• Italian Level 1

  • Learn to Speak and Understand Italian with Pimsleur Language Programs
  • By: Pimsleur
  • Narrated by: Pimsleur
  • Length: 15 hrs and 56 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Release date: 04-01-10
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
  • 4.6 (73 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The Pimsleur® Method: the easiest, fastest way to learn a new language. Completely portable, easily downloadable, and lots of fun. You'll be speaking and understanding in no time flat! Italian Level 1 includes 15 hours of spoken language practice and one hour of reading instruction in thirty 30-minute lessons. In the first 10 lessons, you'll cover the basics: saying hello, asking for or giving information, scheduling a meal or a meeting, asking for or giving basic directions, and much more. You'll be able to handle minimum courtesy requirements, understand much of what you hear, and be understood at a beginning level but with near-native pronunciation skills.
In the next 10 lessons, you'll build on what you've learned. Expand your menu, increase your scheduling abilities from general to specific, start to deal with currency and exchanging money, refine your conversations, and add over a hundred new vocabulary items. You'll understand more of what you hear and be able to participate with speech that is smoother and more confident.
In the final 10 lessons of level 1, you'll be speaking and understanding at an intermediate level. In this level, more directions are given in the target language, which moves your learning to a whole new plane. Lessons include shopping, visiting friends, going to a restaurant, plans for the evening, car trips, and talking about family. You'll be able to speak comfortably about things that happened in the past and make plans for the future.
Reading lessons are included at the end of lesson 30 to provide you with an introduction to reading the Italian alphabet. These lessons, which total about one hour, 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
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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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By Tom Chatt on 04-23-11

Learn Italian while driving to work!

I've now finished all 1-30 units of Phase 1, in anticipation of a vacation to Italy, and am very impressed with the program. It's not your standard memorization / grammatical structure drills like we had in school. It teaches you conversationally, in a very organic way, that seems to assimilate and stick better. I think the conversational emphasis gives you a more natural accent too. Highly recommended.

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By Gary on 03-23-11

So Far, So Good

I have never done well with learning a foreign language. However, I am up to lesson 13 and am retaining about 85% so I'm impressed with the program. The woman speaker is a bit harder to understand..

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9 of 9 people found this review helpful

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