The Best Books and Courses To Help You Learn Italian
Perhaps you would like to surprise your fellow travelers by learning some basic Italian before your next holiday in Lake Como. The big Lake Como resort towns such as Como and Bellagio will always have service in English. But outside of these big towns, most of the residents and shop owners do not speak English, so it helps to know some basic Italian to help you fully enjoy your stay.
The Italians are generally very warm-hearted people and will light up with any effort you give to speak their beautiful language. Just a quick "Ciao" or "Buon Giorno" will create a bright smile on the face of whomever you may encounter.
If you’ve been researching ways to learn Italian, you’ll know that there are plenty of different programs available. What you need depends on your ambition, amount of time available, enthusiasm, and whether you want to learn just the basic phrases to get by, or if you plan on eventually studying the rules of complex Italian grammar.
Rick Steves’ Italian Phrase Book and Dictionary is by far the most popular and handy phrasebook to take with you on your trip. Even if you don’t know a single word of Italian, it will help you get around in a variety of situations…booking a hotel, asking for directions, exchanging money, getting a discount, etc. It is very compact, taking up very little space in your luggage and has a comprehensive pronunciation guide to make sure you speak correctly.
If you have a bit more time, I would highly recommend my all-time favorite course for learning Italian – Michel Thomas Method™ Italian For Beginners, 10-CD Program (Michel Thomas Speak…)
In just 10 hours you can master the basics of Italian, and be able to speak and understand yourself and others in a multitude of situations and settings. There is no rote memorization or
Perfected over fifty years by the celebrated psychologist and linguist Michel Thomas, the method works with the brain to build up the new language in manageable, enjoyable steps.
A great one to impress your friends with!
If you want to learn to speak Italian like a native and are willing to commit weeks and months to study it, the best course is Italian I by Pimsleur.
It is the most pricey, but it works to ensure you become fluent and consistently gets rave reviews.
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