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.
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Very dated, expensive
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.
On the basis of this, no I wouldn't bother with any other Pimsleur courses.
Easy to learn