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Consider your learning style before buying,
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This review is from: Talk Italian: The Ideal Couse for Absolute Beginners (Book & CD) (Paperback)
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!