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on 24 May 2001
I'd never used a CD-ROM as a learning tool before and I was very impressed with this software. It provides a very fun way of learning, using various methods to make remembering words and phrases easier. My only complaint is that it is not accompanied by a book or grammatical aid. However, I will definitely be ordering the next level.
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This is an extremely fun way for anybody to learn a language - The first time I used it I couldnt drag my self away - Its ideal if you need to learn the basics of Italian in a hurry which in my case was true as I'm visiting Venice in April and would like to know a little!! The software has 9 chapters for you to work your way through at your own pace starting with simple things such as first words, food and colours working upto harder things such as phrases, telling the time and countries. With each chapter there is 4 different activities to work your way through,1) Word practice where your "tutors" say the words and you can repeat them and even record yourself saying the word/phrase. 2) Speaking practice where you can opt for 4, 8 or 10 pictures to pop up on the screen at a time and you have the option of your "tutor" saying the word/phrase first then you repeat it after him/her or if your feeling very clever you can record yourself with no help what so ever then play it back so you can compare your accent to that of the tutor!!. This is very good as you find you pick it up if you repeat after them a couple of times then do it on your own. 3) is an easy quiz and 4) is a more difficult quiz where you earn points for each correct answer you give. The aim of the quizzes is to achieve a score of 1200 points by the time you have finished your basic Italian studies. You'll find that you can complete a chapter and have a good knowledge of it in as little as 2 hours.
Give it a try - you'll be surprised at just how quickly you can pick up a new language!
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on 25 August 2001
Lacks of grammatical examples and explanations. Only teaches you about 275 expresions and words which are ok to get started but not sufficient to make a conversation. If you are just starting to learn the languaje, perhaps this is your course, but if you already know a bit of Italian, I'd recommend to go for other course which will give you more value for money.
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on 29 December 2002
I found this a most disappointing introduction to Italian. It's basically a dictionary on cd-rom - fine for helping you identify and pronounce individual words and phrases, but useless at helping you construct easy sentences. A good dictionary with phonetics would do the job far more cheaply and would be a lot more portable.
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on 26 November 2016
No problems but I am told by thems that know that this form of training has been supplanted by direct downloads?
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on 19 September 2013
bought for grand daughter who has just went into high school and she loves it and it is a very good start
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