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Surprise your friends! Astonish your family! With Pimsleur, you'll be speaking and understanding like a native in no time. Thirty minutes a day is all it takes. Italian Level 1 Lessons 6-10builds on material taught in prior units. Each lesson provides 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. Reading lessons begin in Lesson 9 and provide you with an introduction to reading Italian. These lessons are designed to teach you to sound out words with correct pronunciation and accent. A reading booklet to be used with the audio lessons is also included in PDF format.

©2002 Simon & Schuster (P)2010 Simon & Schuster

Critic Reviews

"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)

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If you're looking for the reading material...

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I was confused about where to find the reading material that is referenced in these lessons, so I thought others might be, too. Here are the instructions from Audible to find them:

"You will be able to find the accompanying material 'PDF' link underneath the book title in the 'Library' section of the website. Please click on the following link to access the 'Library' section: http://www.audible.com/lib "

Hope that helps someone!

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  • Toni
  • Groton, CT, United States
  • 02-07-15

Great learning tool

I never get bored with this program. I've learned and retained more with this program than any other. I actually WANT TO KEEP GOING!

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  • N. Le
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  • 05-25-16

Need to rewrite script for lesson 9

Very helpful with lots of repetition. My only complaint is lesson 9, which sounds like an awkward date rape scene.

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Limited Vocab/ Better With Frobose

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I used to think that Pimsleur was the king of memory techniques.
I am now think that Frobose language programs like the Power Italian series has an even better memory technique, but that’s an open debate.
I have successfully used Pimsleur’s Spanish, French, and now Italian programs and I have to say that they really do work. And Pimsleur Italian will definitely teach you some Italian and make it stick. No easy task. Good for them.
However, Pimsleur has a real problem with limited vocabulary. They teach you in a box, and the box is small. No creativity, limited vocabulary. Their greatest asset is their memory technique.
I think if you were to combine Pimsleur Italian with Learn in Your Car Italian and definitely Power Italian you would have a winning combo.

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This guy won’t take “no” for an answer

The lessons are good. They go a little too fast so I had to slow down the play back to .75 speed on my phone to grasp the words being said. The segment with the guy incessantly asking the woman out for a drink is a little bit creepy and actually made me uncomfortable. How do you say, “Leave me the $&@# alone!!” in Italian. LOL!

Otherwise it is a very good learning tool!

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See PDF

This is an awesome course with repetitive learning strategies for learning a spoken language. Also, Unit Nine starts to delve into the reading pronunciations as well as spoken word. I use my iPhone as I drive, and was at a loss when they said there is a visual portion of the book. I called Audible and found out that I needed to go online to the Full Site and look at My Library for the View PDF link, in order to obtain the written units you need to see when doing the written tasks. Awesome! I am very happy with the quality of the verbal teaching, but even more pleased that I am beginning to learn some of the reading and writing methods.

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Good conversational exposure

If I were a man looking to pick up an Italian woman and feed her lots of wine at the hotel I'd be all set!
Kidding aside, I like the form of this series for learning a language. It allows me to pick up the language easily and almost involuntarily with the constant re-introduction of lessons prior.
I'm only on the second lesson so I can't comment on how fluent I'll be once I've finished.
I definitely recommend.

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Good

My only complaint is that occasionally I cannot decipher the correct pronunciation of a word. This is rare, though and I can usually figure it out after several repetitions

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  • Yollyblue
  • 04-30-15

Easy to learn

I enjoyed this program. I have already learned the basis to be polite in my first Italian city. I would just need few seconds more to repeat. Overall just Great!!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-17-18

Conversational italian

This a course for learning spoken italian. I really like it because it involves you in conversations that are spoken at a realistic speed. They concentrate on pronunciation and developing a good accent. It is easy to use and is well planned. I have now purchased the next book.

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  • marcus_cheshire
  • 09-23-17

Very dated, expensive

What disappointed you about Italian Level 1 Lessons 6-10?

Pimsleur language courses have somehow or other got good reviews everywhere - on the basis of this segment of the Italian course, I have no idea why.

The entire course consists of the learner playing the part of a man trying to pull a "young woman", constantly begging her to drink "something" or eat "something" with him "NOW" or at all times of day and night.

This is simply not useful! God help anyone who expects this to be useful on a holiday to Italy, unless you especially want to come across as a pervert.

The material doesn't seem to have been updated since it was first published - so you would expect this to be available at a knock-down price - but it's actually hugely expensive as you need 6 different volumes to complete even the first level. I strongly recommend you try more modern and better priced alternatives like the Paul Noble course (much better value and much less likely to get you arrested) and Rocket Italian.

Simon & Schuster are making money out of old rope on this product and I would avoid it.

Would you ever listen to anything by Pimsleur again?

On the basis of this, no I wouldn't bother with any other Pimsleur courses.

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  • tp
  • 11-23-16

PRECISE AND CLEAR TRANSLATION

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes I would . I have tried a few online Italian learning sites and this is by far the best one. It is very clear and interactive conversation is brilliant.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Italian Level 1 Lessons 6-10?

The most memorable part is when I get the whole conversation right. Io vorrei mangiare qualcosa adesso. i.e. I would like something to eat now.

Have you listened to any of Pimsleur’s other performances? How does this one compare?

Only lesson 1 to 5. which I cannot really compare as it is basic and I new the very basic as my daughter lives in Italy. My problem is having a conversation with people and understanding and giving the right reply.. I am slowly getting there since having started the Pimsleur Lesson.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

The Italian Job

Any additional comments?

I have found your books have helped me much more than any other online learning sites. I can now ask somebody what they would like to eat or drink in Italian and also I could now get taxi from the airport and be able to tell them where to take me. The idea of just doing half hour a day I thinks works very well as you are not overloading your brain and it seems to improve your memory. Thanks Pimsleur.

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  • Brigid van der Moezel
  • 02-14-18

Very good

This is a very good book for language learning for beginners or people who have already started Italian.