Italian Level 2

  • by Pimsleur
  • Narrated by Pimsleur
  • 16 hrs and 36 mins
  • Speech

Publisher's Summary

Can learning another language be as easy as speaking your own? Yes - with Pimsleur it's that easy. Learn on your own time, at your own pace, and wherever you choose. Italian Level 2includes 15 hours of spoken language practice and one additional hour of reading instruction and is designed to be used after completing level 1.
In the first 10 lessons of level 2, you begin to use the past tense. Structures become more complex, and informal speech is introduced. Conversations become fuller, and learners are able to discuss business and social activities, manage shopping situations, and express their interests. As you progress, vocabulary is expanded, and fluency increases.
The next 10 lessons of level 2 allow you to further combine and build upon known elements and produce longer and more complex sentences. You learn to bargain with shopkeepers, deal with business situations, get and give medical information, and discuss the weather.
In the final 10 lessons of level 2, you’ve doubled your vocabulary and have several hundred structures to draw upon. You’ll gain experience asking for assistance, finding a location that is some distance away, and using relative structures - faster, slower, etc. Sports and leisure activities are explored as well as shopping, changing money, and future travel plans. By the end of level 2, you’re speaking at a midintermediate level with near-native pronunciation, and you are comfortable meeting most social demands and limited job requirements.
Reading lessons are included at the end of lesson 30. These lessons, which total about one hour, are designed to give you practice reading Italian and to provide you with some insight into Italian culture with proverbs, common expressions, and a broad look at some of the things you’ll see when visiting an Italian-speaking country. A reading booklet to be used with the audio lessons is also included in PDF format.

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"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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Audible is terriffic, but can't access reading

The audible lessons are the best I have ever used, and I am learning quickly to speak Italian, but I have been unable to download the reading materials, and audible customer support has not been able to help me.
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- Stephen

One, large, 16-hour file!

What made the experience of listening to Italian Phase 2, Units 1-30 the most enjoyable?

There are no breaks or tag points to find the individual lessons. It is a nightmare to navigate. The instruction is good if you can tolerate this technical problem. I will likely try to find it in a library just have track markers.


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- Robbin

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-01-2010
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio