SmartItalian is an excellent new method to learn Italian and improve your Italian fluency based on words used in normal conversation. Before creating these audio-visual Italian lessons, we analysed what happens during casual conversation in order to choose what you need to know first to learn Italian more quickly. We discovered that 65% of all words used by people when they speak belong to a set of basic words regardless of the theme of the conversation. By mastering the meaning and use of these basic words, you will be able to understand more than half of what you hear and to participate in conversation on a wide range of topics.
How did we choose the words that you should know first? We interviewed Italian native speakers and let them speak about the subject of their choice. We then selected a minute and a half of these conversations and we isolated every word pronounced, classifying them into Basic, Primary and Secondary vocabulary. In the Basic list we put all the words that appear systematically in every conversation.
In Volume 1 of these two volumes introducing the Italian language to the total beginner, you will learn the alphabet, numbers and verb conjugations. Volume 1 provides a gentle and progressive introduction to very common verbs and their most used tenses. You will practice with multiple examples, repeating and filling the blanks.
In Volume 2, you will learn the basic vocabulary used in everyday conversations.
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"I've been living and working in Tuscany four months a year for the past 25 years. No single medium has done more to improve my Italian and increase my knowledge of things Italian than the SmartItalian CDROM Italian lessons."
This is what you need to speak Italian like the Italians!