Over 17 hours of material. 613 four to ten line dialogues in English and Italian using the most common words in the language. The only tool you will ever need to learn Italian!
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Read by an Italian native speaker with excellent audio quality. The entire audiobook follows the same pattern as the short sample that you can hear on Audible: a few simple phrases that combine to make a very simple dialogue.
There's enough variety to keep it interesting: the first half hour covered traffic offences, cupcakes and alien spaceships. If a topic doesn't interest you, it doesn't matter because each dialogue is only about 90 seconds long and the next one will be completely different.
The phrases seem to be well thought-out with a mix of simple translations and slightly more complicated ones that illustrate appropriate use of 'style' - for example translating "Do you think so?" as "Credi?" in the context of a conversation.
I would recommend this recording to someone who has got through most of the Pimsleur or Michael Thomas audio courses or who has at least a basic ability to hold a conversation in Italian.
I think it is very good way to become proficient in being able to think in Italian. I have been teaching myself the language for 3 years but I cannot call up my mental vocabulary quickly enough to keep pace with your dialogue. This can be frustrating, especially when the sentence is familiar to me. l would like a longer pause between the English phrase and the first response in Italian. A variable pause control would be a great help to beginners like me.
The speed of the pronunciation is not a problem.The x 1 settimg is perfect.
"There IS a transcript with enhanced audio in iTune"
This has got to be the most underrated and certainly the cheapest thing I've ever loved.
First, it's in English - so you have time to think of the Italian - then you hear the Italian and just when you think, "Gee, I didn't quite get that" they then repeat it slowly and carefully so you get every work clearly and distinctly.
The narrators are charming - you enjoy listening to them again and again. As if they have a personality - not someone hired by some mass-media company. And every so often some of the English words are (not often) adorably mis-pronounced. eg. "a baked potato" (baked pronounced to rhyme with 'naked' - so it becomes a 'bake-ed' potato ;).
There is understated humor in 4-5 line dialog that really make me smile. Like:
"I like that actress"
"The one who is in all the movies."
"Well that doesn't narrow it down very much"
It's not in your face funny or "trying" to be funny (which is always lame when done on purpose) but just amusing in it's own way without trying to be. Really cute. And you learn.
Buy this quick before it's removed. And there IS the book in iBooks over at iTunes. The title is almost "hidden" by being called: "613 Italian Dialogues With Audio" It's $14.99 and worth every penny because not only the audio is included in the text but it's looped for each dialog. Go over and have iTunes send you a 'sample' or 'preview' and you'll see what I mean. You won't regret this purchase. (p.s. I also have the German 74 dialogs with text done in the same way).
"This is an excellent audio book "
I am independently studying Italian now that I have taken enough classes (is there ever enough though?). From the beginning, this book starts right away with meaty dialogues that you would use daily; and the Italian accents, articulation and speed of the narrators are excellent for the learner. I'm an upper intermediate learner and I found that the composed dialogues challenged me, using certain rules and grammar structures that are important to know.
"I'm So Glad I Found This Book!"
I've been studying Italian for about six years now and have needed a book like this to help further my skills. A few people writing in have been saying that the content is strange and involves topics they would never use, but those folks have missed the point of this book entirely. Its main purpose is to teach sentence structure, grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation, listening, and speech flow. These things are all crucial to learning another language and this book teaches them incredibly well. Not only that, but some of the dialog is surprisingly funny (e.g. "I can't wait for Christmas!" "I can't wait for you to leave." and "I'll run to the store for more apples." "Do you know how to use a gun?").
The narrators themselves are native speakers which helps eliminate doubt as to whether or not the language is being used properly, though it does get a little confusing sometimes with the English translations. That shouldn't pose as an issue for English speakers though and actually helps one to think critically and further analyze how to piece together phrases.
Among the lessons are various interchangeable ways to say things in order to provide the listener with a more thorough study guide for the language, which is an amazing way to get one to learn and pay attention.
I'm so glad I found this audiobook, especially for such a low price (seriously! 95 cents is such a steal!). It's helped me tremendously and I can't recommend it enough!
"Not dialogues, just random often stupid phrases"
This book is not what is advertised. It is just a random collection of often useless phrases not connected "oh look, it's a bear" or "should I bring my headlight". Not very useful in Rome. This is one of three books I've tried, quite sure I'm going to cancel my subscription.
Yes. It's an interesting way to get conversational in Italian in a short amount of time.
"Do you work around here?"
"I never work. I am rich and lazy"
"Now you are joking"
"I never joke about money".
Dialogues such as these make me feel like I'm listening to my relatives. Very authentic (& funny). Just to be clear, not all the dialogues are funny mostly just authentic, useful phrases. But when they are funny it's an unexpected gift (especially if you don't follow along with the e-book).
No - I practice a bit everyday.
Finding this resource was a very pleasant surprise. I hope they do more in Italian!
"Useful and Practical but no transcript"
In addition to the fine performance of the native speaker, I enjoyed the fact that the great majority of the dialog was something that a person travelling in Italy might actually be able to use. I've studied many other courses and this one is different enough to really improve on what one already has learned. Not so good for a beginner and there doesn't seem to be a transcript, which is the only reason I knocked off a star from the overall.
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