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Multiple Ways to Learn Italian,
This review is from: Berlitz Italian Premier Version 2 (PC/Mac) (DVD-ROM)
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I love all things Italian and really fancied learning the language from the comfort of my own home. I just wanted key phrases for shopping, sight-seeing and cooking/food really.
This set comes with 5 discs, 1 for the computer and 4 audio discs. The thing that attracted me to this was that it ran on Mac's, so I went about installing it. It was pretty tricky to install on a Mac as there were so many files on the disc, I had to search through the thick manual to find out which file I needed.
Once found it installed quickly and I started up the computer based learning package. This involves looking at a set of words/phrases on flash cards, listening and reading them and then guessing the write translation and spelling and typing the translation in both Italian and English. It is repetitious and you remember the words after a few goes. If you get a word wrong it makes you do it a few more times. Other sections include grammar and reading, and scenarios where you read part of a conversation.
The computer based learning is ok but the sound quality is awful. It reminds me of the recorded French cassettes we used to listen to while studying French at school. It's very muffled and is very irritating, a bit like if you are listening to something very quiet and have to turn the volume up to the max.
One good thing on the program is that you can record yourself speaking Italian and compare the sound-waves between your pronunciation and the Italian so you can perfect the language.
With the Audio CD's, I put them onto my iPod and listened to them in the car on my way to and from work. These are ok but the Italian is very fast and it is very hard to hear the pronunciation as the speed is fluent Italian.
Overall this program isn't bad for the money and I will carry on learning Italian with it but the quality isn't great at all but you get what you pay for.