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Complete Italian is a unique multimedia program that takes you beginner to advanced level in one convenient package.
 
At the core of Complete Italian is the Living Language Method™, based on linguistic science, proven techniques, and over 65 years of experience. Our method teaches you the whole language, so you can express yourself, not just recite memorized words or scripts.
 
Millions have learned with Living Language®. Now it’s your turn.
 

   •  3 Books: 46 lessons, additional review exercises, culture notes, an extensive glossary, and a grammar summary—plus a bonus notebook
   •  9 Audio CDs*: Vocabulary, dialogues, audio exercises, and more—listen while using the books or use for review on the go
   •  Free Online Learning: Flashcards, games, and interactive quizzes for each lesson at www.livinglanguage.com/languagelab

* Access to downloadable audio also available with purchase.
 

To learn more visit livinglanguage.com.
 
 

The Living Language Method™

 
Build a Foundation
Start speaking Italian immediately using essential words and phrases.
 
Progress with Confidence
Build on each lesson as you advance to full sentences, then actual conversations.
 
Retain what You’ve Learned
Special recall exercises move your new language from short-term to long-term memory.
 
Achieve Your Goals
Don’t just mimic or memorize. Develop practical language skills to speak in any situation.

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Living Language has been a proven and effective language learning instruction for over 65 years. Using techniques originally developed for the US State Department, the Living Language Method follows a four point approach from building a foundation of essential words and phrases, advancing to full sentences and conversations, practicing with recall exercises aimed at both short and long term memory and developing practical language skills to equip the learner in any situation. Living Language is an imprint of Random House LLC, a Penguin Random House Company.

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Salem Buckeye
5.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
Here is why the bad reviews are wrong.
Reviewed in the United States on June 27, 2020
Italian is becoming my third language and I must say, living language is amazing. Here is why all the less than 5 star reviews are wrong: if you read the negative reviews, these people are saying it went to fast and they couldn''t learn the language when listening... See more
Italian is becoming my third language and I must say, living language is amazing. Here is why all the less than 5 star reviews are wrong:

if you read the negative reviews, these people are saying it went to fast and they couldn''t learn the language when listening to the CD''s. This is because this course was not created to be learned by audio only. It is the combination of the audio while reading the book AT THE SAME TIME that makes it work. Everything is spoken that you read in the book. You cannot have one without the other, they are intended to be used together. The people who are giving this low stars are too lazy to pick up the book and read and thought they could get away with just listening to the audio. If you want an audio only learning approach, living language is not for you. They didn''t just create the textbook to be thrown away. In my opinion, learning with multiple senses (sight and hearing) is going to give you the best results and if you use living language like it is intended, it does a fantastic job. Living language was recommended to me by a client who was a polyglot. She spoke 9 languages fluently and 5 languages partially. Her father was a translator and spoke 13 languages fluently. She said this was the best program to use for learning a language and I think she is right (I''ve used multiple and this is the best in my opinion).
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Jabbah
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These books clearly explain grammar rules but I think the best thing is that they pair those rules up with ...
Reviewed in the United States on December 18, 2017
I purchased this set of books and let it sit on my bookshelf for about a year before finally cracking it open. Six months later I can have conversations with native speakers with confidence. These books clearly explain grammar rules but I think the best thing is that they... See more
I purchased this set of books and let it sit on my bookshelf for about a year before finally cracking it open. Six months later I can have conversations with native speakers with confidence. These books clearly explain grammar rules but I think the best thing is that they pair those rules up with practical exercises and listening activities. Honestly, I can''t believe I spent so little money and feel confident to speak the language in such a short time.

For your reference, one of my language exchange partners is an Italian teacher and he was blown away the first time we talked becasue he said my grammar, vocabulary, and pronunciation is amazing and he wants to start using these books with his students becasue of it. Trust me, spend the $28 and start using the material to practice a little bit every day. You won''t regret it.
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somedudeinflorida
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I really like their approach
Reviewed in the United States on March 2, 2017
I like the format. The books follow along with the audio (mostly--more on that later). The book has additional items to practice for each lesson. I have purchased several other Italian language CDs--some have books to follow along with and some don''t. I like having the... See more
I like the format. The books follow along with the audio (mostly--more on that later). The book has additional items to practice for each lesson. I have purchased several other Italian language CDs--some have books to follow along with and some don''t. I like having the book so you can see it while you''re hearing it (aids retention). Once you''ve gone through them once they would be great for the car. I really like the way they structure the lessons. They usually start with some vocabulary and they build on that vocabulary throughout the lesson by combining it with some grammar so you can start building sentences and by the end of the lesson they have a dialogue using what you learned in that lesson. I purchased Rosetta Stone for French many years ago and I prefer this style of learning hands-down.

