Dear Future Fluent Italian Speaker,
I personally think there are some huge problems out there for people like you trying to learn to speak my beautiful Italian language. For starters, many of the popular selling Italian language programs have you falsely believe that you can learn to speak Italian without having a solid grammatical foundation. Let me tell you, that’s just not possible! To become fluent in Italian you have to think in Italian. And, you can not begin to think in Italian unless you have a good Italian grammar foundation. It’s really that simple and straight forward!
The second problem that I see is that many of these Italian courses place a lot of emphasis on memorization of words and phrases. They use some very rigid methods to drill into your head the meanings and definitions of what they consider to be practical and useful Italian words and phrases. Very little emphasis is given to using real scenarios and natural conversations in their lessons. So, often times your quest to learn to speak Italian becomes more difficult than it should be. By this point, many people convince themselves that they just can’t learn to speak Italian. Oh, how wrong they are, how wrong they are…
I have also noticed that many of these Italian courses don’t place enough emphasis on proper pronunciation. I actually consider this almost a sin! You see, I truly believe that God gave the Italian language the most beautiful sound of all languages. So why don’t these other Italian courses focus more on teaching you how to properly pronounce the beautiful sounds, pitches, and tones of the Italian language?
"Our method teaches you Italian the same way you learned to speak your native tongue…"
That’s a very popular phrase that I have heard on the radio, TV and even read in print and online (maybe you’ve heard it too). And, honestly, on the surface it sounds really good. I mean think of it, you really didn’t have to study or attend a single class to learn to speak in your native tongue. It was all really natural. So, if you find a course that can teach you to speak Italian the same way that your parents and/or caregivers taught you to speak then of course you have to get it. I mean, it only makes sense. But, let’s peel back the "Our method teaches you Italian the same way you learned to speak your native tongue" phrase and see what it really smells like…
We’ll start off by asking the obvious, "can an adult learn to speak Italian the same way a baby learns to speak his or her native tongue?" The answer to that question is ABSOLUTELY NOT!!
We won’t even get into the brain development phenomenon that takes place during the early years of life, which of course is like no other period in our entire adult life. Instead, let’s talk about the environmental setting in which a child learns to speak.
Have you ever stopped to think about how fully immerse children are in their native tongue during the years in which they are learning to speak? You have the mother, father, grandparents, uncles, aunts, in-laws, and friends constantly interacting with the child in his or her native tongue. Many of these interactions are specific to getting the child to say a word, phrase, or sentence. This structure creates a true and full 100% language learning immersed environment for the child. So, combined with the wonderful brain development taking place, the child learns to speak.
Now, ask yourself, what course can duplicate the same brain developmental stage and environment setting where you will be 100% of the time fully immersed in learning to speak Italian? Of course the answer is none!
So, now you see why you can not learn to speak Italian the same way you learned to speak your native language? You need a course that recognizes and acknowledges this fact and presents the lessons to you in a format geared to where you are in life, an adult!
Perhaps the last problem that I see out there for people trying to learn to speak Italian is that most courses don’t provide you with enough details of the specific topics covered in each of their lessons.
To me, this is equivalent to taking a top level view of what you will learn in each Italian lesson and something that will help you set your expectations before you even buy the course. It will also obviously help you make a better informed decision as to whether or not a particular course is right for you. The end result will be saving of your valuable time and money in your journey to learn my beautiful Italian language.
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And speaking of you learning to speak Italian, let me ask you…
Why Do You Want To Learn To Speak Italian?
Better yet, specifically…
- Are you looking to learn Italian for your next trip to Italia?
- Are you looking to learn Italian to connect with your "long lost" Italian relatives?
- Are you looking to learn the Italian language just for the fun of it?
- Have you tried learning Italian from books, listening to Italian audio tapes, taking private Italian lessons but you are still struggling to learn my beautiful Italian language?
- Do you feel that there has to be a better system or method to learn Italian?
- Are you finally ready to truly learn this absolutely beautiful language in less time than you ever thought possible?
Speak Italian Faster Than You Ever Thought Possible…
In creating Learning Italian Like Crazy (LILC), I used a method of reinforcement to help you THINK in Italian. Without a doubt this method/approach separates Learning Italian Like Crazy from the popular courses I made reference to earlier. Many students have emailed me to say “Wow Giovanna, this is really a fun way to learn Italian.” Others have said that my method of teaching Italian is more effective than any other method that they have ever used to learn Italian.
