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I finished studied Fluenz Italian 1-2-3 last month and just had a day layover in Rome after a long trip in Africa. Well again thanks a lot Fluenz for teaching me enough so that I could buy metro train and tickets, order meals, ask for directions and much more! I made a few mistakes, mostly because I was mixing Spanish and Italian, with small words like molto/mucho, and numbers (quatorce/quatordici) but overall I felt pretty confident and my knowledge of French and Spanish definitely made comprehension very easy. I can't wait to start Fluenz Italian 4!

I finished studied Fluenz Italian 1-2-3 last month and just had a day layover in Rome after a long trip in Africa. Well again thanks a lot Fluenz for teaching me enough so that I could buy metro train and tickets, order meals, ask for directions and much more! I made a few mistakes, mostly because I was mixing Spanish and Italian, with small words like molto/mucho, and numbers (quatorce/quatordici) but overall I felt pretty confident and my knowledge of French and Spanish definitely made comprehension very easy. I can't wait to start Fluenz Italian 4!

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For anyone in NY City this weekend there is HD Opera shown nightly at 8PM in Lincoln Center plaza. I'm especially looking forward to Monday when Madame Butterfly will be shown. Of the 5 or so arias I've attempted to memorize "Un bel di, vedremo" is in the top 2 for ease of learning to the point of hearing it without the need for translation. https://www.metopera.org/season/summer-2018/summer-hd-festival/

For anyone in NY City this weekend there is HD Opera shown nightly at 8PM in Lincoln Center plaza. I'm especially looking forward to Monday when Madame Butterfly will be shown. Of the 5 or so arias I've attempted to memorize "Un bel di, vedremo" is in the top 2 for ease of learning to the point of hearing it without the need for translation. https://www.metopera.org/season/summer-2018/summer-hd-festival/

Hi everyone, I'm looking for recommendations for the best Italian Immersion Programs here in the USA or preferably in Italy for 4 weeks or so. Thanks so much. Bobby

Hi everyone,

I'm looking for recommendations for the best Italian Immersion Programs here in the USA or preferably in Italy for 4 weeks or so.

Thanks so much. Bobby

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I have used several language programs to study Italian, including Fluenz. Fluenz is helpful but it is the only program that I used that does not even touch on the subjunctive (both Pimsleur - my favorite - and even Rosetta Stone do at level 5). Granted, you can get through a trip to Italy without il congiuntivo but it's virtually impossible to progress towards fluency or to understand spoken Italian well without it. Forse non ci sia abbastanza domanda per un livello sei, ma se ce ne fosse uno, vorrei comprarlo.

I have used several language programs to study Italian, including Fluenz. Fluenz is helpful but it is the only program that I used that does not even touch on the subjunctive (both Pimsleur - my favorite - and even Rosetta Stone do at level 5). Granted, you can get through a trip to Italy without il congiuntivo but it's virtually impossible to progress towards fluency or to understand spoken Italian well without it. Forse non ci sia abbastanza domanda per un livello sei, ma se ce ne fosse uno, vorrei comprarlo.

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Oggi ho finito Fluenz 5. Cinque mesi fa ho cominciato quest'avventura con Fluenz e sono molto felice di aver finito tutto il programma. Vorrei ringraziare a Manila e a Sonia per tutto quello che loro hanno fatto per l'italiano. Spero un giorno sia possibile avere "Fluenz Immersion" in Italia. Grazie a tutti!

Oggi ho finito Fluenz 5. Cinque mesi fa ho cominciato quest'avventura con Fluenz e sono molto felice di aver finito tutto il programma. Vorrei ringraziare a Manila e a Sonia per tutto quello che loro hanno fatto per l'italiano. Spero un giorno sia possibile avere "Fluenz Immersion" in Italia. Grazie a tutti!

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I would like to know what others do, or what Fluenz recommends. Should we need to complete a lesson 100% correct before moving on? I am currently in Section 4, lesson 9. While I get most of the lessons, I still make mistakes. I don't know whether to continue on or stay with the lesson and practice longer until it is perfect. Just curious about others. Thank you!

I would like to know what others do, or what Fluenz recommends. Should we need to complete a lesson 100% correct before moving on? I am currently in Section 4, lesson 9. While I get most of the lessons, I still make mistakes. I don't know whether to continue on or stay with the lesson and practice longer until it is perfect. Just curious about others.
Thank you!

