Thursday, September 6, 2012

#92: Complete Language Pack: Italian

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This new language course from DK is perfect for travelers!
Combining the solid grounding of a practical language teaching course with the instant accessibility of a phrasebook, each Complete Language Pack is structured around simple conversations used in everyday situations. The courses cover basic vocabulary and grammar in sixty fifteen-minute daily units. Pronunciation guides and the audio CDs make speaking easy, and "cover and test" flaps and flashcards reinforce learning and make testing yourself fun.
Teaching what you need to know fast — arranged thematically, with simple conversations based on real-life situations, Complete Language Pack Italian includes the bestselling 15-Minute Language Course, Visual Phrase Book, and three audio CDs.
With a pronunciation guide for every word and phrase, a two-way dictionary that provides ready reference on the go, and a phrase book including useful cultural tips, Complete Language Pack Italian is ideal for both business and vacation travelers.
  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: DK ADULT; Pap/Com Bl edition (June 18, 2012)
  • ISBN: 9780756692407
  • Amazon CA

MY OPINION:
I've always had a keen interest in language, and have picked it up quite easily, but when I married Italian, the interest grew even more. When surrounded by my in-laws and their huge extended family, that is usually how communication is expressed, in Italian. Other than a few choice cuss words and basic greetings, I didn't know much. I always felt slightly out of my element. Yes, they were always gracious and stopped to tell me what was said, but it still felt like I had to learn for myself.
Then I saw DK had language packs that can teach you whatever language you want to learn. I had to give it a try! Besides having a love of learning and language, it would solve my cultural divide....
I know it says in just 15 minutes a day, but it has taken me longer than that and longer than I thought. I really want to get it right though. Correct phrasing and pronunciation in anothers' spoken tongue if done incorrectly could be disastrous and offensive. I didn't want to do that. Plus it stays with me for a day, then the next day I have a hard time remembering... yeah, I'm not as young as I like to think... but I still go over it again and now it's starting to stick in my head. Slowly, but surely. So I feel like I'm accomplishing something, a goal even, and for that I am grateful to this book.
If you need to learn a language, or just need help in one that you are failing in at school, these packs can help. I definitely recommend them to everyone who is tween and up.

5/5

Recommend? Yes!


DISCLAIMER: I received a copy for review. I was not compensated for my opinion or this post.

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