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The best language course with incredible audio recordings
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.