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SmartItalian - Introduction to Italian, Vol.1 [Audiobook] [Audio CD]

Christian Aubert
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2 Feb 2009
· Fast, easy and efficient · 2 Cds with PDF transcript included · Color coding to help with pronunciation · Alphabet, numbers · Basic conjugation --- This is Volume 1 of 2 volumes introducing the italian language to the total beginner. In this volume, you will work on the alphabet, numbers and verb conjugations. You will have a gentle and progressive approach to very common verbs and their most used tenses. You will practice with multiple examples, repeating and filling the blanks. You will be ready to proceed with Vol.2 to explore the basic vocabulary observed in very common conversations. How did we choose the words that you should know first? We interviewed italian natives and let them speak about the subject of their choice. We then selected a minute and a half of these conversations and we isolated every word pronounced, classifying them into Basic, primary and secondary vocabulary. In the basic list we put all the words that appear systematically in every conversation. Table, pencil, or airplane would be included in the primary vocabulary list but not in the basic vocabulary list where you will find words like, for, that, what, I, of, in, am, etc... We made an interesting discovery: 65% of all words used by people when they speak are basic words regardless of the theme of the conversation. After you work with these vol.1 and Vol.2, you will know 65% of every italian conversation you will happen to hear or be a part of. You will be ready to go further and work on real dialogs. If your intention is to learn a few italian sentences to get by when you are in Italy, there is a better tool for you. You should get our - SmartItalian for Travelers (book and audio files) - or download it with the audios on the smartitalian website. -- The way you will speak with SmartItalian is the natural way. You will sound like an iatalian person very early learning Italian and you will feel very confident speaking Italian.

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  • Audio CD: 34 pages
  • Publisher: Smart Language (2 Feb 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1934519065
  • ISBN-13: 978-1934519066
  • Product Dimensions: 18.8 x 13.6 x 1.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 309,987 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The teacher on the CD is really gifted. He speaks at a perfect speed, or tempo, his voice is easy to listen to, and he's SMART! It's literally like taking an italian class without having to go to school. He gives you tips, clues, and ideas on how to remember things. You get the sense that he truly wants to help you become proficient in speaking Italian. Have you felt like giving up on learning Italian? Try this program and you'll get excited about it again. --Gwendolyn Soper, author

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
This method works. Period. I have tried a load of Italian language learning tools (books, CD's, flashcards), and they seem useless now that I am using Smart Italian. I listen to it six days a week. I'm going to be able to converse at length with someone on the street in Rome when we go this summer. I have been studying Italian almost daily for 3 months, and I was at the point where I wished for a program much like this new Smart Italian method that would just teach the basics: the most used verbs, and an easy way to become proficient in counting (pay attention to how many times a day you say numbers and you'll see why it's critical in learning a foreign language). I'm tired of learning only to say "I would like a pizza", or "Where is the bathroom?" in Italian. I am thrilled that this method is helping me to have a two-way conversation in Italian. I'm already speaking Italian to my "twin" (an Italian speaker) and she just laughs--she is so shocked at my progress.

I will certainly order the Intermediate/Advanced CDs next to further my learning.
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1.0 out of 5 stars WARNING - the INTRO CD's are different! 13 Feb 2011
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Most of the other reviews here seem to be for the Smart Italian "system" rather than this specific CD set.
The system in general is based on recordings of real Italians - but that is what you get ONLY in the Beginner and Intermediate/Advanced levels.

The two separate Introduction level products are completely different. The intention here seems to be to cover a lot of 'basics' that are a pre-requisite for the Beginner level. (My guess is that the Intro levels were developed as an afterthought when Beginner level turned out to be too hard - but that is just a guess)

Anyway - the problem with Intro CD 1 is that it is a really really bad approach to the basics (no matter how good the rest of the system is). The presenter alternates between going too fast and too slow - but never seems to get the pace right. EG most of CD A is dedicated to counting to 100 in various exercises. Then CD B rushes you through past, present & future tenses of the verbs To Be, To Have, and To Do. These are all pretty irregular, so not easy to pick up in one go. And the preentation style is that you get verbally bombarded with the conjugations - in the old-fashioned way that puts many people off learning languages. His explanations are unclear and jump around too. It feels like he just wants to plough through it as quickly as possible (because to him it is obvious). Yes, ok, all the information is there - but you could just as easily read it from a grammar textbook.

This is a huge contrast to other approaches which build up gradually, allowing you the listener to build a solid foundation. My advice is to use another system to get up to speed with the basics - then get the Smart Italin BEGINNER level CD's
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fast and Clear 13 April 2010
In my opinion, these cds are excellent if you want to learn the basics fast. But this author is at his best when you reach the second level, which he calls "Beginner Level" - as opposed to 'Introduction'. Both are truly enjoyable with excellent remarks to make you progress rapidly. I'm extremely pleased to have discovered this fantastically workable system!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Clear and Organized. Excellent Product! 8 Sep 2010
I purchased this set of audio CD's in anticipation of another trip to Rome. My Italian instruction goes back many years, and I'm presently taking an extension class. These CD's drive home my previous book learning! There is nothing better than hearing the Italian language spoken slowly enough to "get it." The instructor is clear and does an outstanding job of getting the concepts across in a very organized manner.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific CDs For Learning Italian! 15 Jan 2010
By Gian
I recently bought these CDs and I found them excellent. SmartItalian analysed what is happening in casual conversations in order to choose what you need to know first to learn Italian faster. I have bought other CDs/books and while they are helpful in allowing me to pick up additional vocabulary, SmartItalian is the method that I return to. SmartItalian provides an easy method for learning Italian (and more importantly comprehending Italian). I am so sold, that I recently ordered the Intro Vol 2.
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