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Would you listen to Rilkey 613 Italian Dialogues again? Why?
This has got to be the most underrated and certainly the cheapest thing I've ever loved.
Who was your favorite character and why?
First, it's in English - so you have time to think of the Italian - then you hear the Italian and just when you think, "Gee, I didn't quite get that" they then repeat it slowly and carefully so you get every work clearly and distinctly.
Have you listened to any of Carlo Consoli and Carmen Luvana ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?
The narrators are charming - you enjoy listening to them again and again. As if they have a personality - not someone hired by some mass-media company. And every so often some of the English words are (not often) adorably mis-pronounced. eg. "a baked potato" (baked pronounced to rhyme with 'naked' - so it becomes a 'bake-ed' potato ;).
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
There is understated humor in 4-5 line dialog that really make me smile. Like:
"I like that actress"
"The one who is in all the movies."
"Well that doesn't narrow it down very much"
It's not in your face funny or "trying" to be funny (which is always lame when done on purpose) but just amusing in it's own way without trying to be. Really cute. And you learn.
Any additional comments?
Buy this quick before it's removed. And there IS the book in iBooks over at iTunes. The title is almost "hidden" by being called: "613 Italian Dialogues With Audio" It's $14.99 and worth every penny because not only the audio is included in the text but it's looped for each dialog. Go over and have iTunes send you a 'sample' or 'preview' and you'll see what I mean. You won't regret this purchase. (p.s. I also have the German 74 dialogs with text done in the same way).
11 of 11 people found this review helpful
I've been studying Italian for about six years now and have needed a book like this to help further my skills. A few people writing in have been saying that the content is strange and involves topics they would never use, but those folks have missed the point of this book entirely. Its main purpose is to teach sentence structure, grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation, listening, and speech flow. These things are all crucial to learning another language and this book teaches them incredibly well. Not only that, but some of the dialog is surprisingly funny (e.g. "I can't wait for Christmas!" "I can't wait for you to leave." and "I'll run to the store for more apples." "Do you know how to use a gun?").
The narrators themselves are native speakers which helps eliminate doubt as to whether or not the language is being used properly, though it does get a little confusing sometimes with the English translations. That shouldn't pose as an issue for English speakers though and actually helps one to think critically and further analyze how to piece together phrases.
Among the lessons are various interchangeable ways to say things in order to provide the listener with a more thorough study guide for the language, which is an amazing way to get one to learn and pay attention.
I'm so glad I found this audiobook, especially for such a low price (seriously! 95 cents is such a steal!). It's helped me tremendously and I can't recommend it enough!
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
Read by an Italian native speaker with excellent audio quality. The entire audiobook follows the same pattern as the short sample that you can hear on Audible: a few simple phrases that combine to make a very simple dialogue.
There's enough variety to keep it interesting: the first half hour covered traffic offences, cupcakes and alien spaceships. If a topic doesn't interest you, it doesn't matter because each dialogue is only about 90 seconds long and the next one will be completely different.
The phrases seem to be well thought-out with a mix of simple translations and slightly more complicated ones that illustrate appropriate use of 'style' - for example translating "Do you think so?" as "Credi?" in the context of a conversation.
I would recommend this recording to someone who has got through most of the Pimsleur or Michael Thomas audio courses or who has at least a basic ability to hold a conversation in Italian.
8 of 8 people found this review helpful
Huge amount of useful content. Ideal for an improving student looking for conversation learning. Certainly value for money.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
Where does Rilkey 613 Italian Dialogues rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?
Nowhere else will you find translations for "The force is strong in this one", "Do you want fries with that" or "I've come to take your blood". And the English is spoken with a native Italian accent.