There are foreign language teaching methods (i.e. courses) out there that mistakenly use listening and repetition of phrases as a futile attempt to fluency into a foreign language. From my personal experience in learning other languages and in teaching, that’s one of the most impractical and ineffective ways to learn or teach a foreign language. The monotonous memorization and drilling exercises get old quickly and is often the reason why many people give up learning a foreign language. Phrase memorization and drilling is tedious, boring, and DOES NOT WORK. PERIOD!!!!
No Memorization or Drilling…
Drilling is the automatic repetition of phrases or sentences for memorization purposes. You will not find any phrase memorization or tedious drills in LILC. The goal of each of my lessons is to get you to THINK in Italian, to make it easy, and fun. And you know what? Frankly speaking, I don’t understand why the popular selling courses in the market don’t use this approach to teach you my beautiful language….
Just Put The Puzzle Together….
I always try to give my private students as much advice as I possibly can to help them learn to speak Italian. One that just about every private student hears from me (and that I want you to also take heed to) is to approach learning Italian like you are trying to put a puzzle together… I will give you the pieces and the techniques of how the pieces connect and then you will put the puzzle together all on your own…
Sound Like A Native Italian…
You know from earlier on in this conversation, how important I consider pronunciation to be in speaking Italian. My language is a beautiful language filled with "colorful" sounds, pitches, and tones. When these come together properly, the Italian language makes the speaker sound as though he or she is singing. This very nature of the Italian language is why it is used in Opera singing. The sound is almost heavenly. In fact, try it yourself right now, say the word "Salve a tutti – Hello everyone." Notice the pitch and tone in that very simple phrase.
Well, not only are the pitches and tones what gives Italian the "beautiful" sounds that you hear but also, they are the essential pieces to being understood by a native Italian speaker. In fact, you could be using the correct words and phrases that you may have memorized, but if you don’t use the correct pitch and intonation to express yourself, chances are that a native Italian will have a difficult time understanding you.
With LILC, I ensure that you’ll use the correct pronunciation, pitch, and tone in every word and phrase that you learn…
I believe in this so much, that we purposely used Native college educated linguists from the Northern, Central, and Southern (can you guess who is the Southerner 🙂 part of Italy to record Learning Italian Like Crazy. So you get a complete demographic range of Italian pronunciation, pitch, and tone in Learning Italian Like Crazy…
Make Your Next Trip To Italy More Fun and Exciting….
Whether you are planning a trip to Italy in the near or distant future, you owe it to yourself to fully enjoy Italy to the maximum. You will find that using Learning Italian Like Crazy to learn Italian will make your trip a lot more fun. You will be able to communicate in Italian with confidence.
Imagine yourself traveling to Roma (Rome), Napoli (Naples), Venezia (Venice), Sicilia (Sicily), or any of the other beautiful cities in Italy and not have to utter the words "Non parlo Italiano (I don’t speak Italian)." Instead you interact and communicate fully with every native Italian person you meet. Imagine native Italians at the airport, at the hotel, at the restaurant, at the local negozi (businesses), and every other place you visit speaking to you and you clearly understand what they’re saying. Now image speaking to them using the proper pronunciation, pitch, and tone with every word and phrase that comes out of your mouth.. Of course they will understand you and of course you will enjoy Italy more. This is the way to enjoy beautiful Italia and it’s all thanks to your ability to speak Italian!!!
For Your Italian Relatives…
Your next visit to your "long lost" relatives in Italy will be more enjoyable thanks to your ability to speak Italian. And, if you have children, you may want to pass down the language as a way to keep them connected to their heritage. Your family in Italy will not only be impressed but they will feel pride and joy when they hear you speak the "mother tongue." I can hear your zio Peppe (Uncle Peppe) now saying.. ma, che bravo! (wow, how good!)
For The Language Learning Enthusiast…
You are the type that really enjoys mental gymnastics and learning a new language is your way of staying mentally fit. You recognize that stimulating your brain is just as important as stimulating your muscles with physical exercises. For you, my method of teaching you how to THINK in Italian offers a host of summersaults, back flips, and every other gymnastic routine that your brain craves for. Just make sure to warm up so you don’t pull a mental muscle.
I know that your time and money is very valuable to you and want you to make the best informed decision on Learning Italian Like Crazy. So, I have taken the liberty to give you a lesson by lesson break down of the topics you will learn in my course.
Again, My hope here is that you now have enough information about LILC to make an informed decision as to whether or not it is the right course for you!
