Over 17 hours of material. 613 four to ten line dialogues in English and Italian using the most common words in the language. The only tool you will ever need to learn Italian!
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Daniel Léo Simpson ~ Composer ~ San Francisco
This has got to be the most underrated and certainly the cheapest thing I've ever loved.
First, it's in English - so you have time to think of the Italian - then you hear the Italian and just when you think, "Gee, I didn't quite get that" they then repeat it slowly and carefully so you get every work clearly and distinctly.
The narrators are charming - you enjoy listening to them again and again. As if they have a personality - not someone hired by some mass-media company. And every so often some of the English words are (not often) adorably mis-pronounced. eg. "a baked potato" (baked pronounced to rhyme with 'naked' - so it becomes a 'bake-ed' potato ;).
There is understated humor in 4-5 line dialog that really make me smile. Like:
"I like that actress"
"The one who is in all the movies."
"Well that doesn't narrow it down very much"
It's not in your face funny or "trying" to be funny (which is always lame when done on purpose) but just amusing in it's own way without trying to be. Really cute. And you learn.
Buy this quick before it's removed. And there IS the book in iBooks over at iTunes. The title is almost "hidden" by being called: "613 Italian Dialogues With Audio" It's $14.99 and worth every penny because not only the audio is included in the text but it's looped for each dialog. Go over and have iTunes send you a 'sample' or 'preview' and you'll see what I mean. You won't regret this purchase. (p.s. I also have the German 74 dialogs with text done in the same way).
I am independently studying Italian now that I have taken enough classes (is there ever enough though?). From the beginning, this book starts right away with meaty dialogues that you would use daily; and the Italian accents, articulation and speed of the narrators are excellent for the learner. I'm an upper intermediate learner and I found that the composed dialogues challenged me, using certain rules and grammar structures that are important to know.
Yes. It's an interesting way to get conversational in Italian in a short amount of time.
"Do you work around here?"
"I never work. I am rich and lazy"
"Now you are joking"
"I never joke about money".
Dialogues such as these make me feel like I'm listening to my relatives. Very authentic (& funny). Just to be clear, not all the dialogues are funny mostly just authentic, useful phrases. But when they are funny it's an unexpected gift (especially if you don't follow along with the e-book).
No - I practice a bit everyday.
Finding this resource was a very pleasant surprise. I hope they do more in Italian!
In addition to the fine performance of the native speaker, I enjoyed the fact that the great majority of the dialog was something that a person travelling in Italy might actually be able to use. I've studied many other courses and this one is different enough to really improve on what one already has learned. Not so good for a beginner and there doesn't seem to be a transcript, which is the only reason I knocked off a star from the overall.
"Useful if you already know a little Italian"
Read by an Italian native speaker with excellent audio quality. The entire audiobook follows the same pattern as the short sample that you can hear on Audible: a few simple phrases that combine to make a very simple dialogue.
There's enough variety to keep it interesting: the first half hour covered traffic offences, cupcakes and alien spaceships. If a topic doesn't interest you, it doesn't matter because each dialogue is only about 90 seconds long and the next one will be completely different.
The phrases seem to be well thought-out with a mix of simple translations and slightly more complicated ones that illustrate appropriate use of 'style' - for example translating "Do you think so?" as "Credi?" in the context of a conversation.
I would recommend this recording to someone who has got through most of the Pimsleur or Michael Thomas audio courses or who has at least a basic ability to hold a conversation in Italian.
"fun short colloquial dialogues"
fun practice of short relevant phrases. enjoying it a lot. good supplement to more formal material.
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