Some of the lessons in the book have you go through content before listening to the audio track for additional practice. At first, I thought this was a defect until I realized that was by design.

I have only completed the first part (Essential) but am very pleased with this product and would recommend it for anyone. In fact, I already purchased another copy for someone else who is going to Italy this summer.
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Ladi
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The best method to learn a foreign language
Reviewed in the United States on March 25, 2013
English is my second language, and I am not a big fan of leaving feedback, since my English writing is poor. However, I decided to leave this feedback since Living Language really has to be appreciated for their great method of teaching, their great service and their great... See more
English is my second language, and I am not a big fan of leaving feedback, since my English writing is poor. However, I decided to leave this feedback since Living Language really has to be appreciated for their great method of teaching, their great service and their great price that is very affordable. It has been a while that I am trying to learn Italian language, I tried Rosseta Stones, Pimsleur, and also I experienced having a private italian teacher. I am so pleased with the Living Language methods of teaching, and I highly recommended. The CD''s guide you step by step through all the exercises in the book, and it explains you all the grammar''s exceptional that there are in Italian language. Good luck.
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Lane
3.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
It''s okay but has its moments
Reviewed in the United States on July 17, 2019
I am using this to get ready for a trip to Italy. I''m not looking to become fluent, I just want to be able to politely ask directions, order food, and read signs so I feel more aware of what''s going on around me. The lessons are fairly good, but they don''t always allow... See more
I am using this to get ready for a trip to Italy. I''m not looking to become fluent, I just want to be able to politely ask directions, order food, and read signs so I feel more aware of what''s going on around me. The lessons are fairly good, but they don''t always allow time to repeat the phrase on the audio portion. They also have this really strange way of presenting verb conjugations. I''ve worked through the first 7 units, and I''ve learned most of what I was hoping to, although some of it took some effort to figure out what they were trying to teach, as the audio and the book don''t always mesh. I''ve really liked Learning Italian for Travel on Youtube, but it wasn''t quite enough by itself for me.
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C Savid
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Too fast for beginners
Reviewed in the United States on January 18, 2019
I bought this course for a friend and she said that they were going too fast for her to follow. I listened to the first course and I agree, they need to start slow for absolute beginners. Give the brain some time to get accustomed to the basics. Instead I got her... See more
I bought this course for a friend and she said that they were going too fast for her to follow. I listened to the first course and I agree, they need to start slow for absolute beginners. Give the brain some time to get accustomed to the basics.

