Pimsleur Italian Level 1 Lessons 1-5

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5 out of 5 stars
By Judy on 23-02-11

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.

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4 of 4 people found this review helpful

2 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 17-04-18


What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

This programme was clear and easy to follow and I enjoyed learning the limited amount of Italian it offered. But I did feel somewhat cheated by the small vocabulary that I ended up learning when I considered the cost. I have decided not to purchase the rest of the programme as it is far too expensive but will look for a cheaper alternative.

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1 of 1 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Twiggy on 06-03-15

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.

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5 out of 5 stars
By rachael on 10-10-16

really helpful

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.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Piers Lewis on 23-02-16

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.

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5 out of 5 stars
By ODEAN on 24-01-16

Benisimo! Bravo! Fantastico! Molto Bene! d-j-b.

Loved it!
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

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