By the way, included with your order are some pretty nice bonus gifts as a digital downloads, beginning with…
Giovanna’s 14 Instructional Video Lessons
As you can see from the details below, these video lessons cover some key fundamental aspects of the Italian language.
|The Alphabet, Vowels & Consonants – As I always tell my students, the secret to learning a language is to listen and imitate as correctly as possible to the best of your ability. So you will begin this instructional Bonus Video series by covering the correct pronunciation of the alphabet, vowels, and consonants. These are mayor key building blocks for you to learn Italian and will prove to be invaluable as you progress with the Bonus Videos as well as with the rest of the Learning Italian Like Crazy course.
Oh, I almost forgot to tell you, did you know that in Italian there are 16 Consonants, but only 15 sounds? Wondering why??? Well, go through this first video lesson and you will not only know why but will also master the pronunciation of each sound…
Consonants and Vowels Basic Sound Combinations – This Bonus Video lesson starts you off with a quick review of the Vowels and Consonants you learned in the first video. From here, you will learn how to correctly pronounce the basic combination of Consonants and Vowels.
You will find this lesson to be indispensable in helping you get on a fast track to really learning to speak Italian!
|Difficult Combination Sounds – Okay, now you are really picking up steam… In Bonus Video number 3, you will master the correct pronunciation and pitch of some of the most difficult Italian language sounds. Here is a small sample of the sounds that you will master with this Bonus Video lesson:
You may ask yourself, what good is learning how to correctly pronounce the sounds if you don’t know any words to use with them??? Well, don’t worry about that, I’ve got that covered. You see, I actually took this lesson from one of my very successful personal language training sessions and converted it into a video. So the approach to teach you how to pronounce these difficult sounds has been "battle tested :-)"
And of course, I’ve included many words that utilize these sounds. You will definitely learn how to pronounce these difficult Italian language sound combinations and pick-up lots of new vocabulary words.
|Greetings – In this bonus video lesson, you will learn the formal and informal greetings beginning with the salutation "Salve a tutti," which means hello everyone.
As with everything that you will learn with my courses, the emphasis in this video lesson is on proper pronunciation and proper pitch..
|Meet and Greet – Now that you’ve covered some of the most basic greetings in Italian, it is time to move on to learning "meet and greet" types of expressions.
You will learn the proper pronunciation of phrases such as "Come Stai" (which means "how are you") and " Sto’ bene" (which means " I am fine"), in addition to several other key and vital "meet and greet" type of phrases.
|Let’s Go to Some Italian Places – Up to this point in the free bonus video lessons, you’ve learned the proper pronunciation and pitch of the Italian alphabet, Italian vowels and consonants, basic and difficult Italian sound combinations, and some "meet and greet" Italian phrases and expressions.
Now, it’s only logical that we start travelling around Italy. So, in this bonus video lesson, we will explore Italy and go to places such as:
this is just a small sample of the dozens of places you will go to with this bonus video lesson…
|Body Parts – Don’t worry, this will not be as difficult as your high school or college anatomy class. With this Bonus video lesson, you will learn the proper pronunciation and pitch for some of the most common body parts such as eye, nose, ears, thighs, wrist, knee, ankle, mustache (wait a minute… Is mustache, a body part?, oh well. You’ll learn to say mustache in Italian in any way…)|
|More Body Parts – Again no nightmares here… but there are many parts to the body to cover. Actually, did you know there are 27 bones in the hand alone? And that it takes 14 muscles to make a funny face? Honestly, I did not know that either 🙂… But I did hear it in one of my kids educational DVD movies. So I can neither confirm or deny whether there truly are 27 bones in hand and that it takes 14 muscles to make funny face :-).
Anyway, you get the point here, with this video you will learn the proper Italian pronunciation and pitch for more body parts including hands, fingers, and face.
|Prepositions – Okay Giovanna, time to get serious now… Actually, you may find this lesson a bit boring. Sorry about that. Mi Dispiace (excuse me). But you will learn the proper pronunciation for these little but very important words called in Italian "Preposizioni articolate" (Prepositions). they are the simple prepositions such as "of," "from," "by," etc. plus the article, which in Italian, can be stated in eight different ways depending on the gender (masculine or feminine), the number (singular plural) of the word. (Joel, "they refer to") They referred to, or even if the word starts with a vowel or consonant. I warned you that this would be boring and even asked you to excuse me.