Instead I got her the Pimsleur Italian course using credit from my Audible subscription, and she loves it. Just the right pace. It does eventually speed once you get the basics down.
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Steve O
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Tried to listen to these while driving on a long trip - I think they assume we learn faster than we do - we retained very little
Reviewed in the United States on May 31, 2018
We tried to listen to the CDs while driving, but found that we were constantly "rewinding" to go back - things they assumed we had now learned, we really had not - it''s as if they moved on too fast before we learned much. Maybe we''re just slow, but we found that... See more
We tried to listen to the CDs while driving, but found that we were constantly "rewinding" to go back - things they assumed we had now learned, we really had not - it''s as if they moved on too fast before we learned much. Maybe we''re just slow, but we found that you really can''t pay attention to what they are saying when you are driving (at least I couldn''t). In the end, we put this product away and enjoyed the rest of the trip without even finishing the first CD. Now we''re going to Italy without really knowing anything, and we bought some pocket translate books that we will hopefully be able to use "on the fly".
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JMick
3.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
Give it a B-
Reviewed in the United States on November 17, 2020
After relying upon the superb Living Language series for German, I was unfortunately surprised and became disappointed with its Italian version. Yes, I have listened to the CDs as well as laboriously studied the books. But, there are glaring issues: 1) the book fails to... See more
After relying upon the superb Living Language series for German, I was unfortunately surprised and became disappointed with its Italian version. Yes, I have listened to the CDs as well as laboriously studied the books. But, there are glaring issues: 1) the book fails to provide infinitive forms. Since conjugation is critical for proper speech, it is sad that, unlike other series, it fails to present them in the chapters (and, at times, fails to even list them in the slight vocabulary in the back); 2) in trying to mimic the language apps (which I have used), the books start with phrases which provide words BEFORE you have ever learned them. Thus, like a parrot, you are supposed to learn (and be quizzed on) “I work from Monday through Thursday” or “He always travels by train” BEFORE you are given any vocabulary...they even have tests on the sentences before you are given the infinitive forms of words, or have the conjugation of words explained. Thus, it joins the “learn to speak like a parrot” systems and you squawk before you have learned the words or why they appear in that form. Also, as others have noted, the CDs often speak too quickly for neophytes. Again, the German version was much better than this Italian version. It gets a B- grade at best.
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Jane Burgess
5.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
Excellent, well structured Italian course
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on February 20, 2020
This course is very well structured and great for beginners and intermediate learners. It covers essential grammar and vocab and at the end of each Chapter brings it all together so that you can make and say a simple sentence. It also tells you how to pronounce new words...See more
This course is very well structured and great for beginners and intermediate learners. It covers essential grammar and vocab and at the end of each Chapter brings it all together so that you can make and say a simple sentence. It also tells you how to pronounce new words (avere - ah-VEH-reh) and where to put the stress which is a help if you are learning without a teacher. The 9 Cd''s are good because you can hear the Italian pronounciation. It is not illustrated with photos or pictures but it is very well ordered. I would reommend it to anyone in the early stages of learning Italian. There are also online flashcards and games to access online - see back of box for address.
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B. Fields
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A very logical enjoyable course which ensures retention with well planned repetition and exercises.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on February 9, 2020
A very logical step by step course for learning Italian. Every step is reinforced by exercises and repetition. After a while the way of phrasing the language starts to sink in. The gradual build up of vocabulary is well done and remembering these new words is helped by...See more
A very logical step by step course for learning Italian. Every step is reinforced by exercises and repetition. After a while the way of phrasing the language starts to sink in. The gradual build up of vocabulary is well done and remembering these new words is helped by continual use of them. The pronunciation is made clear with the discs. I feel it is good value with three books and 9 cds. Above all, as it is enjoyable to use, it encourages making an effort to keep going.
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Close Range.
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It takes time, but well worth the effort.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on April 30, 2021
It has been 4 months since I started the Living Language Italian course, and it is well-worth it so far. It was intimidating to open up the set of all 3 courses in Italian, but the best approach for myself was to take it at my own pace, and not move ahead until having...See more
It has been 4 months since I started the Living Language Italian course, and it is well-worth it so far. It was intimidating to open up the set of all 3 courses in Italian, but the best approach for myself was to take it at my own pace, and not move ahead until having mastered each lesson. Forget the "Italian in 6 weeks" type of approach, and go at a pace that suits you. The books compliment the CDs perfectly, and the voices are pleasant, even after repeated listening. I can already pick up phrases in Italian movies. Early days yet, but with much perseverance and effort, this could be the best move I ever made to learn Italian.
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Liz
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Lovely and clear.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on August 28, 2018
Lovely and clear. It takes you through the language very slowly but this allows you to fully remember each section
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Diana Fernandez
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Just got to love it
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on April 23, 2013
this is a set of three book from essential ,intermediate, and advance so comes with 9 audio Cd''s three Cd''s for each book. so the books are very easy to follow,they have grammar explanation which i find really useful if you want to clear some grammar difficulties,these...See more
this is a set of three book from essential ,intermediate, and advance so comes with 9 audio Cd''s three Cd''s for each book. so the books are very easy to follow,they have grammar explanation which i find really useful if you want to clear some grammar difficulties,these books are for totally beginners so they work on each words on the audio we got the English speaker and the Italian,so you got the English word and then the translation into Italian and then is a blank space on the audio that you can repeat after the Italian speaker so you can practice your pronunciation ,which i find really helpful, even the books comes with the phonetic of every word..so they work word by word so you can have a clear picture of the Italian sound. i do not recommend the book for advance student ,i can even recommend for intermediate student so you can "refresh" your Italian,but i do recommend definitely for beginner. it''s a good value to start with. even i know it can have too much English on the audio...but if you drive your car or go by bus ,so you will not need the book in front of you because the English speaker can explain a little grammar on the audio,but her voice it''s not that annoying which i enjoy to listen to both the English and Italian
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Living Language Italian, discount Complete Edition: Beginner outlet online sale through advanced course, including 3 coursebooks, 9 audio CDs, and free online learning online sale

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