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50 Ways to Improve Your Italian: A Teach Yourself Guide

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780071746342
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing
  • Publication date: 1/12/2011
  • Series: Teach Yourself Language Series
  • Edition description: Bilingual
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 959,008
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.70 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Valeria Malandra is a native speaker with extensive experience of teaching, translating and interpreting Italian. She currently teaches at the University of Surrey.

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Table of Contents

How to use this book / Saying it right: pronunciation and spelling / Get your pronunciation right / Capello or cappello? / Double those consonants! / Cane vs Carne, get it wrong and you might end up eating the wrong thing! / Is it an E or an I? / H: Don’t get too aspirational / Is it a Pub or a “Poob”? / Soft and hard sounds / Qu sounds: say them like a duck! / Do you watch Tee Vee or Tee Voo / Più and Poi: get them right / Numbers / 21 / 28 / 100 / 1000 / 2000 / Good stress and bad stress / Medici: where does the stress fall? / Leggere or Leggere? / Citta or Città? / Lunedì or lunedì? / Abitare / The imperfect tense / Accent / Accent deficit disorder: the facts / Capitalisation: / Monday / January / English: no capitals please! / Grammar / Pronouns / Use and abuse of the subject pronoun / Reflect on your reflexives / Possessives / When your house becomes a house of yours / Articles / The definite article. One in English, six in Italian / Don’t tell the time without the article / Verbs / Piacere. If you like it, say it the other way round / Don’t mix up C’è with È / Unlock the secret of auxiliary verbs / When the present is enough / Vivo in Italia da 2 mesi / Vado a casa domani / Careful with what you enjoy! / Prendere il pranzo o pranzare? / Prepositions / Is it ON a Monday? / Adverbs / How to say Me Too and live happily ever after / Plural of words / Are People singular or plural? / Make the best use of Qualche and Ogni / Advise and Information / The gender of the problem / Demonstrative adjectives and pronouns / When does Quel become Quello? / Untangle your Direct and Indirect pronouns / Lo vs Gli / La vs Le / Weed out unnecessary words / Mio marito – that’s all you need! / In Italian nobody owns their homework / Say the time, not the hours! / In French you say DE. In Italian don’t say DI! / Choosing the right Italian word / When does a visit become a visitation? / Whether you are an owl or a lark, don’t mix up night and evening / How to say “a little”: poco vs un po’ / Do you prefer or do you favour? / Was the meal very well or very good? / Che or chi? / I’ll see you “between” two hours / How many years have you? / On the perils of being cold / Tread carefully when you say: I enjoy / Have you had lunch or lunched? Had dinner or dined? / Do you have a shower or make a shower? / False friends / Don’t fail when you say: I succeed / Impressive / Eventually / How to say what you can do / Parents and children / Translating Italian words which don’t need a translation! / Bar is not a Barra! / Word order and agreements / Getting the word order right / Is it a red jumper or a jumper red? / Italian is an “agreeable” language / Make sure that your green beans agree with each other / The importance of gender and number in the past / Molto / Poco / Vicino: when do they agree? / Cultural awareness / Please: use it sparingly please / Signor, Signora o Signorina? Overuse of titles / ”Miscellaneous” / Glossary of grammatical terms / Transcript of audio download

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