The Pimsleur® Method: the easiest, fastest way to learn a new language. Completely portable, easily downloadable, and lots of fun. You’ll be speaking and understanding in no time flat! Each lesson of Italian Level 1 Lessons 1-5provides 30 minutes of spoken language practice, with an introductory conversation and new vocabulary and structures. Detailed instructions enable you to understand and participate in the conversation. Each lesson contains practice for vocabulary introduced in previous lessons. The emphasis is on pronunciation and comprehension and on learning to speak Italian.
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"Pimsleur programs provide plenty of positive reinforcement that will keep learners on track, and we found that Pimsleur gave us more proficiency and confidence in speaking the new language than any of the other language programs we reviewed." (AudioFile magazine)
Having completed the first five lessons of Phase One of the Pimsleur Italian lessons, I can say, "eccellente". I've been listening to another set of audio lessons to learn Italian and I very much prefer the Pimsleur. The very thorough pronunciation and slow pace make it easy to do something else such as drive, fold laundry or do dishes and listen and learn.
That said, this might be too slow paced for someone who just wants to learn a few phrases for travel, or who picks up language very quickly. Sometimes the "Italian for Idiots" type of series seemed like a good name.
I have enjoyed and learned quite a bit already and will download the next five lessons. I checked to see how many more lessons there are in the series and was amazed to see there are three "phases" with about 30 lessons per phase. I should be pretty good by the time I complete all that.
Unabashed book junkie
Not applicable. This is designed to be a listening experience, not a written one.
Learning is almost effortless, as I imagine it must have been learning a first language as a toddler.
I have used Pimsleur for Spanish, French, Italian and Japanese, and I still remember each other tme even though I haven't used the French or Spanish for years. It is an excellent method for learning while driving or working around the house, since it is all audio-based. Pimsleur's understanding of how language memory works is revolutionary.
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.
It's extremely easy to use/follow and really does a great job explaining. It does repeat words and phrases more than I'd like, but, all in all, the narrator does great. After all, they say repetition is one of the best ways to learn.
Il compisco un po L'Italiano.
No, because for almost one hour and forty-five minutes I heard the Introduction etc.. The introduction is on the FREE Unit 1 as well. So why waste our money and time by putting it on the paid version. Why would we listen to it again, After (trying) to listen to the Free version?? In other words, it being on there was a waste of time, when they could have given us more newer words to learn. Another thing is in the Free Unit 1 version, they teach you simple sentences. About 5. Then in the paid version they teach the same 5 sentences & introduction for the 1st one hour and forty-five minutes. When they know probably most people would have listened to the Free version 1st. So in the beginning of Lesson 2, they start with reviewing those 5 sentences again for awhile! Don't they think that after teaching and us memorizing 5 sentences for One Hour, that we would know the sentences by now?? The magic of Audio is we can Rewind and Forward the audio to rehearse on our own. So the authors could have moved on and taught us some more words. So in reality, if I remember correctly I have only 1 hour left to listen to them teaching me other words. If they teach you about 5 sentences in 1 hour, then how many more words are they going to you in the next One hour.
I was learning a Language.
Please read the 1st question.
Not likely it would be made into a movie.
It has a very good concept but you learn too few words in the time they give you. With Rewind and Forward buttons we could go over the words in our own time.
I've only done 10 units of Pimsleur's Digital Italian but I've enjoyed it because it's fast moving and makes more sense than something like Rosetta Stone's Italian version which often takes too big of a leap between one lesson to the next for the student to fully grasp the meaning of words and grammar. In Pimsleur's there is a good variety of new words and phrases introduced with each unit, interspersed with a review of ones already learned in a logical sequence.
I am an untalented language learner, but resolved to have a working understanding of Italian before my next trip. By the time I finished level 2 of Pimsleur, I felt I accomplished that. While I complemented this program with verb drills, a hint of grammar study, and flashcards, the Pimsleur course was really what delivered the ability to hear and recognize Italian, and develop some confidence in speaking it.
The only way the course could be improved upon would be a written list of questions for each lesson, so you could practice between lessons (or decode the rare hard-to-understand term, such as vorrebbe). In any event, this is the most effective audio course I've taken, and I recommend it as an excellent path to building competency in a language, even for those who don't have an ear for languages.
I struggle with learning languages, but this book and the 5 others from book 1 make it fairly painless. Obviously you still need to work at it, but the format is successful, continuously reminding you of past words, just like learning it in real life situations.