Glad that’s over…
|Directions – This bonus video lesson reinforces the name of the places that you travelled to in bonus Video Lesson number 6. You will learn how to ask directions to get to these places.|
|Months and Days of the year – this video lesson is pretty much self-explanatory… you will learn the correct Italian pronunciation of the months and days of the year.|
|Numbers – Now it’s time to begin counting with the proper pronunciation in Italian. In this free bonus video lesson you will learn how to count up to 20.|
|More Numbers – Okay, now that you know how to count (and more importantly correctly pronounce) up to 20, let’s cover all of the numbers up to 100.|
When Words – Your bonus Video lessons end with a complete lesson on what I like to call "When Words." It is also a good wrap up a lesson where I ask you to review all of the material that you’ve learned so far in this bonus video series. Here you will perform several exercises where I will randomly say a word, and you will give me an answer. I will then give you the answer in Italian. So that you can verify whether you answered correctly or not.
The More You Give The More You Get In Return..
Some people have suggested that I package "Giovanna’s 14 Instructional Video Lessons" into a course and actually sell it for $49 plus. But you know what, there’s more to life than money. I am also a firm believer in that when you give you get more in return.
More bonus gifts…
Foreign Service Institute’s Programmatic Italian Level 1
The guys at Learning Like Crazy, Inc. have been selling the Foreign Service Institute’s Programmatic Italian Level 1 course for several years now. I reviewed FSI Programmatic Level 1 and believe that there is absolutely something for you to gain by using this Italian course. However, in the interest of keeping this page at a manageable size, I will not provide you with a break down of each lesson.
But, I will be 100% honest with you! In my research of the reviews of the FSI language learning method, I have found that there are two camps out there. There is a camp that absolutely loves the FSI method and have paid as much as $200 for the exact same course that you are getting as a free bonus gift.
And then, there is the other camp that feels the teaching method is outdated and ineffective. These people think that the course is not even worth $.10.
There is really no way for me to know which of these two camps you fall into. In fact, unless you tried the FSI programmatic Italian level 1 course you probably don’t know where you stand either. And it’s mainly because of this reason, why I ask them to let me included as a Free Bonus for anyone that buys Learning Italian Like Crazy. I don’t know how long they are going to let me offer it, but it is safe to say that if you are reading these words, it is still available Free.
By the way I’m going here on the assumption that you know all about the foreign service Institute. If you don’t, here is a brief quote from the US State Department’s web site "The Foreign Service Institute (FSI) is the Federal Government’s primary training institution for officers and support personnel of the U.S. foreign affairs community, preparing American diplomats and other professionals to advance U.S. foreign affairs interests overseas and in Washington."
Basically, this US Government department created a language learning method and courses to teach foreign officers, support personnel, and diplomats how to speak specific languages. Learning Like Crazy, Inc. acquired the rights to "re-master" and package this course as one of their own and it is how and why I can make it available to you in this offer.
Anyway, I will only give you the 10,000 foot view of what is in the FSI Programmatic Italian One:
- Over 17 Hours of recorded Italian To Help You master Italian.
- The same course that the U.S. Government has used for decades to teach diplomats and other key government personnel that have to quickly learn how to speak Italian fluently.
- Native Italian speakers in all of the Lessons to continue to reinforce the pronunciation, pitch, and tone that I teach you with Learning Italian Like Crazy.
The complete course textbook in PDF format so that you can conveniently take the course "textbook" with you wherever you go either on a disk or on your laptop
- A complete Digital re-mastered version of the original FSI Programmatic Italianto give you the best sound quality possible.
- Exact same guarantee that comes with Learning Italian Like Crazy.
More Learning Italian Bonus Material For You…..
I was also able to secure a free copy of the FSI Italian FAST Course for you.
This course comes from the same U.S. Agency. And I have found several sites selling it. The prices range from $75 (for the MP3) version and $199 for the CD version.
Foreign Service Institute’s Italian FAST Course
Here’s an excerpt of what I found on the FSI FAST Italian Course
"The Italian Familiarization and Short-term Training Course (FAST) consists of thirty lessons that have been prepared with accompanying audio recordings. The Italian FAST course is designed as a survival language course with emphasis on developing the necessary language skills to handle the most frequent situations encountered while traveling in Italy. Instead of a structured, grammatically-sequenced set of lessons, the course stresses communication in everyday practical situations. From social encounters to the workplace."
So What Is The Investment Of Time And Money That You Will Have To Make?
At minimal, you will have to invest an average of 30 minutes per day for the next 30 days to complete my course. Add another 3 hours and will complete my bonus videos.As far as the FSI Material, plan on spending a total of 27 hours covering the material to complete both courses.
Now, from a cost perspective…
|Learning Italian Like Crazy|
|Giovanna’s Instructional Video Lessons|
|Foreign Service Institute’s Programmatic Italian Level 1|
|Foreign Service Institute’s Italian FAST Course|
|Your Actual Cost||$99.95|
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