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Fluenz
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img407.gif (8405 bytes)Fluenz Italian is an interactive program based on a virtual one-on-one tutoring.

The program has been developed by a group of Harvard and Cornell graduates who are passionate language learners and who felt there had to be a better way to learn a language.  The result of their work is ideal for those who seek common sense explanations, sophisticated workouts that lead to real learning, and who thrive on a great teacher to keep them focused and engaged.

On-screen tutor Sonia Gil, a Cornell graduate, guides you throughout the program, blending full motion video explanations in English with a series of highly engaging workouts, helping you to understand and speak Italian. The Fluenz system follows three clear principles:  1) We learn best when we have a teacher. It's often difficult to motivate yourself to learn on your own. By bringing a tutor to the computer,  all concepts are explained in a sensible way and you don't have to tackle Italian all by yourself.  2) If you are an English speaker, it's easier and faster to learn Italian by starting out in English. With Fluenz, every new word and grammar structure is explained in English, from a perspective that will make the most sense to English speakers who are learning Italian.  3) It's best to learn the most relevant words in Italian right away. Fluenz   focuses on the vocabulary needed to learn the language in order to use it in practical, real-world travel and business situations.

 

img404.gif (5052 bytes)Fluenz Italian Level 1
The first level of Fluenz Italian is a comprehensive introduction to the language.  Fluenz Italian is aimed at bringing learners to a level of fluency that will allow them to successfully interact in the most common, real-world situations they will face abroad, while at the same time laying the strongest possible foundation for future study.

In thirty sessions, or the equivalent of two sessions a week during an academic semester, the program covers essential verbs for describing activities, asking questions, expressing desires and needs, and issuing commands in present and future tenses, the ability to correctly form masculine and feminine constructions, the ability to express time and location, how to formulate complex indications when giving directions without making mistakes, and necessary vocabulary for surviving in the Italian-speaking world.

Fluenz Italian Level 2
The second level of Fluenz Italian builds upon the foundations established in the previous level, greatly expanding the learner's range and complexity of expression in such areas as key verbs, sentence formulations in past, present, and future tenses, the ability to ask different kinds of questions and construct answers, how to issue important commands, correctly use prepositions, how to express time, location, and give directions, and necessary vocabulary for surviving in the Italian-speaking world. The second level also covers the use of important articles and object pronouns, reflexive verbs, and comparatives and superlatives.

For English speakers, the complexity of Italian verb conjugations, word order, prepositions, object pronouns, and the infamous passť composť tend to prove especially difficult. Italian 2 therefore spends considerable time on these areas. Even learners who are familiar with the basic vocabulary related to restaurants, shopping, transportation, and general location issues will find the work in these specific grammatical areas to be extremely helpful for properly constructing Italian sentences.

You can choose to buy Fluenz Italian Level 1 or 2 or a package with the 2 levels.

Fluenz Italian 1+2 contains:

  • 2 DVD-ROMs with the Fluenz Italian 1+2 software. These DVD-ROMs will run on either G4 / Intel Macs or Windows XP / Vista depending on the version you purchase.
  • 2 CD-ROMs with audio exercises that can be played on a stereo, in your car, or copied to an iPod or other MP3 player. These audio exercises supplement the DVD-ROM sessions.
  • A Fluenz Navigator booklet that contains key survival words and phrases from Fluenz Italian 1.
  • A Fluenz brochure.
  • An instruction and trouble-shooting User's Guide for the Fluenz Italian 1+2 application.


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