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    « I would highly recommend the course to anyone interested in starting or expanding their Italian language skills and looking to spend time in Italy. Juliana's knowledge and patience in teaching is indeed creative and professional, making the learning process very comfortable. You will find your confidence and understanding improving from lesson to lesson ~ Anthony B. | Main | I've had a wonderful experience. Grazie mille, Juliana ~ Margaret M. »
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    I would recommend Fra Amici 2 to any adult learner who is serious about learning Italian but who wants to have serious fun along the way ~ Yvonne M.

    The decision to sign up for Fra Amici 2 was a relatively easy one for me.  I had already completed the Fra Amici Beginners Italian Course for Students and Travellers and knew what to expect.  What I learned from the first course was sufficient to have me communicating in basic travellers’ Italian during a trip to Sicily in 2010.  But now I wanted more.  Now I wanted to really learn to speak Italian.  I knew that Fra Amici 2 would give me more of what I wanted from a language course and I was not disappointed.  These are some of my favourite features:

    • Its comprehensive coverage.  Almost everything you’d ever want to know in Italian is covered.  A substantial Vocabulary Guide arranged into themes, includes topics as diverse as The Environment and Climate Change and the vocab of email and chat rooms.
    • The sheer volume of content is daunting but the materials are well organised. Consistent numbering systems and use of colour text and layout helps to guide you to the sections you want.
    • I love the scenes from real life in the Communication Modules.  With audio recordings using a variety of native speakers, the interactions between people  are contemporary and relevant. You can see yourself going shopping, hiring a car or visiting a doctor.
    • Fra Amici 2 is not a dry course.  There is humour in the written scenes from life and in the witty and charming cartoon illustrations.  Characters are well drawn and we come to know their aspirations and idiosyncrasies. Who doesn’t want to know more about Il Signor James Vitale, the Australian businessman still searching for his donna ideale?  or the lives of Luigi Parini, his wife, Anna and bambino, Pierino?  Will the young honeymooners’ marriage last?  And is that crazy taxi driver still ranting at everyone on the street?
    • The fictional scenarios are fun but what really sets Fra Amici 2 apart, and is perhaps my favourite feature, is the inclusion of audio and transcribed interviews conducted by Juliana with authentic native speakers of Italian, both in Italy and here in Australia.  The interviews cover a variety of topics of interest, including food, sport, differences between Australia and Italy, family, work, fashion and the lives of young Italians.  Speakers give their opinions on issues such as whether fashion has a negative or positive impact on young women and the importance of the “Made in Italy” label.  The comprehension exercises and other suggested activities based on the interviews hold genuine interest and instil confidence that one is building relevant language skills and vocabulary.
    • Cultural, travel and tourism “extras” really enhance Fra Amici 2.  Most of us want to go to Italy and Juliana’s thoughtful inclusion of photos, maps and authentic (up to date) documents really appeals.  How reassuring to be able to study a ticket or timetable for the train from Genova to La Spezia and know that when we get to Italy we will be able to understand it.  When you’re feeling tired and lazy, you can always look at the pictures and dream of future travels.
    •  Grammar is explained simply and clearly with lots of examples given to demonstrate the rule or pattern.  Juliana uses colour-coding to highlight the patterns on the page, e.g. red for feminine, blue for masculine and green for masculine/feminine; and signature colours for 1st,  2ndand 3rd persons.  The introduction of memory aids is very helpful; for example, using the letter Q to illustrate uses of the Perfect and Imperfect Tenses (as on page 2 of Guida Alla Grammatica G13-2).  That Q always come to mind now.
    • Flexibility.  Sometimes as adults with busy lives we get sidetracked and the luxury of spending time learning a language eludes us.  This course can cope with that.  It allows you to go at your own pace and, if you have to drop it for a while, to pick up where you left off, or revisit earlier sections until confidence returns.  I missed the first three weeks of the course and on my return knew exactly what I had missed and where to find it.
    • Though ideal for the independent learner, Fra Amici 2 also caters really well for teachers to use with classes of Years 11 and 12.  Juliana has made sure contents are relevant and appealing to teenagers, for example by including topics such as study, fashion and dating.  In my Fra Amici 2 class, ages range from 15/16 years of age to our oldest classmate who is 82.
    •  Fra Amici 2 is packed with worksheets and activities. I like being able to really practice a point of learning and to test myself.  Worksheets are thoughtfully provided in WORD so you don’t have to print them out to complete them unless you want to.
    • Value for money.  Fra Amici 2 is not a cheap product but it is great value for money.  Juliana has made it a labour of love and we benefit – no commercial publisher would produce materials of this quality at these prices.

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