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La Bella Lingua: My Love Affair with Italian, the World's Most Enchanting Language

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  • Posted May 12, 2009

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    A must for Italian language lovers

    For anyone who has been enchanted by the always beautiful, often frustrating Italian language and tried to grasp its basics as well as its intricacies, Dianne's tales will not only ring true but also comfort you.

    From obscure word etymologies to entertaining anecdotes, La Bella Lingua will keep you turning pages, nodding along in agreement, laughing, and even learning-I picked up quite a few new words myself.

    And Dianne's writing? A sheer pleasure. Truly.

    La Bella Lingua is a *must* for any lover of the Italian language; it assolutamente warrants five espresso cups out of five.

    ~ Michelle of Bleeding Espresso
    http://bleedingespresso.com

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 4, 2009

    Bellissimo!

    I loved Dianne Hales book "La bella lingua"! It is a great read for anybody in love with Italian language and culture.
    Her witty writing style and thorough observer of human nature added to the fun of reading this book.
    I highly recommend it for anybody taking an Italian class, I'm going to pass it around in my own.
    I was sad when I finished it and I'm now re-reading some chapters.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 20, 2011

    Love Letter to Dante

    While the introduction to this book is lovely and witty the following chapters spend far more time eulogizing and fawning over Dante than they discuss the Italian language or Italians themselves. This is a great read if you're a linguist anthropologist but not if you wish simply to be entertained.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 12, 2014

    Excellent book for Italo-philes

    I bought this book to soak up a bit more Italian culture and for some more insight into the language (I'm trying to improve my Italian). Hales gives a fun insight into Italian culture by way of examining the language and how the two are inextricably intertwined. Recommended for anyone with a love for all things Italian.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 28, 2012

    Italian Re-charged!

    This book helped revive my love of Italian after experiencing Italian overload during my own quest to learn the language!

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    Posted November 26, 2011

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  • Posted July 19, 2011

    A terrific read!

    Dianne Hales book "La Bella Lingua" is a delightful work for those who just KNOW they were Italian in previous life!

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