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Does anyone have suggestions for Italian movies or shows they love to watch or think is helpful when learning a language? Thanks in advance!

Does anyone have suggestions for Italian movies or shows they love to watch or think is helpful when learning a language? Thanks in advance!

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Just want to pass on a little tip I have been using for clarifying something that I am kind of sure I heard right (i.e., from a native speaker on Rai Italia,from a movie in Italian, etc), but am not absolutely sure about how to write and/or repeat correctly. In addition to making use of Google Translate, I have been doing searches for what I think is close to being it on Google Italia. I often find that Google Italia will, sooner rather than later, provide me with the grammatically correct version of whatever it is I think I have heard, as long as I have enough of the phrase correct. I also use Google Italia in conjunction with Google Translate in order to, more accurately, translate something I want to say in Italian (from English), to help better ensure that whatever comes out of Google Translate (in Italian) is indeed something that Italians might actually say, and not just a literal translation from Google Translate. In my experience, learning something incorrectly can be very hard to undo! An Italian dictionary, which has pronunciation stress marks, has also been beneficial to me in order to prevent my learning, incorrectly, how to pronounce words; something else that can be very hard to undo!!!!

Just want to pass on a little tip I have been using for clarifying something that I am kind of sure I heard right (i.e., from a native speaker on Rai Italia,from a movie in Italian, etc), but am not absolutely sure about how to write and/or repeat correctly. In addition to making use of Google Translate, I have been doing searches for what I think is close to being it on Google Italia. I often find that Google Italia will, sooner rather than later, provide me with the grammatically correct version of whatever it is I think I have heard, as long as I have enough of the phrase correct. I also use Google Italia in conjunction with Google Translate in order to, more accurately, translate something I want to say in Italian (from English), to help better ensure that whatever comes out of Google Translate (in Italian) is indeed something that Italians might actually say, and not just a literal translation from Google Translate. In my experience, learning something incorrectly can be very hard to undo! An Italian dictionary, which has pronunciation stress marks, has also been beneficial to me in order to prevent my learning, incorrectly, how to pronounce words; something else that can be very hard to undo!!!!

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I know what I'm about to say is really nitpicky, but it's been driving me nuts for a while now. HOW many times do I have to hear "How was that?" as the first thing sophia says to me at the end of each session?? It's the same exact question, asked in the same exact way, in the same exact spot each and every session. It's gotten like nails on a chalkboard to me to the point where I just have to skip the conclusion altogether. Every single time it's "How was that?" "How was that?" "How was that?" Arggghhhh! I like Sophia and her manner of speech, but I would love to give whoever wrote her conclusion speeches a punch in the face. Rant over- thank you. P.S. But I really like the rest of the program. 5 stars.

I know what I'm about to say is really nitpicky, but it's been driving me nuts for a while now. HOW many times do I have to hear "How was that?" as the first thing sophia says to me at the end of each session?? It's the same exact question, asked in the same exact way, in the same exact spot each and every session. It's gotten like nails on a chalkboard to me to the point where I just have to skip the conclusion altogether. Every single time it's "How was that?" "How was that?" "How was that?" Arggghhhh! I like Sophia and her manner of speech, but I would love to give whoever wrote her conclusion speeches a punch in the face. Rant over- thank you.

P.S. But I really like the rest of the program. 5 stars.

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I would appreciate any advice for learning Italian on our own with Fluenz Italian 1-5. We are going to cooking classes in Italy in September, and figure I have time for perhaps 2 levels (60 lessons). What are reasonable goals? Did you use outside books to aid you. I/we are grammar nuts too, but I hope this does not get in the way. When your interest waned, how did you get back on track. What areas of the language do you/did you find difficult. My wife and I are starting this now, and have strong backgrounds in German and Russian. I would appreciates any tips. zig

I would appreciate any advice for learning Italian on our own with Fluenz Italian 1-5. We are going to cooking classes in Italy in September, and figure I have time for perhaps 2 levels (60 lessons).

What are reasonable goals?
Did you use outside books to aid you. I/we are grammar nuts too, but I hope this does not get in the way.
When your interest waned, how did you get back on track.
What areas of the language do you/did you find difficult.
My wife and I are starting this now, and have strong backgrounds in German and Russian.
I would appreciates any tips.

zig

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