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Author name: Anca

Anca is a freelance writer from Romania. She speaks English, Romanian, French, Hungarian, and Italian.

An Honest Review of News in Slow Italian With Image of Italian Beach City

News in Slow Italian Review – Lots of Fun!

News in Slow Italian

Rating 4.5

Summary

News in Slow Italian is an excellent learning resource; it’s very comprehensive and offers all the necessary tools to be able to practice all the aspects of the language. It’s also one of the most fun and original language learning tools I’ve seen and manages to be so without sacrificing on quality. This program is helpful for anyone who wants to learn Italian.


Quality 4.5

They really thought of everything when creating this program – audio lessons, PDF files, exercises, grammar and expressions catalogs, podcasts.

Thoroughness 4.5

Clear and explanatory grammar lessons, expressions and idioms included in every lesson, lots of vocabulary to practice and plenty of information to help you become fluent.

Value 4.5

News in Slow Italian is a great learning resource and students of all levels should try it.

I Like
  • Comprehensive information in every lesson with various levels to fit different abilities
  • Downloadable materials
  • One of the few resources that really is fun to use
I Don’t Like
  • Conversations are a bit too fast sometimes
Price

7-day free trial, then $19.90/month. You also have the option to prepay for any amount of months at a time, which doesn’t change the monthly price.

News in Slow Italian is a brilliant learning resource that offers students of all levels a great opportunity to improve their Italian. The lessons are very thorough, containing a lot of information with plenty of explanations and cultural details.

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Rocket Italian Review – Better Than Expected

Rocket Italian

Rating 3.8

Summary

Rocket Italian is a good, comprehensive and easy-to-use course that’s ideal for beginners and lower-intermediate students. It’s an independent learning resource that can definitely teach you how to speak and write Italian on its own.


Quality 4.0

A well-designed and user-friendly platform with solid materials.

Thoroughness 4.0

There are lots of extra materials included in each lesson, but they’re too repetitive.

Value 3.5

It’s not cheap, but it’s still affordable for most.

I Like
  • The logical and clear structure of the modules and the lessons
  • Downloadable materials
  • Plenty of exercises and explanations
  • It’s easy to keep track of your progress and check how good you are compared to other students
I Don’t Like
  • Sometimes the recording feature doesn’t work
  • The exercises are very repetitive
  • The lessons are on the more boring side of things
Price

For a one-off payment, Level 1 costs $99.95, Levels 1&2 cost $249.90 and all three courses purchased as a package are $259.90.

Rocket Languages has been given lots of awards, and many claim that it’s the best way to learn Italian.

But do these awards mean anything, and should we trust them?

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An Honest Review of Italianpod101 With Image of Italian City

ItalianPod101 Review – Solid But Has Room For Improvement

ItalianPod101

Rating 3.5

Summary

This online tool is useful for people who already have a basis in Italian. It can be a great way to improve vocabulary and pronunciation, but beginners might want to look for alternative resources when it comes to learning grammar and the basics. ItalianPod101 comes in handy as a complementary tool to a more structured learning plan.


Quality 3.5

The platform is easy to use and well designed, but the structure of the modules is not the best.

Thoroughness 3.5

It covers vocabulary and pronunciation in depth, grammar less so. There are no exercises aside from a vocabulary quiz.

Value 3.5

It’s useful, but there are better resources out there for the money.

I Like
  • Plenty of audio files to practice pronunciation and comprehension
  • Downloadable materials
  • Thematic conversations and vocabulary structure
  • Cultural elements explained in every lesson
I Don’t Like
  • Lack of exercises
  • Not a sufficient stand-alone resource for beginners
  • Less than logical lesson progression
  • Lots of unnecessary talking in English at lower levels
Price

Free trial for 7 days. If you pay for one month at a time, the Basic plan costs $8/month, the Premium plan costs $25/month, and the Premium+ plan costs $47/month. There are varying durations with lower prices for longer commitments which extend up to two years.

Use the promo code “ALLLANGUAGERESOURCES” to save 25% on a subscription to ItalianPod101.

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ItalianPod101 – A Podcast-Style Italian Course

ItalianPod101 is a user-friendly online platform that can help you improve your Italian – emphasis on improve.

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An Honest Review of LearnItalian Pod with Image of Ocean and Beach

LearnItalianPod Review – Stay Away Unless You Like Being Frustrated

LearnItalianPod

Rating 2.2

Summary

LearnItalianPod isn’t a good resource in my opinion. There are some fun supplementary lessons, but I found the basic learning paths to be insufficient in all sorts of ways for someone who’s trying to learn Italian.


Quality 2.5

It’s a very limited tool. It can help you drill some phrases and useful expressions but, in my experience, you won’t learn to create your own sentences and speak.

Thoroughness 2.0

New structures and grammar units appear only in examples. There are virtually no explanations or rules. Apart from repetitions, there’s no practice.

Value 2.0

The tool isn’t expensive but I don’t think it’s worth the cost.

I Like
  • The website is easy to use and has a pretty design with colors of the Italian flag.
  • Additional lessons contain some really useful vocabulary and facts about Italy.
I Don’t Like
  • I really disliked the recorded lessons. The hosts speak excessively slow, especially at the beginner level, and I found the repetitions tedious.
  • There are almost no explanations of grammar concepts, which I found confusing and discouraging. I thought the provided practice was very limited.
  • The tool doesn’t remember your level so you have to choose your language path every time you log in.
  • The order of content doesn’t seem well thought out.
Price

LearnItalianPod has only one subscription plan. Their VIP membership can be purchased on a monthly basis at $14.95 per month or for the whole year at $149.50.

For this writer, Learn Italian Pod isn’t sufficient as a primary resource

After my previous experience with a podcast based tool, ItalianPod101, I was immediately suspicious of LearnItalianPod. My worry was that there would be almost no grammar and exercises aimed at language production.

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