Hello, friends! Take a look at that stunning image from a lake town in Italy. I imagine the people who inhabit that beautiful place are friendly. I imagine that the cobblestone streets are lined with small shops and that people sit outside of cafes, chatting about life while enjoying the company of their loved ones. I imagine all of these things because I have never actually been to Italy (at least not from what I remember). In the late 1980’s, my family was stationed in Germany for a few years and we had the opportunity to travel throughout several countries in Europe but, since I was still a toddler, I don’t have many memories of our time living overseas. The travel bug has bitten me and the only cure for it is
more cowbell to either hop on a plane and go somewhere new or take some time learning about a culture from afar (with the hope of one day visiting). For now, my only option is the latter. From the rich history to the vibrant culture, I love all things Italy.
About a month ago, I was given the opportunity to learn something new. I was given the gift of learning the Italian language. I will be the first to tell you that I was both excited and nervous about the prospect of learning Italian. Having studied other languages in the past (Spanish, French, and Arabic), I am no stranger to the amount of difficulty associated with learning and the commitment it takes to become fluent in a language that’s different from your own. While some may think I have an affinity for learning languages (trust me, I don’t), I wasn’t as confident in my own abilities. Then I popped in my first Pimsleur Approach Italian I CD and I really felt confident that I could do it. “Dear Universe,” I said, “challenge ACCEPTED!”
Learning with the Pimsleur Approach has been an absolute breeze. The CDs, which total over 16 hours of learning, guide you through conversational Italian. When you begin each section, you’ll spend a minute listening to a conversation (the dialogue increases in difficulty the deeper you are into the lessons). Afterwards, the conversation is broken down for you part by part in a listen and repeat style manner which is easy to understand and allows just about anyone to quickly pick up the language (my three year old daughter repeats some of the words and it’s adorable).
I’m only about three weeks into my lessons but I already feel confident enough to at least introduce myself to an Italian speaker as an English speaker and to let them know that I don’t speak Italian very well. My plan is to share my progress with all of you as I continue on through this first set of CDs so feel free to follow along with me (and keep me accountable for learning). If you’d like to join in (it’s not too late!) and learn Italian with me, you can find more information about the Pimsleur Approach on Amazon. I would like (and plan) to continue on through their more advanced language learning CDs and, hopefully, reward myself with a trip to Italy someday where I’ll feel confident having a conversation with a native Italian all thanks to the Pimsleur Approach.
Disclosure: I was given a generous discount on my Italian language CDs in exchange for using the Pimsleur Approach and discussing my experience on It’s An Ordinary Blog. All expressed opinions are uniquely my own and I wholeheartedly endorse their approach for my readers who are looking to learn Italian. Please feel free to connect with me any time if you have questions about this review.