Can learning another language be as easy as speaking your own? Yes - with Pimsleur it's that easy. Learn on your own time, at your own pace, and wherever you choose. Italian Level 2includes 15 hours of spoken language practice and one additional hour of reading instruction and is designed to be used after completing level 1.
In the first 10 lessons of level 2, you begin to use the past tense. Structures become more complex, and informal speech is introduced. Conversations become fuller, and learners are able to discuss business and social activities, manage shopping situations, and express their interests. As you progress, vocabulary is expanded, and fluency increases.
The next 10 lessons of level 2 allow you to further combine and build upon known elements and produce longer and more complex sentences. You learn to bargain with shopkeepers, deal with business situations, get and give medical information, and discuss the weather.
In the final 10 lessons of level 2, you’ve doubled your vocabulary and have several hundred structures to draw upon. You’ll gain experience asking for assistance, finding a location that is some distance away, and using relative structures - faster, slower, etc. Sports and leisure activities are explored as well as shopping, changing money, and future travel plans. By the end of level 2, you’re speaking at a midintermediate level with near-native pronunciation, and you are 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 some of the things you’ll see when visiting an Italian-speaking country. A reading booklet to be used with the audio lessons is also included in PDF format.
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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)
The audible lessons are the best I have ever used, and I am learning quickly to speak Italian, but I have been unable to download the reading materials, and audible customer support has not been able to help me.
I have this audiobook in my phone and so can learn whenever I have downtime or doing chores. one of the best features is that I can go at 1/2 speed to listen to every syllable carefully or speed it up to 3 times speed to test my fluency. I'm impressed with myself.
An unavoidable downside is that I do have to take time to sit at a table to learn to read and write it. I just can't do it while driving. pimsleur offers a great booklet you can download.
I prefer learning the how to speak italian with pimsleur over Babel. listening and speaking are the best way to go. I can speed up or slow down the spoken words as needed. something i cant do w Babel. however, I also own babel because I like the way it teaches reading and writing.
if you had to chose one, I would strongly advise audible's pimsleur.
There are no breaks or tag points to find the individual lessons. It is a nightmare to navigate. The instruction is good if you can tolerate this technical problem. I will likely try to find it in a library just have track markers.
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