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Italian: Beginner (Collins Language Revolution) (Book with 2CDs) [Paperback]

Tony Buzan , Clelia Boscolo
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3 Mar 2008 000725511X 978-0007255115 Com/Pap Bl

Tried without success to learn Italian before? Can’t find a learning style that suits you? Collins has teamed up with international best-selling author and inventor of Mind Maps® Tony Buzan to revolutionise the way language is learnt – forever..

Collins Language Revolution is:
Flexible - Whether you are a visual, auditory or tactile learner, you can learn in the way that works best for you, with audio and online.
Fun and easy - All you need is your imagination, a sense of humour and coloured pens.
It works - Mind Maps® are a system proven to successfully unlock your brain’s potential for learning and memory, and are used by many of the world’s most successful politicians, business leaders and educators.

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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Collins; Com/Pap Bl edition (3 Mar 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 000725511X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007255115
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 4.6 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 365,970 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Tony Buzan is the world-renowned inventor of Mind Maps and the multi-million copy bestselling author of 'How to Mind Map' and 'Mind Maps for Kids' series. He appears regularly on television and lectures all over the world. He advises international businesses, governments, educational authorities and Olympic athletes. His work has been published in 100 countries and 30 languages.

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"By week 6 to my delight, I can recognise most of the words I hear and have an inkling of how to respond. By the end of the course I am astonished and proud to say that I feel I have a good grasp of Italian and can speak comfortably on everyday subjects. I find that vocabulary I'm looking for seems to pop up in my head rather than deliberately absent itself as it has done in the past." Times Body & Soul

"This is a great, fun way to learn. The Mind Maps helped to make it easier. What makes this different is the interactive side; there is more to do and more of an opportunity to use creativity. I'll definitely go for a GCSE in Italian now and I'll definitely use Mind Maps in future for learning any other languages I decide to study." Luke, aged 14, Times Body & Soul

“This really does do what it says on the box, it teaches you French that you really remember. Forget all these other courses, go for this one! I couldn’t recommend it more - c'est tres bien! (it's very good!) “ Amazon reviewer

About the Author

Tony Buzan is the world-renowned inventor of Mind Maps and the multi-million copy bestselling author of ‘How to Mind Map’ and ‘Mind Maps for Kids’ series. He appears regularly on television and lectures all over the world. He advises international businesses, governments, educational authorities and Olympic athletes. His work has been published in 100 countries and 30 languages. Clelia Boscolo is in charge of the Language Programme in the Department of Italian Studies at the University of Birmingham, UK. She has been teaching Italian as a foreign language for 25 years.

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45 of 45 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great for holidays and basic language learning 28 Mar 2008
By Lilly Penhaligon TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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The market in language learning products has always been an anathema to me. As soon as I have approached the shelves laden with endless confusing packages - some for beginners, intermediates or advanced - even `advanced advanced' (!?), those that claim that they take you from beginner to fluent in 2 nanoseconds (provided of course, you follow the exercises in each of the 85 disc set), those that use books, those that say that books are useless etc, the idea of language learning suddenly becomes an unwanted chore instead of the fun opportunity that it started out as. So is this product any different from the other thousands of available book/disc sets out there? In some way yes and in others no.

Having used this product now for a few weeks I think that it is primarily useful for two things:
one: you want to holiday in Italy and need to be able to get around - i.e. you need basic phrases for buying things, describing things, giving and receiving directions and all the other things you might be asking for on holiday or
two: you want to start learning Italian perhaps as a Uni course or evening school but you want to make sure that it's really for you before you commit to something more expensive and intense.

This book/disc combo is bright, informative and enables you to get to grips with the basics easily and quickly. It includes a relevant amount of information about each topic teaching you exactly what you need to know and omitting onerous, complicated and difficult details. If you are someone that wants to know the ins and outs of a language, this is definitely not for you. If you want something quick and easy and couldn't less about grammatical explanations etc then this is definitely up your street.
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38 of 39 people found the following review helpful
By E. Heckingbottom TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
What a fantastic introduction to a new language! It's attractively presented, colourful, bright and cheerful and the very presentation encourages you to want to learn! I have only had this pack for 2 days now, and have already worked my way through the first 2 units, learning as I go and enjoying every minute of it!

