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Summary

Heading off on holiday or a business trip? Looking for a language safety net to get yourself out of sticky situations? Fed up not knowing how to order a drink or a meal?

Join Elisabeth Smith and her student Andy for an in-flight Italian lesson as they head off abroad. This course is fast, fun and easy. There’s no grammar or writing practice. Instead it focuses on practical spoken Italian so you can communicate with ease.

-Learn the 50 most essential words and phrases - just what you need to be understood and enjoy your trip.
-Practical and useful topics - get the language you need for ordering food, asking for directions and more.
-Start speaking Italian quickly - learn all you need in just one day!

Elisabeth Smith has sold over one million copies of her Teach Yourself books, CDs, DVDs and apps in 11 different languages. Her entertaining and practical approach has helped people all around the world to learn a language they can use. Now it’s your turn!

©2011 Elisabeth Smith (P)2011 Teach Yourself

Critic reviews

"Best quick-fix." ( The Daily Telegraph)
"Fast, fun and easy" ( The Independent)

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  • Wittelte, Netherlands
  • 23-08-13

Easy to learn an fun to listen

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, because its practical and very easy to learn.
It's a great help when you go to Italy for a short stay.

Who was your favorite character and why?

both Elisabeth and Andy were great

What about Elisabeth Smith’s performance did you like?

her speed and her no nonsense way of teaching

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Fly with me to italy

Any additional comments?

Fast italian in a day has been great fun to listen to and a realy great help as well.
Although I'm Dutch I choose for this English-Italian book because it gave me the best of both.
I do speak some Italian and this course is so well organized and practical, I could use all those words and sentences without any problem when I visited italy.
It's very easy to learn and it gives you all you need for a short stay in Italy.
I hope she will do a course like this for more advanced Italian, I would most certainly buy that one as well!

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Very useful content

I've had to listen to it several times to pick up a decent amount of the content, one run through definitely wasn't enough for me to remember everything, so not really Italian in an hour. On that basis the chatting / jokes get a bit irritating after the first time you hear them, but the set up is otherwise fine. Very useful phrases and content for a short trip / holiday.

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Essential Starter!

Would you listen to Italian in a Day again? Why?

This audio book gave me the start I needed for my holiday. It is well out together and easy to follow. I am useless at languages but managed to memorize the words using Elisabeth Smith's method. I now have confidence to order food and drink, ask directions and make polite (if somewhat limited) conversation.It works!

Who was your favorite character and why?

Andy Johnson the student learning the language. He was not good at languages but picked it up just like me.

What about Elisabeth Smith’s performance did you like?

Elisabeth makes it easy and fun and she knows what is needed when starting out. The course is all about getting the foundation to converse. No serious grammar to scare you. She has a sense of humour too.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I did, but kept returning to it time after time. Some bits I found easier than others.

Any additional comments?

Fully recommend you get this if you have been nervous about foreign languages in the past. I found it very easy and I am sure you will too!

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Great for learning some basic Italian

This is an hour of basic Italian phrases. It was perfect for what i wanted just some simple Italian for my holiday.