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Pimsleur Comprehensive Italian Level 1 - Discount - Audio 16 CD

Pimsleur Comprehensive Italian Level 1 - Discount - Audio 16 CD

Pimsleur Comprehensive Italian Level 1 - Discount - Audio 16 CD

Pimsleur Comprehensive Italian Level 1

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Comprehensive Italian I includes 30 lessons of essential grammar and vocabulary -- 16 hours of real-life spoken practice sessions -- plus an introduction to reading.

Upon completion of this Level I program, you will have functional spoken proficiency with the most-frequently-used vocabulary and grammatical structures. You will be able to:

* initiate and maintain face-to-face conversations,
* deal with every day situations -- ask for information, directions, and give basic information about yourself and family,
* communicate basic information on informal topics and participate in casual conversations,
* avoid basic cultural errors and handle minimum courtesy and travel requirements,
* satisfy personal needs and limited social demands,
* establish rapport with strangers in foreign countries,
* begin reading and sounding out items with native-like pronunciation.

 

About the Italian Language

Italian is a Romance language spoken by about 63 million people, primarily in Italy. In Switzerland, Italian is one of four official languages. It is also the official language of San Marino and Vatican City. Standard Italian, adopted by the state after the unification of Italy, is based on Tuscan dialect and is somewhat intermediate between Italo-Dalmatian languages of the South and Northern Italian dialects of the North.

Unlike most other Romance languages, Italian has retained the contrast between short and long consonants which existed in Latin. As in most Romance languages, stress is distinctive. Of the Romance languages, Italian is considered to be one of the closest resembling Latin in terms of vocabulary, though Romanian most closely preserves the noun declension system of Classical Latin, and Spanish the verb conjugation system , while Sardinian is the most conservative in terms of phonology.

In Italy, all Romance languages spoken as the vernacular in Italy, other than standard Italian and other unrelated, non-Italian languages, are termed "Italian dialects". Many Italian dialects are, in fact, historical languages in their own right. These include recognized language groups such as Friulian, Neapolitan, Sardinian, Sicilian, Venetian, and others, and regional variants of these languages such as Calabrian. Though the division between dialect and language has been used by scholars (such as by Francesco Bruni) to distinguish between the languages that made up the Italian koine, and those which had very little or no part in it, such as Albanian, Greek, German, Ladin, and Occitan, which are still spoken by minorities.

Dialects are generally not used for general mass communication and are usually limited to native speakers in informal contexts. In the past, speaking in dialect was often deprecated as a sign of poor education. Younger generations, especially those under 35 (though it may vary in different areas), speak almost exclusively standard Italian in all situations, usually with local accents and idioms. Regional differences can be recognized by various factors: the openness of vowels, the length of the consonants, and influence of the local dialect (for example, annà replaces andare in the area of Rome for the infinitive "to go").

 


The Pimsleur Language Learning System  is an cd linguistic communication skill mode formulated by Paul Pimsleur that stresses stimulated response over rote memorization. In the time of instructions, the listener is repeating phrases offered by native people and produces new words and phrases by inference. As new sentences are presented, the listener is prompted to retrieve slightly older words and phrases. The prompts for any given expression are gently separated out in ever-increasing time periods. Somewhere between Nineteen Sixty Three and Nineteen Seventy One, Dr Paul Pimsleur created Greek, French, Spanish, German, and Twi instruction while schooling at the UCLA The Pimsleur method centers on technique in speaking, at the same time as ability in reading. These 2 features are sharpened throughout thirty-minute modules, which are reiterated until a ranking of no less than eighty% awareness is obtained before going ahead to the up coming session. During the class exercises, students listen to indigenous speakers of the subject language as they communicate words and phrases in both the foreign language, as well as the student’s chief language. At graduated periods, learners are advised to repeat a key phrase soon after paying attention to the presenter. As the individual progresses through the training, the interval grows, as does the size of the vocabulary. The programs are made up of 30-minute daily sessions and shorter reviewing courses

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