The Italian audio course Ripeti Con Me starts at a beginner level and focuses on essential vocabulary. Its slow pace makes it accessible to beginners.
The concept underlying this course is that you’ll improve your Italian by listening and repeating many sentences. As you go through the course, small changes are made to the sentences, moving different components in and out. In this way, you’re learning new words and how phrases and sentences are formed. Grammar isn’t explicitly taught but you’ll begin to pick up the various grammar points on your own.