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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 19, 2012

    Highly recommended!!

    My husband and I each purchased a copy of this text as we are using it in a ten-week Italian class. We have also purchased copies for our adult children who are accompanying us to Rome in October.

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  • Posted April 10, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    Now THAT'S what I'm talkin' about!

    "Italian - A Self-Teaching Guide"
    I ordered this book to supplement my study of Italian using Rosetta Stone, and really like the way it teaches the basics right from the beginning. The first chapter, "Basic Expressions", begins with eighteen basic (essential) phrases, several explanatory sentences about titles and salutations, and then an exercise using the things you've just learned. Prior to ordering the book, I had read a review from someone who liked the book but was disappointed there was no CD included with it so he/she could actually hear the correct pronunciation of the words. Since I have the Rosetta Stone program, I didn't need the CD but can understand how it would be helpful. For me, though, this is a terrific book and a perfect companion to Rosetta Stone!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 24, 2009

    Very good, BUT needs audio accompaniment

    This is a very good teaching aide in terms of grammar and vocabulary. The exercises are well-constructed and beneficial in reviewing the lessons just learned. The major shortcoming is not in fact with the book; rather, in order to obtain maximum benefit in learning any language, one needs to hear the language spoken and the individual words pronounced. The book attempts to describe pronunciation, but there's no substitute for hearing it. I originally purchased the book as a classroom text, but the class was cancelled.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 14, 2006

    I love this book.

    About 2 years ago, I decided to take up Italian, and this book is where I started. Beyond a terrific & thorough introduction to the language, it has proved to be a trusty companion that I can consult again and again. The chapters are well paced and perfectly arranged, and the exercises are frequent enough that they really solidify the concepts. The only bad thing I can say is that it leaves out a fair number of very common colloquialisms, but those are things anyone would be equiped to pick up on their own after having used this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 25, 2003

    Thorough and evenly paced learning guide

    I have read other self-study books for Italian and was always left with many grammar or usage questions which the authors seemed to assume anyone would be able to figure out. Lebano's 'Italian: A Self-Teaching Guide' doesn't make the student struggle and guess as to why certain things don't follow grammar rules. Instead, the grammar and language exceptions are explained clearly and thoroughly, making absolutely no assumptions that we should know any better. This helps to reinforce the understanding of those exceptions. Each chapter is set up to engage the reader, first with a vocabulary and phrase list, then a dialogue and corresponding exercises and grammar rules and explanations. Although it's only 15 chapters, you'd be kidding yourself if you thought you could learn a chapter a week and make it stick. If you are really dedicated to learning Italian, I'd recommend this book to start with.

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    Posted March 26, 2010

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