Pimsleur Italian Levels 1-3 CD

Pimsleur Italian Levels 1-3 CD

Learn to Speak and Understand Italian with Pimsleur Language Programs
  • This Edition: CD ( Also available in: MP3 )
  • Lessons: 90
  • ISBN: 9780743557672
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  • List Price: $695.00

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Description

Includes 90 lessons and reading instruction on 48 CDs (48 hrs), plus 3 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?
- 90, 30-minute audio lessons
- 3 hours of Italian reading instruction and practice
- in total, 48 hours of audio, all featuring native speakers
- a Reading Booklet for each level and a User’s Guide

What You’ll Learn
This program includes all of Italian Levels 1, 2, and 3. With this program you start from zero, first learning survival phrases and vocabulary, and eventually progressing to a high-intermediate level of speaking and understanding 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. By the end of the program, you’ll have gained experience participating in many informal and some formal discussions on practical, social, and semiprofessional topics. You’ll skillfully form longer, more complex sentences, and most importantly, you’ll find yourself being understood, even by native speakers unused to dealing with foreigners.

Reading Lessons are included at the end of Lesson 30 for each Level. These lessons, which total about three hours, are designed to give you practice sounding out Italian and then to help you progress to reading for meaning. They also provide extensive additional vocabulary. Before you know it, you’ll be reading Italian with the ease and flexibility of a native speaker.

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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Pimsleur Italian Levels 1-3 MP3
 
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  • Easy to use (5)
  • It works (5)
  • Portable (5)
  • Perfects accent (4)
  • Fun (3)

Cons

  • No writing component (3)

Best Uses

  • Travel (4)
  • Fun (3)
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4.0

Italy here we come

By Bob

from Fredericksburg, VA

About Me Traveler

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

  • Expensive
  • No writing component

Best Uses

  • Travel

Comments about Pimsleur Italian Levels 1-3 MP3:

Tried the CD based conversational package of Italian and liked it. Bought the MP3 version of the Levels 1-3 and am enjoying the portability. The speakers speak rapidly, which is good because that is what we will hear in Italy. But sometimes it's hard to distinguish the words. Italian speakers tend to run words together. Have used the MP3 product on a home computer and a smart phone. I prefer the computer but the portability of the phone is very convenient.

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I am a visual learner and do not believe that language can be learned simply by listening. So I have made use of on line translator software and a dictionary to supplement the lessons. The reading lessons are helpful to understand pronunciation, but the absence of a translation diminishes the usefulness of the effort.

 
5.0

A Wonderful Course

By Sara

from Williamsburg, VA

About Me Business person, Traveler

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 Pimsleur Italian Levels 1-3 MP3:

    I love this product!
    I use it as is recommended - i.e. daily, one lesson per day (sometimes the same lesson twice per day: morning and evening).
    It is easy to use on my computer (MP3 download).
    The speakers/teachers are clear and pleasant to listen to. I will occasionally pause the lesson to take extra time to compose my responses.
    It challenges me and I like that!

     
    5.0

    Excellent method of learning Italian!

    By Rock

    from Pittsburgh

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

    • Expensive
    • No writing component

    Best Uses

    • Family background/Heritage
    • Just for fun

    Comments about Pimsleur Italian Levels 1-3 MP3:

    In the car on the way to and from work.

    Great to learn conversational Italian.

    I wish that the text of the conversation was available so that I could learn to read and write the language as well. Also it would be nice to learn how to conjugate the verbs with each lesson.
    It would be nice to have visual options as well.

    Thank you for a fine product!

     
    5.0

    Italian 1-2-3

    By Sono io

    from Atlanta

    About Me Traveler

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy to use
    • It Works
    • Portable

    Cons

    • No writing component

    Best Uses

    • Travel

    Comments about Pimsleur Italian Levels 1-3 MP3:

    Have listened to Italian 1-2-3 on Audiofy bookchip player with ear buds many times. Some lessons as many as 50 times. Using the cd's in a car stereo produced excellent sound as car speakers are infinitely better than ear buds. Will retire next year and started looking for rental apartments in Venice on internet. While communicating with email to Italian rental agents, it dawned on me that I can't read nor write Italian, but I can hear and speak it. It would be great if Pimsleur would make available the script of each lesson in Word files, or PDF files so I could learn to read and write also. Just because I can hear and pronounce a word doesn't mean I can spell it! All of the Pimsleur words may be covered in the reading booklets, purtroppo, I have never had time to read any.

     
    5.0

    An excellent tool for learning

    By Marco

    from Pinehurst, N.C.

    About Me Business person, Traveler

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

    • Time commitment
    • You Must Commit

    Best Uses

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

    Comments about Pimsleur Italian Levels 1-3 MP3:

    The product is exactly as advertised and the approach ( one lesson per day, every day ) I find very effective.
    I have a routine now where I listen to a new lesson every night ( just listen)and the next day I take a walk with my MP3 device and listen and respond to the lesson again. This seems to work for me!

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