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A question about language-learning resources

Post by Andrew » Sun Nov 16, 2008 4:27 am

Ciao a tutti,

Sto studiando italiano all'universita', e ho appena finito l'anno primo. Ma non voglio dimenticare tutto nell'estate.

Ah, that's the end of my awful Italian, I'll continue in English :)

Could anyone reccommend a good resource to practice with over the summer holidays? I'd like something that's primarily audio, perhaps with a few written exercises. Just so I can review what I've learnt while on the train or riding my bike. I can feel all the Italian I know slipping out of my head, and I don't want to have to play catch up when uni starts again :)

We've covered passato prossimo, imperfetto, and futuro semplice, as well as direct/indirect/stressed pronouns, so I'd like something that doesn't start right from the beginning if at all possible.


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Post by giuseppe » Sun Nov 16, 2008 1:23 pm

Hi Andrew, I don't know any free resources, but other English-speaking forum members will surely reply soon. Besides, if I'm not mistaken, there are some old posts that might be useful to you.

Anyway, if you feel like talking, you can call me on Skype. If you are interested, write me an IM and I will tell you my username (I'd rather not write it here so as not to be contacted by spammers).
Obviously the invitation is extended to everyone, too.
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Post by Peter » Sun Nov 16, 2008 3:01 pm

Andrew, there are a couple of other Australians on this forum - probably more - check the member list. You may be able to PM them for information. :)

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Post by Roby » Sun Nov 16, 2008 5:49 pm


You can take a look at this link


You can also try http://www.amazon.com and http://www.bn.com to order some Italian tapes that you can use while biking or riding the train.
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Post by timLA » Sun Nov 16, 2008 11:45 pm

Youtube has tons of Italian video.
Radio Arlecchino is nice
RAI click has video
And then newspapers:
...and about 100 more...
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Post by Andrew » Mon Nov 17, 2008 12:01 pm

Thanks for the replies, guys. I was more thinking of something like a teach-yourself language course that I could use as revision. I've had a poke around and the Palgrave Foundations Italian course seems pretty good, but I was wondering if anybody had had good experiences with this kind of resource and what particular course you'd reccommend.

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Post by Davide » Mon Nov 17, 2008 12:25 pm

Hi Andrew - one course that I can throughly recommend is 'Italianissimo 1' published by the BBC. I don't know if you'd be able to obtain it in Australia, but it's worth looking on Amazon because it's much cheaper than buying it through a bookstore. The course consists of a course book and 4 CDs and there is a separate Activity book available.

Another possiblity is 'Colloquial Italian' by Sylvia Lymbery which starts right from scratch. There is also 'Colloquial Italian 2' by the same author which is the next level up.

Hope these at least give you some ideas.


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Post by Devery » Mon Nov 17, 2008 1:06 pm

I've tried a lot of methods and a lot of different brands. I have come away with one impression: the best thing in the world is Living Language. For you either the Living Language Italian Advanced or the Living Language Italian Beyond The Basics.
Each has lively and natural dialogue with idioms and expressions. There are 20 lessons in each. Each lesson goes through a real life experience. Each course comes with cd's where you can listen to the lessons and also the grammar sections. After each dialogue section they have grammar lessons with questions and answers and lots of useful info.

Trust me. Buy both of them. You will not need to buy anything else for the rest of your life.

Of course if you are looking for something free then this is not it. But if you want to improve, this is where the beef is.

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Post by Andrew » Wed Nov 19, 2008 1:24 pm

Thanks guys! I'll definitely check those two out.

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Post by artemisia » Fri Nov 21, 2008 9:03 am


Su Itunes trovi tanti podcast su grammatica italiano gratis!

In bocca al lupo!


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Post by Andrew » Sun Nov 23, 2008 12:44 pm

Ciao Artemesia,

Non uso Itunes, ma forse cominciaro' a usarlo per trovare questi podcast :) Grazie per l'informazione.

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