781442347052
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  • List Price: $230.00

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Description

Includes 60 lessons and reading instruction as MP3 download (32 hrs), plus 2 Reading Booklets and a 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?
- 60, 30-minute audio lessons
- 2 hours of reading instruction to provide you with an introduction to reading Italian
- in total, 32 hours of audio, all featuring native speakers
- a Reading Booklet for each level and a User’s Guide

What You’ll Learn
This Italian program includes all of Pimsleur’s Italian Levels 1 & 2. With this program you start from zero, first learning survival phrases and vocabulary, and eventually progressing to a mid-intermediate level of speaking, understanding, and reading Italian.

Every lesson contains an introductory conversation, and isolated vocabulary and structures, as well as full practice for all vocabulary introduced. Emphasis is on pronunciation and comprehension. At the completion of this course, you’ll be able to speak comfortably about things that happened in the past and make plans for the future; you’ll speak confidently using your wide-ranging vocabulary, and experience the Italian Language and culture with a deepening insight.

Reading Lessons are included to provide you with an introduction to reading Italian. These lessons, which total about one hour for each level, are designed to teach you to sound out words with correct pronunciation and accent.

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
- Lessons can be downloaded using the Pimsleur Course Manager App for iPad, iPhone and Android devices, and Mac or Windows computers, or
- Lessons can be downloaded as a zip file for use in iTunes or Windows Media Player.
- All purchased courses are backed up in your Pimsleur.com cloud-based digital library account.
- Lessons can be played on your iPod or any MP3 player.
- The Pimsleur Course Manager App can be installed on several devices for personal use only.
- Lessons are non-DRM (Digital Rights Management) MP3 files and can be copied onto a CD or DVD for playing in a CD/DVD player.

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REVIEWS SUMMARY

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PimsleurItalian Phases 1-2
 
4.3

(based on 9 reviews)

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Pros

  • Portable (8)
  • Easy to use (7)
  • Fun (7)
  • It works (7)
  • Perfects accent (5)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Travel (7)
    • Self-improvement (6)
    • Family background/heritage (5)
    • Fun (5)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Traveler (6), Business person (4)

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    5.0

    Will definitely recommend Pimsleur !!!

    By Linda Lou

    from Columbus OH

    About Me Hospital Employee

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy to use
    • Fun
    • It Works
    • Love It
    • No Computer
    • Perfects Accent
    • Portable

    Cons

    • Expensive
    • Expensive But Worth It

    Best Uses

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

    Comments about Italian I-II:

    I listen every night in my car driving home from work. Takes my mind off stuff and I am learning. I really like the method. I remember more than I ever thought I would. very pleased.
    However, I had to pay for shipping. It says above shipping was free!!! Can I be reimbursed?

     
    4.0

    Learning Italian the easy way

    By Renee

    from Jensen Beach, FL

    Verified Buyer

    Comments about Italian Phases 1-2:

    I use Pimsler while driving in my car. I've downloaded the program to my IPhone and it is so convenient to use, I have to go over the chapter more than once before I move on but I feel I am grasping the language as well as some grammar. I would like to see how some of the words are spelled especially the alley in Phase 1. I still don't have that word right. I keep plugging away and will continue to study until I am fluent.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great Product for Our Needs

    By Jeff

    from Clovis, CA

    About Me Traveler

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Best For Joint Learning
    • Easy to use
    • Fun
    • It Works
    • Perfects Accent
    • Portable

    Cons

      Best Uses

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

      Comments about Italian Phases 1-2:

      My wife and I are using the Italian Phase 1 & 2. We progress on the recommended daily progression. We are at very different levels at understanding Italian words and grammar but we have found it very useful to us doing it together because it focus on a weak spot for both of us and that is listening to and speaking Italian. We both have some to a lot of foundation in Italian grammar so it was a surprise that it met both of our needs perfectly. It also helps us help each other practice between lessons. We both highly recommend it to create and improve fluency in both listening and reading Italian.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      I WILL Use This Again

      By BRob

      from San Jose, CA

      About Me Business person, Lawyer, Teacher, Traveler

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • A Little Spicy At Times
      • Easy to use
      • Fun
      • It Works
      • Perfects Accent
      • Portable

      Cons

      • No Scripts Of Lessons
      • Not All Relevant

      Best Uses

      • Just for fun
      • Self-improvement
      • Travel

      Comments about Italian Phases 1-2:

      Pimsleur's selling point is that they teach you a language organically and through conversation, which is how we learn our first language. I think they succeed at this as closely as anyone could. Pimsleur is a lot of fun, and the words "stick" because you learn them in context and recall them in context.

      I have completed Phases I and II of Italian. I fly to Italy tomorrow, and I am curious and excited to see how much I can put to use. Am I totally fluent? No way. Will I be able to say a lot of things? Absolutely. Will I be able to understand native Italians? Probably somewhat. Would I be totally fluent if I continue with the next two phases? Probably!

      I also love that the program is all audio. This is because I can do the sessions in the car during my commute. A visual element might be appropriate, since seeing and identifying objects visually IS part of an organic learning process.

      Other concerns:
      People have talked before about wanting written scripts along with the lessons. I do think sometimes it is better to just focus on speakin and hearing, but when I have looked up a word from the course, it has helped me understand the pronunctiation.

      Also, I don't feel as prepared for my Italian vacation as I think I could have been after two full phases, (60 lessons). There will be some elements of travel that I may not understand. After two phases, I will be able to tell the hotel staff the doings and ages if my nonexistent adult children, but I will not be able to tell them that there is a puke stain on my pillow. Perhaps there should be more context-relevant courses available, such as Italian I for business, for travel, for dating, etc.

      Service and delivery comments:

      Make it more relevant to what I am doing. Offer a course geared toward vacation travel. Provide written scripts for the actual lessons rather than reading lessons of random words. Include more listening practice in the target language, ie, more prompts and questions in the target language.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Good Refresher after years of neglect

      By Phil

      from Chicago, IL

      About Me Traveler

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy to use
      • Portable

      Cons

      • Write Out The Words Being

      Best Uses

      • Travel

      Comments about Italian Phases 1-2:

      I am using this product after about 8 years of finishing a 2 year course on the Italian language. The pace is very good with a lot of repition and reminders. However, I wish there was a written log of the words being used in the lessons because the sound does not always make the words clear.

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