Learn Italian Now! 9.0
comes with two CDs, one of which has various key sections--useful "survival phrases", fun activities, conversations and practising speech against the voice of a native speaker. The other CD has a thorough grammar tutorial. This combination is certainly a valuable one for people who are serious about learning a language, and the product is clear and easy to use: in role-plays, phrases are highlighted in a box and their English translations placed underneath, while the voice recognition software allows you to measure your own voice against that of a native speaker and the games hone the things that have been learned. Sections are tailored to various activities, such as getting around, going out and business situations, while at any point you can call up a grammar tutorial that will explain a topic in more detail.
The section on survival phrases will be of much use to those who have already reached a basic level. There are several practice dialogues based on common situations--in the hotel, the bar, the airport, etc.--with some examples that demonstrate a wicked sense of humour. Although some of the advice borders on the infantile ("When you decide to travel outside the USA, you will probably need a passport"), much of it is useful and rounds out a well-composed package for someone starting out on the road to using the language overseas. --Toby Green
ItalianNow! 9.0 Deluxe takes you from beginner to confident speaker in no time. Listen & Speak activities, grammar tools, and vocabulary games build a solid foundation, while real-life video content lets you interact with native speakers. ItalianNow! also adds online features that create an interesting and authentic atmosphere, making learning Italian fast, fun, and highly effective.
ItalianNow!'s four stimulating titles include: Fundamental Italian, Survival Phrases for Italian, Conversations in Italian, and A Italian Adventure with Andrés. GrammarPro!, its comprehensive grammar tool, adds more than 10,000 words, extensive tutorials, and grammar quizzes to your desktop. Installed, GrammarPro! integrates seamlessly with all four ItalianNow! titles to provide detailed grammar analyses with just a click of your mouse.
Online features, fun interactive games, conversations and phrases round out this deluxe suite. Practice your pronunciation using the integrated speech features, then record your voice and replay your conversation. Learn at your own pace by deciding when you need translation. And for Microsoft Windows users, GlobalWriter98, a word processing tool that helps you write in over 100 languages, as well as a handy screen saver are also included.