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SmartItalian Audio CDs Intermediate/Advanced - Learning Italian from Real Italian People Audio CD – Audiobook, 14 Dec 2009

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Product details

  • Audio CD: 41 pages
  • Publisher: Smart Language (14 Dec. 2009)
  • Language: English, Italian
  • ISBN-10: 1934519111
  • ISBN-13: 978-1934519110
  • Product Dimensions: 19 x 13.7 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 737,465 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I studied Italian over twenty years ago, and I recently decided to take up the language once again. I have tried various programs, such as Rosetta Stone, Michel Thomas, and Pimsleur. However, when I tried to have a conversation with native Italian speakers, I was always disappointed because a) When they spoke at a natural pace, other than picking out a word here and there, I could not understand what they were saying and b) While I could make myself understood, I was told that my sentences were too rigid.

As far as I know, Smart Italian is the only program available that teaches the student to speak in a natural and fluent manner. The program presents a series of vignettes in which an interviewer discusses a topic with everyday Italian speakers such as a diplomat, a chef, an art curator, a historian, an actress, etc. The conversations are presented in stages. The first stage, breaks down the sentences into bite sized segments in slow motion. The ensuing stages move progressively faster, until the sixth stage, when we hear the actual interview at normal speed. At first the conversations seemed impossibly fast, but after listening to them a few times, I began to understand more and more of what the speakers were saying.

The Smart Italian course has helped me tremendously in developing an ear for Italian as it is spoken by real people and in improving my accent. In my opinion, it is by far the best program available, and the best value for the money.
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I also got the one in French, the only thing was the Italian one unfortunately arrived smashed to pieces but Amazon sorted that out promptly. It repeats and breaks down the language over and over again in different ways so that all you need to do is play it in the background as you wash the dishes / drive the car and the phrases sink in quite quickly. I think it is a brilliant way to perfect your accent too, as it focuses a lot on pronunciation. Like any Language Learning CD, they do get as boring as hell after a bit, but that's not to say it doesn't work - you end up anticipating the phrases and saying them before they're pronounced on the CD if you listen often enough.
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thre should have been a booklet wiht the CDs but there wasn't - nor was there one in the replacement, even though the case had the clips for one. I returnded both - the booklet is necessary if you are not so confident when you start
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Disappointed with this product. The CD packaging states that the product contains a booklet to follow the listening comprehension CDs and contains the clips inside to hold it but it does not contain a booklet and instead has the text on a 5th CD. It would be much easier to follow the conversations if you had the booklet in front of you instead of on a CD. It has been suggested that you could print out the entire booklet but at 53 pages this is a lot of printing and is not very helpful for the environment.
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