Item description for Berlitz Intermediate Italian...
This innovative new edition helps experienced beginners get to the next level of language learning. It focuses on topics of high-interest and features a variety of interactive exercises, pronunciation activities and practical conversations with native speakers to let learners acquire vocabulary and build their language skills with confidence.
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Studio: Berlitz Guides
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 12.6" Width: 10.39" Height: 1.42" Weight: 2.34 lbs.
Release Date Dec 13, 2005
Publisher Berlitz Guides
ISBN 9812467718 ISBN13 9789812467713
Reviews - What do customers think about Berlitz Intermediate Italian?
A valuable resource for learning Italian Oct 23, 2009
I've used Berlitz Premier Italian (Berlitz Premier), this intermediate package and Berlitz Advanced Italian. All three were valuable learning tools. Over the past two years, I've used the CDs in all three packages to supplement what I'm learning in Italian school (Parliamo Italiano in NYC) and with a private tutor. All the CDs have great dialogues and I've literally spent hundreds of hours listening to them. They offer two advantages over school: unlimited repetition and an escape from listening to other students' mistakes and bad accents. The written material in these packages, available via download in the 6-CD beginners' (Premier) pack and included as books in the intermediate and advanced packages, is decent, but not a substitute for a more structured grammar book.
Advertising for language-learning materials usually promises more or less instant, effortless results. That's unrealistic with any product. Considering the amount of time I've listened to the Berlitz CDs and what I've learned from them, I think that they are an incredibly good value.
My major criticism of Berlitz is that they offer a bewildering array of products, many with similar-sounding titles. The material covered is never explained. They just tell you the number of CDs in the package, which in itself doesn't mean anything. In fact, I would say that most of the CDs run around 25-30 minutes, less than half of their capacity. Berlitz needs to hire a product manager who can rationalize the brand's various offerings and define a clear path for people who really want to learn Italian, as opposed to just restaurant or travel Italian.
Still, regardless of the brand's muddled marketing, the actual Berlitz audio products are quite good.
Not What I Expected Jun 5, 2009
I thought I would be able to learn Italian while driving in my car. However, you need to follow the Course Book while listening to the CD. It defeated my purpose of learning while driving. I gave it two stars because I could still learn some of the language without the book, but I'm going to return it anyway.
Good, and well done. May 7, 2009
If you a serious about learning Italian, you must get this. This product is with the Berlitz touch, well done and even somewhat fun. To the point, had phrases that you can use.