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Start speaking Italian in minutes, and grasp the language, culture and customs in just minutes more with Survival Phrases - Italian, a completely new way to learn Basic Italian fast!

Survival Phrases - Italian will have you speaking with proper pronunciation from the very first lesson and prepare you with cultural insight, travel tips and other information to utterly shock and amaze your friends and family, travel companions and people you meet along the way.

Are you about to travel to Italy? Do you need basic Italian and proper etiquette for business reasons? Do you have a Italian speaking partner, family or friends? Are you a fan of Italian films, culture, or history, and want to start learning the Italian language? Whatever your reasons are, we've designed Survival Phrases - Italian with YOU in mind, so that you will get immensely satisfying results fast.

These 30 short and effective audio lessons will allow you to:

  • speak Italian before the end of your first lesson
  • use your newly learned Italian in everyday situations
  • understand the culture, customs, and people of Italy
  • order the food you want in restaurants
  • ask directions and travel by taxi, train, bus and car with confidence
  • master manners, etiquette, customs so you don't embarrass yourself
  • visit or host Italian guests with confidence
  • introduce yourself, friends and family
  • learn to ask for help and avoid danger and tourist traps
  • learn travel tips and the "do's" and "don'ts" from the experienced host

    This is NOT a vocabulary builder with just words and their translations. Unlike other audiobooks, we actually TEACH Italian and Italian culture. Each lesson is TAUGHT by a professional, bi-lingual teacher!

  • ©2007 Innovative Language Learning, LLC; (P)2009 Innovative Language Learning, LLC

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    Great Quick Learn for travel

    Would you consider the audio edition of Learn Italian - Survival Phrases Italian, Volume 1 to be better than the print version?

    I don't know but probably, since you can hear the phrases pronounced!

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    This audiobook moves at just the right pace and is pretty fun. It probably helps to have a little knowledge of Italian and/or a phrasebook handy so you can also see the words and phrases. For just a few hours of recording, this was pretty comprehensive of what you need to know to survive traveling in Italy, and my husband and I got around Rome for 8 days just fine after listening to this audiobook before we left.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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    Survival Phrases is a great title!

    What did you love best about Learn Italian - Survival Phrases Italian, Volume 1?

    This audio teaches you the most important phrases in Italian to help you survive in the country. From "Where is the bathroom" to how to make dinner reservations and how to ride the bus.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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    Worked for me

    This really did teach me almost everything I needed to know to spend three weeks in Italy. The phrases "is there a ______ near here?" and "Where is the_____?" and "How much does this/that cost?" and all of the pleases, thank yous, and good evenings were the most helpful. Most of the other lessons were used occasionally and helped me to understand the responses by training my ear to catch what people are saying. The first few listens I could barely identify individual words. This tutorial was well worth the time and money.

    Also note that not "everybody" speaks English in Italy. Our first morning at our first hotel near the Florence Airport met with a hotel desk attendant who didn't speak a word of English. I was able to ask her where I could buy a bus ticket and find a bus stop nearby and ask for a restaurant recommendation. Yay! Highly recommended if you are traveling around by train and bus sans tour group. You will need something more if you are conducting business.

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    OK to refresh your Italian?

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    I found this useful to rather fast refresh the little Italian I know. Knowing some it is a bit slow here and there, but combining normal speech, slowly pronouncing an breaking down in syllables is very good for understanding and pronunciation. Explanations are mostly good and well distributed through the lessons, words, some grammar etc.<br/><br/>If you know some Italian, some breakdowns of the more simple words are repeated to often, and it's completely unnecessary to explain buena fortuna in every lesson! But one just uses these "pauses" to repeat the last sentences etc.<br/><br/>The English is rather amusing here and there both what is said and the pronunciation, but it's not an English course! And you learn well pronounced Italian.

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    Very Helpful

    What made the experience of listening to Learn Italian - Survival Phrases Italian, Volume 1 the most enjoyable?

    This book was very helpful for necessary phrases to travel to Italy on vacation.

    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Dracula with Tim Curry and Allen Cummins

    What about Cinzia Guerriero???s performance did you like?

    Very upbeat

    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No

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