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Learn in Your Car Italian: The Complete Language Course : 3 Level Set : With Carrying Case
Where To Buy This Item
- Audio CD
- Publisher: Penton Overseas (May 1, 2002)
- ISBN: 1591252105
- Product Dimensions: 10.4 x 9.1 x 2.1 inches
- Average Customer Review:
based on 10 reviews.
Avg. Customer Review:
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful:
Cosi (So-So), November 28, 2004
Well, it definitely isn't as good as the Pimsleur language programs.
I was amused to see the advertisement on some of the packages that
showed Pimsleur more expensive when cost per word was compared. Yep,
Pimsleur costs maybe nine times more and is worth every penny.
The differences are many. The design of the Pimsleur series is superior
to this one. It does take longer to learn the same amount of material
because Pimsleur repeats it over and over. They use conversations and
the concepts of "Graduated Interval Recall" and the "Principle of
Anticipation". The first concept just means that the time between
repetitions is increased as you learn. If the item is repeated before
the memory decays, the length of time you remember increases. Then,
before it is forgotten, the item is repeated again, thus shifting the
word or phrase from short term into long term memory. They've timed the
average memory decay time to ensure the repetition occurs prior to the
loss of the target word or phrase. In contrast, each phrase in "Learn in
your car" is repeated twice, then you go on to the next word or phrase.
In Pimsleur, the repetitions are more frequent, and are found in the
context of various conversations.
The quality of Pimsleurs recordings are superior. The recording
equipment was better. Furthermore, I dislike having the speakers on
"Learn in your car" in only one ear or the other. This seems to be an
odd use of stereo recording, and not conducive to clarity. Also, the
Italian speakers in "Learn in your car" don't speak as clearly as they
Can you learn some Italian from these recordings? Certainly. I guess
you'd just have to make up your own conversations and turn the non
sequiturs into something meaningful. You'd also need to play them over
and over and over...
I would not have minded seeing the transcript of the Pimsleur lessons in
a book. But, as Pimsleur reminds us, their method was especially
designed to learn to speak without the necessity for a book. They
succeed at their goal completely. I can't say the same for "Learn in
47 of 52 people found the following review helpful:
Way to Learn a Language, July 10, 2003
This is a great way to learn Italian! After the first CD, I knew lots
of useful phrases. I went to Italy after working with all of the CD's,
and felt very confident. Each CD builds on the previous one, making
learning very easy. I would highly recommend this course, especially for
anyone who spends a lot of time in their car.
11 of 14 people found the following review helpful:
of Date!!!!, September 11, 2004
Italy has been using the Euro for over two years. These lessons spend
much time teaching the student about Lira. It also spends time teaching
you BIG NUMBERS. That is really useless when dealing in Euros!
Pull this product off your site until it joins the 21st century!
The Italian speaking woman is also very difficult to understand. She
does not have a clear voice when it comes to the endings of words.
8 of 10 people found the following review helpful:
August 7, 2004
I've been using disc number one during my morning and evening car
commute for a week and I already feel confident enough to navigate
transportation, get directions, and make purchases. Although I'll be
joining a group tour, my confidence has increased to the point that I'm
planning to spend a day in Venice on my own before I meet with my group
The vocabulary and phrases are just what a traveler needs and the listen
and repeat method works very well for me. Occassionally I can't quite
get the pronunciation by listening, but the course comes with a set of
small booklets that lists all the vocabulary in the same order as it
appears in the CDs. The booklet is small enough to slip in my bag so
when I have a few idle moments during the day I can look up the phrase
that was giving me trouble or just do a quick refresher.
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful:
was what I wanted, June 1, 2004
This was exactly what I was looking for. None of that cutesy,
irrelevant stuff found in some of the other audio courses. They say it
in English, give you a chance to say it, then say it in Italian and give
you a chance to repeat it, twice. The words and phrases are things you
might actually want to say, with an emphasis on travel-related
vocabulary. The only drawback is that the English is spoken by a man
whose voice is more clear than the woman who speaks the Italian. There
are times when she speaks too quickly or too softly. They should have
traded places. Overall, though, this is very helpful. I have it running
in my car everywhere I go.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful:
Winner!, June 1, 2004
Got Italian first, now doing french. Actually bought as gifts for
family. Fabulous course. I've tried Berlitz, beginner and intermediate,
and at least 3 other french courses. This one I found to be the best
available - with 2 cassettes under my belt i navigated paris and was
THRILLED with the ability to communicate. A winner based on quality,
price and efficiency - my personal feelings - the best on the market
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