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Italian: Level 1 (Learn in Your Car) [Audiobook] [Italian] [Audio CD]

Henry N. Raymond
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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Penton Overseas Inc; Com/Pap edition (1 Sep 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1591257263
  • ISBN-13: 978-1591257264
  • Product Dimensions: 19 x 13.5 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,404,780 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This title includes three 60-minute audio CDs plus a full text listening guide. The Level 1 offers an introduction to key words, numbers, phrases, sentence structure, and basic grammar.

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74 of 76 people found the following review helpful
By N. Gratton TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Audio Cassette
These tapes contain about 40 "lessons", which aren't lessons at all but just lists of words and phrases where you have the opportunity to listen to the Italian phrases and repeat them. There's no association with a situation to help you remember, and no explanation of any of the vocabulary or grammar you are "using".
It may be quite effective for remembering lists of words, but not in any way that you'll find easy to use in a conversation. I'd advise you to steer clear of this, except maybe as an extra tool to help you revise your existing Italian vocabulary.
If you want to begin Italian, this is completely unsuitable ... go for Michel Thomas or Pimsleur instead, both of which are excellent.
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53 of 58 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great & easy way to learn Italian! 16 Jun 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Had this set of 3 cd's & book for 2-3 weeks. Listening to it on the way to work & back, turns a long & tedious commute, into a fun & interesting endeavor. I now bring my portable cd player, so I can still hear Vivaldi in the background while learning to speak Italian. Once I get to my destination, I can quickly go over the lesson in the book to better understand the spelling of the words & language rules. This is such an easy way of learning a foreign language, I will try the French lessons after this. E Grande!
34 of 39 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Where did they get this anouncer from ?? 8 April 2002
By David Coletti - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
The package says "Prepared by dialect-free professionals"... What they should also have insisted on is they be NATIVE Italian speakers too! Listening to the female do the Italian part gave me an uneasy feeling... I kept asking myself "is her pronunciation right?" For example, every beginner knows "Io voglio" is pronounced "ee-yo volyo"... but the speaker here kept saying "ee-yo VOY-yo" (wish no "l" sound). Drove me crazy to listen to her mispronounce it over and over!
At other times, it sounded as if she was just learning the proper pronunciation (in other words, as if they took someone who knows nothing about Italian and has them practice a word a few times, then reads that word aloud). How did they expect people to learn the correct pronunciation like this??
The other less severe complaint I have is that they should have steered away from "travelers vocabulary" and instead focussed on what most other programs don't, that is normal BASIC speaking which is what grammer is built upon. I know most people who take couses do it because of travel, but there are tons of specific travelers leanguage pograms already available. How about a program with vocabulary NOT used for travel? I'm tired of refrences like "customs office". The package implys the method used here is how a child learns.. well that may be true, but I doubt children focus on travel terms.
Overall, good idea but he speaker's pronunciation wasn't good enough.
18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Learn Italian in your Car CD by Henry Raymond 28 Nov 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I am really learning a lot from this 3cd set. The car is a great place to practice in private. It's the first time I haven't felt self conscious about trying to speak another language. The book helps to preview each lesson. I like the CD format so a lesson can be easily chosen for review. When will Level II on CD be available??
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not a good learning resource 27 Mar 2006
By Yury Yaroshenko - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I am a true beginner, and when I started listening to this course I liked it. It is structured for simple vocabulary building (words/phrases in English followed by Italian translation). But even to me it was clear that Italian speaker in not native. As I listened to other audio classes, I questioned pronunciation, and confirmed with my Italian teacher, that a lot of words on this CD are mispronounced(the rest of reivews seem to agree), and some are presented in wrong content. Unless you are ready to double-check every word you learn, stay away from this course.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars There are better CD's out there 2 Mar 2009
By M. Jones - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I bought these CDs to prepare for my trip to Rome. I've been listening to these CDs for about a week when I finally came here to see the reviews. My suspicion that something was off was confirmed.

1)The pronunciation did seem a little weird to me.

2) the phrases that you give you are so random. They teach you everything (I don't speak Italian, I speak English, Spanish, British etc...) but never the one you will most likely need ("Do you speak English?"). And you will need that one if you are only using these CDS

3) Some of the lessons were quite annoying and repetitive, and not in a good way (my suitcase, my suitcases, your suitcase, your suitcases, his suitcase, his suitcases). I understand that they are trying to teach possessive adjectives but all you learn from this lesson is how to say suitcase.

I think I'm going to order the EyeWitness 15-minute lessons or Berlitz with it's silly songs. They worked for my trip to Argentina and I will stick with them.

I would not recommend this product to prepare for vacation/trip
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