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