We are preparing for a trip to Italy and I wanted to get some familiarity with the language. The older I get, the harder learning a new language seems to be. I am totally amazed at how comfortable I am becoming with simple conversations. I am enjoying learning Italian, and find this instruction to be totally non-threatening and interesting. The approach challenges me to think in the language in a new way - it isn't just listen and repeat - it engages you in a conversation. There is a very appropriate amount of review and recall, but you can't get bored because new words and conversations keep occurring. This course is comparable to, or maybe even better than, having a live instructor! Now that I've found Pimsleur, I hope to be able to explore more languages, too.
Io e mio marito andiamo a Roma domani! This was an excellent way for me to work on learning some Italian while I take the dog for walks (there goes that crazy woman walking her dog and spouting random Italian words and phrases again) or commute to/from work. I found that it worked best for me to listen to a unit a couple of times before moving on. I also had a dictionary to check the spelling and conjugations because at times it was difficult to tell what they were saying. For example, I thought they were saying "abesso" for now and it was really "adesso". I feel like the method is excellent and that I know enough to speak to desk clerks at hotels or train stations, ask for directions, and say that I would like some wine (Vorrei bere di'l vino). Grazie Mille Pimsleur! Ciao!