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on 29 October 2003
Italian is not my first foreign language I have ever learnt. And I don't really understand why people would turn this course down. I have seen quite a few language materials available here on Amazon. There are two types of them: 1) "super-modern" solutions (Michel Thomas, Learn Italian in your car) or "modest-size" materials (phrase books, short self study courses -e.g. "Teach yourself Italian") - these are, probably, make good choice for beginners or one-time travellers to Italy;
2) "traditional" courses - some of them are obsolete and boring but not all of them.
Whilst mentioned materials from the first type can make you progress in relatively little time, give self-confidence or only satisfy your needs occasionally, only "traditional" courses can really teach you the language. Only they involve you into all language activities: reading, writing, listening, speaking. Only they can teach you in a consistent way. Italianissimo is, in my view, an example of the best language course of the second type. Nearly all the drawbacks of traditional approach seem to be considered. To name a few: lack of listening material or non-real sound - gone (4 cassettes of CDs for each level), need for external help (like in a classroom) - gone, small vocabularly - gone, boring studying - wouldn't even mention it. Local information, jokes, tongue twisters, common confusions explained - to name just a few advantages. I am only sorry about the time I have waisted on other courses.
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on 23 March 2013
I wanted a clear, easy to follow text book which had grammar, speaking, exercises and had used Italianissimo 1 on a course years ago. This lived up to my expectations and I am doing well with it, a bit each day.
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on 12 July 2013
The contents of the book do NOT match the bbc transcripts 11 to 20. For instance, unit 11 in the book is entitled ""Bella Figura!", whereas unit 11 in the bbc transcripts is entitled "La Settimana Bianca".
Something is wrong somewhere, and, from this distance (Australia), it's a bloody nuisance!
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on 2 March 2013
This is a really useful follow-on from Italianissimo 1 (or other beginners course) to get you up to a standard of Italian that simply isn't achievable with most of the course books/audio that are available; it's just a shame that it's no longer available as new.

Although it is a good book, I was somewhat disappointed that the seller described the condition as 'good', but omitted to give details of the ink writing in many places throughout the book (where a previous owner had attempted to answer questions and leave notes of translations). In a language learning book it is important to know if such answers have been written in, as it doesn't really help the new owner to learn the language!
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on 14 February 2015
An excellent, mint copy of an out of print teaching manual.
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on 30 September 2015
This item was described as being in good condition. I do not agree, it has lots of writing in it in both pencil and ballpoint, it even has a piece of paper, with somones notes on it!
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on 8 April 2015
Was a bit disappointed with this copy,had been written in and very well used.
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on 29 July 2009
The state of this book is very good with minimal signs of use. It arrived promptly on standard delivery. Would use the supplier again.
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