I prefer to listen each morning as I exercise, it keeps me from getting bored. I WOULD NOT RECOMMEND WHILE DRIVING, you will lose some attention to either the lessons or, worse, your driving. I tried this one book whike driving and had to start again at home because it did not take well. It needs a lot more attention than just listening to a story!
The associated reading pamphlet is useful (you have to download it separately), but I would much prefer to have the words I'm learning written as well. Italians' pronunciation can vary, even the two in the lessons differ, and it can get difficult to work out the exact word spelling.
Finaly, my tip if you are having difficulties is to slow down the playback. You get a better feel for pronunciation, and you get more time to respond. I sometimes pause if I need a bit of time to recall a word. I use 80%, and even slower if I'm struggling.
I have not tried book 2 & 3 or other publishers yet, but intend to in time. There are lots of free apps I play with to supplement my daily learning and get a broader grasp of the language as well.
I am actually learning Italian during my commute to work. I've mastered Level 1 and am excited to move on to the next levels. Each lesson is 30 minutes and it is very user friendly for all beginners. I was surprised at how quickly I could pick up the sentences. This does seem geared toward travelers, teaching specifics on how to say please and thank you and where to find locations. This is exactly what I need it for!
No comparison, just that I failed both Spanish and Chinese classes in school and was surprised at how quickly I picked this up.
Learning Italian for Travelers
The Audible version is less expensive than going through the company website, I am unsure if the company itself offers more in their lesson than what you get through Audible. However I did look it up and don't believe the lessons differ at all. This is a great value.
"This really works!"
I have tried nightclasses, tapes, CD's and books in an effort to learn Italian. As fast as it went in one ear, it tumbled out of the other. One last attempt with Pimsleur - and it is really working. I play the unit while driving to and from work. No different to listening to the radio. Pimsleur recommend one unit per day. I do one unit over two or three days, twice a day. But I can remember it. The speaking is clear, no reading (for the first units) and today I remember most of what I learned yesterday. When I feel confidant, I move on to the next unit. Half a dozen new words incorporated into what I have learnt .... and so on. Easy! So if nothing else has worked for you, give this a try. It could be the system that gets through to you. It has really worked for me.
I really enjoyed this. apart from being made for Americans, it's helped me retain the laanguage and restored my confidence in my ability to pick up a new language.
"one of the easiest ways I've found to learn."
This is now the 4th pimsler course I own. I have found it so easy to learn each language I have chosen, regardless of what it is. The course is broken down into manageable chunks. It is easy to hear and repeat the pronunciation and remember each section.
"Benisimo! Bravo! Fantastico! Molto Bene! d-j-b."
I worried I would struggle, but the narrator was perfect! Great Job!
I was very impressed with the speed in which I picked up the language, but feel that it very important to practice each day...it helps with your fluency.
I sometimes had trouble speaking that fast but by constantly hearing the Italian language, you soon get used to that speed and learn how to melt some of the sentences into one...it think it's very pretty! lol
"Excellent Language Learning Product."
Fantastic learning experience. The new language was really committed to my memory by using product.
"Easy and fast to learn"
I know with this first unit how to great someone, ask for a place...it's very easy to remember without learning. I bought all Units (1).
"Ideal For Learning Correct Pronunciation"
If, like me, you don't enjoy feeling like you are back in school trying to follow courses that use books and written exercises then this course is ideal. I'm really enjoying it.
What's great about it is the authentic, neutral accent spoken at normal native speed. It is fantastic for playing in the car or on an iPod whilst out walking. The speed takes you by surprise at first and tunes your ear so it is ready for the real world. I remember the first time I asked an Italian a simple question and just didn't understand a word of the reply because they spoke so quickly.
Its a good idea to record yourself taking part in the lessons to hear how you are really pronouncing the words. It is uncomfortable to listen to yourself at first but it really helps you to perfect your pronunciation. There is no doubt that this course has dramatically improved my pronunciation.
This isn't the course to follow if you just want a few phrases to get by in a restaurant or bar. You will need to complete all the phases of this course to gain any useful amount to Italian. It would therefore be wise to know what you are letting yourself in for in terms of time and cost for all the phases.
At the beginning of the course the authors deliberately use some constructs that no native would speak. I'm sure this is to help the listener understand the structure behind the language and make it directly translate from English. Thankfully this practice begins to disappear toward the end of the first phase.
Finally, I think you make better progress learning a language if you follow multiple courses in parallel. Even simple scenarios involving greetings are dealt with slightly differently in each course and so you don't get phased by all the different responses you receive when you do start talking to real Italians.
Great introduction to the Italian language! This audio book is much easier to follow than most others and you remember what you have learnt as the sections are small. Looking forward to the next unit :)
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