I have tried nightclasses, tapes, CD's and books in an effort to learn Italian. As fast as it went in one ear, it tumbled out of the other. One last attempt with Pimsleur - and it is really working. I play the unit while driving to and from work. No different to listening to the radio. Pimsleur recommend one unit per day. I do one unit over two or three days, twice a day. But I can remember it. The speaking is clear, no reading (for the first units) and today I remember most of what I learned yesterday. When I feel confidant, I move on to the next unit. Half a dozen new words incorporated into what I have learnt .... and so on. Easy! So if nothing else has worked for you, give this a try. It could be the system that gets through to you. It has really worked for me.
This is the fifth of six downloads in Unit 1. I have progressed from 'me' and 'you' to 'we' and 'ours'. A bit scary at first but the more I listened to the module, the more I calmed down and then I 'got it'. I still have to listen to each module six or eight times but I am holding the words. This is certainly the best way for me to learn. I listen going to and from work and sometimes at the weekend, I listen to each module all the way through the unit - a sort of roundup. In fact, that might be the only improvement I could suggest to Pimsleur, that they simply do a roundup, each phase once only, at the end of the unit. I am so pleased with what I have achieved - I am off to Italy for a holiday - to practise what I have learned!