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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: BBC Active; 1 edition (27 Aug 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0563400757
  • ISBN-13: 978-0563400752
  • Product Dimensions: 20 x 12.4 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (114 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,655,996 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Alwena Lamping is the Series Editor of the bestselling BBC Talk language courses and has written several books on language learning, all of them designed expressly to encourage and motivate English-speaking adults to learn other languages. She has taught Italian, French, Welsh and English, and has extensive specialist experience of curriculum development and course design in the field of Adult Language Learning. In addition, her varied career as a professional linguist has included interpreting for the police, writing and presenting a series on BBC Radio Wales, plus involvement in national language policy development and in international projects.

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114 of 116 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 14 Jun 2005
Format: Paperback
After reading many reviews - I chose this course and I certainly made the right choice. I have loaded the CDs onto my Mpeg 3 player and listen to them every morning on my way to work. As a complete novice to Italian, I now feel really confident about ordering wine and a meal (obviously the most important requirements). Easy to listen to and learn with no need to constantly refer to the book - although I carry the book with me and consult it when necessary. All in all, excellent!
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80 of 82 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 5 May 2005
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I have recently bought this book and CD pack following the reommendation of other readers on this website. I have been attending Italian lesson for the past 10 weeks and although I have learnt a great deal from my tutor I have found both the book and CD really helpful. I have found the CD particulary useful and listen to it most days in the car. I have also used it at home together with the book. I feel much more confident in my lessons since using the book and CD. I would reccommend this book to anyone who is looking to gain a basic understanding in Italian as It would be just as useful on it's own without the lessons.
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82 of 84 people found the following review helpful By "njjb" on 25 April 2003
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I found this audio and text book combination an ideal way to get to grips with learning Italian. It's based on the original BBC series, but this pack has been updated to include euros rather than the old lire currency. Several situations are presented, providing a good range of vocabulary even at this basic level. A short section on grammar explains the fundamental structure of the language, which is more than enough at this level.
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59 of 61 people found the following review helpful By lucky on 13 Feb 2005
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I recently enrolled on a college course, and on the first night was asked to buy this book/cd which we would work through over the weeks.
To be honest the book is so good that I wished I had just bought the book and not enrolled at college as it is extremely easy to follow, the words sink in, and its good fun (except for the embarrassing jingles!). The book and cd is a course in itself.
I am keen to get to the end of this book, and am already thinking about getting an advanced one, or trying another langage.
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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful By C. WATT on 4 July 2012
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The only reason I bought this product was really because it was cheaper than the Michel Thomas course. But this course is very much the traditional 'listen, repeat.' format and I really don't find that works for me. I also planned to listen to the CD while driving for work as I often spend hours at a time in the car, but because the course works in conjunction with the workbook provided, it doesn't really work well just listening to the CD on its own.

I did buy the Michel Thomas French course some time ago which you can listen to anywhere without having to memorise anything or take notes, fill in workbooks etc. I can now speak enough French to be able to get round Paris without any difficulty, but when in Italy recently, I was having my grammar and pronunciation constantly corrected by people to the point where I stopped trying.

My view would be that if you learn best with using workbooks etc and you're buying this to begin your journey to learning Italian properly then great, otherwise put the money towards the Michel Thomas course instead!
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 28 Mar 2003
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I bought the book and tape pack because I drive 500 miles every week and wanted to learn Italian quickly in the car. The tapes (2) are excellent and by the end of 1 week (with about 4 repetitions of each tape) I was able to construct short understandable sentences and can get by in Italy. I would certainly recommend this course.
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45 of 48 people found the following review helpful By the great amphibian on 19 July 2004
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I bought this small course book and tape a few days before an intensive Italian language course that I attended was due to start, and it was an excellent and easy aid to learning the basics of Italian in preparation for the course. The 100 page booklet is constructed of easy material, with tests at the end of each section that are not difficult and also make the process rewarding so that there is a good chance, I think, that you'll sail through the book just for the fun of it. The actors and actresses on the tapes all have engaging and distinguishable voices, but the one negative thing that I would point out is the jingles that play before sections of the course. This is a bit annoying after a while. It makes the course feel less serious, though it is really just a quick and light introductory course anyway, and to that end, the course is a success. It works as an ideal primer to an evening class in Italian, to make walking into the class much less daunting.
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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 14 Mar 2002
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aimed at the absolute beginner, this book and accompanying cassettes is a useful start to learning italian and starting to speak it straight away. although the cassettes sometimes feature words which aren't explained elsewhere, and the speech is sometimes pretty fast and hard to follow, it is overall a good start to learning the language. i found it particularly useful to have both a book and audio material to learn from.
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