Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: West Malling, Kent
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As has been said, Michel Thomas gets you up and running pretty quickly. I bought the 2 CD cut down version (cheaper!) and found it useful.
However, in anticipation of my recent 3 week trip to Italy, I bought the Collins Easy Learning Italian 3 CD course.
This was better than Michel Thomas in some respects as it teaches you things you actually need to know as a tourist such as:
- where is the tourist information office?
- can I have a glass of beer and a glass of dry white wine please?
- where are the toilets?
- I would like to stay for 2 nights?
Michel Thomas, on the other hand, dives straight into building long sentences by leveraging the similarities between Italian and English.
His opening chat claims that most English words ending in -ible and -bly (possible and probably, for example) are the same in Italian (you just change the pronunciation), so you already know a few thousand words.
So, by part way through the first CD, you are already saying
"Why is it not possible for me to have it, because I need it now?"
Which is very impressive, and surprisingly easy, but not very useful when all you want is a beer....
....though it's dead handy when your beer doesn't arrive!