On opening the box, I found 2 CDs - one to be used with the book, providing invaluable listening and converstaion practice; and the other to be used 'anywhere', helping with the trickier words and phrases and providing extra listening and conversation practice.
There is also a wonderfully colourful book, filled with hints and drawings to help us to learn a foreign language.
These include:
* mental images - eg. to remember the word for orange juice, think of Sue and her friends (Sue & co) on a ranch drinking orange juice - put the image together and you have 'succo de arrancia'. There are a great many of these scattered through the book.
* hints - including the fact that Italians never drink a cappuccino after lunchtime! A useful tip if you want to 'fit in'.
* tips - one very useful one is on page 27 of the book, and shows how to fix your learning into your long term memory by using the 'repeat and succeed' method.
* Mental gymnastic activities to help fix what you've learnt.
* Cartoon strip stories, putting the vocabulary into context.
* Quick puzzles and exercises to help you practice your new skills and new vocabulary.

In addition, there are Tony's wonderful mind maps. For anyone who has never previously encountered mind maps, these may look a little unusual - but they are being used more and more in teaching and in revision. Their bright, cheerful imagery helps to fix ideas and words into the long term memory.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
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I've learnt a few languages before, and am quite prepared to go through what many see as 'boring' books learning tables and so on. However, this book is nothing like this. It's colourful and friendly and interesting to use - although I don't feel that it would give you a massively solid grounding in Italian. It's ideal for someone who is going on holiday in a few months' time and wants to be able to learn the basics in a fun way, but it's probably not for the really serious langauge student.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
By The Penguin VINE VOICE
If you want to learn a language, there are two ways to do it. Up sticks and immerse yourself in the culture and language or go to lessons with a good teacher. You can't learn to speak a language from CDs or Tapes.

You can, however, gain an understanding and ability to communicate at a basic level and in this respect Tony Buzan's mindmaps are an admirable way of going beyond phrasebook muddle and confusion. The two disc approach, with one "structured" disc to be used with the A5 book provided and the other to play anywhere for a simple way of immersing yourself in the vocab you have learned.

The course is structured around real life events, at the bar, in the restaurant etc, and gives a good view of the basics of Italian.

Mind maps offer a way to structure thoughts and fit learning languages well. 1 Star deducted for the old fashioned and wasteful package that the book and discs came in!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Bene, Bene!! 23 Oct 2008
By Flickering Ember TOP 1000 REVIEWER
As someone who has wanted to learn Italian for ages, and who is also busy, when I saw this item, I was excited and it gave me the impetus to actually do something about my desire to speak Italian.

I'm at a slight advantage, having taken an A Level in Latin, that it was easy for me to pick up.

As for the product itself, while it won't get you a GCSE, it'll more than cover you in holding a conversation and going on holiday without being a typical bumbling Brit abroad.

You get 2 CDs and a book, and can work with the 2 together, so listening and reading, or you can take a CD with you on the move. As an audio-visual person, I found it easier with the book, I must admit. It is not at all taxing and you pick things up very quickly.

I'd certainly recommend it for a beginner, and if the Spanish and French sets are the same as this, I'd recommend them too.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Not at all helpful worst Italian cd I've found!
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent for beginners
Almost everything that you can find in the book you can listen to on the first CD. The book is very well organised and contains lots of exercises to keep all new words and phrases... Read more
Published 4 months ago by julia
5.0 out of 5 stars Practical
Practical guide that has enabled me to enjoy the experience but to learn the things i really need first. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Mr R T G E Green
2.0 out of 5 stars I still don't speak Italian
looks like a great product when you look at it on amazon but turns out to be just a waste of money in the end. Read more
Published on 8 Nov 2011 by Marie_K
1.0 out of 5 stars Italian Beginner
The CDs were not enclosed with the book, as it refers to the CDs all the way through the book this is not really satisfactory
Published on 13 Oct 2011 by J. Sawkins
4.0 out of 5 stars Beginner Italian by Tony Buzan
Excelent value, just what I was looking for a quick, and easy way to learn a new language.
The step by step programme helps you to understand the language and then helps you... Read more
Published on 15 Aug 2010 by Barrie K
1.0 out of 5 stars Good CD's
The CD's are good, but very very repetitive, so you do end up knowing the few phrases there are. The book is absolute rubbish and could be condensed from 200 pages into at most a... Read more
Published on 21 July 2010 by CD
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Italian!!
Very easy to follow Italian Chapters. Especially useful being able to listen to pronunciation. Multo Bene!!!!
Published on 16 Aug 2009 by S. Peppi
4.0 out of 5 stars good italian
good product. it is easy and fun to learn with. GO on give it a try and see for yourself
Published on 16 Jun 2009 by M. E. Wood
4.0 out of 5 stars Well put together but not revolutionary!
As explained in the other reviews you get a two CD set and an A5 booklet with this pack.

It's all been nicely put together for the beginner (this is definitely aimed at... Read more
Published on 14 April 2008 by A. I. Mackenzie
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