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    What is an e-course?

    e-Course is short for electronic-course. It is a digital version of an "old school" course, that comprised printed books, CDs (or tapes) and workbooks.

    Our courses are downloadable from a link that will be sent to you by email after you have purchased the e-Course. You can download the whole e-Course in a few minutes. The advantage of an e-Course is that when I update the e-Course, you will be able to download it again, so that you will always have the latest version that is fresh and up-to-date.

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    Fra Amici Beginners is a great start to learning a language, whether for students or travellers. I learned just what I needed for my trip and before we left I was able to send a few emails in basic Italian to book accommodation. the ability to communicate made a huge difference to our enjoyment of the entire Sicilian experience ~ Yvonne M.

    Once in Sicily my husband was impressed with my willingness to take the lead. Where normally I would hang back and let him do the talking, I was approaching railway ticket offices with confidence to purchase tickets and ordering our food and drinks in bars and restaurants.

    I had always had a hankering to learn Italian. I had visited Italy a few times over the years for holidays and loved the country. In late 2009, my husband and I made plans to visit Sicily in September of the following year and I decided to enrol in an Italian course. Why did I choose Fra Amici? Juliana’s ad in the local paper… caught my eye.

    I enrolled and purchased the downloadable online course.  I downloaded the audio files on to my Zen (like an I Pod) and on to my digital radio. Listening to the dialogues (on CD1 ) while I did the ironing became a regular habit. The dialogues themselves are lively and entertaining. A variety of native speakers helped me to get used to the regional and individual differences encountered in Italy. Being able to follow the written words while listening to the dialogue gave me confidence and trained my ear. As well as the recorded dialogues, Fra Amici Beginners includes the supporting CDs 2 and 3 which encourage listeners to practice speaking.

    The course emphasises conversation skills, with just the right amount of grammar introduced at various strategic points to aid understanding but not overwhelm. References in the Communication coursebook guide you to relevant sections of the Grammar. The Grammar Guide is logically and clearly arranged with extensive use of colour-coding to underscore patterns of word endings etc.

    Fra Amici Beginners includes more than an introduction to the Italian language. The cultural and travel information is invaluable.


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