Italian For Dummies / Edition 1by Francesca Romana Onofri
Pub. Date: 01/28/2000
The renowned Berlitz approach with a fun and friendly twist. This unintimidating guide from the experts at Berlitz will help you start speaking Italian - beginning today. Whether you're a student, a traveler, or you just want to pick up basic Italian, you'll find it's packed with practical lessons, cultural facts, and handy references - including a
The renowned Berlitz approach with a fun and friendly twist. This unintimidating guide from the experts at Berlitz will help you start speaking Italian - beginning today. Whether you're a student, a traveler, or you just want to pick up basic Italian, you'll find it's packed with practical lessons, cultural facts, and handy references - including a Italian-English mini-dictionary, handy lists of verbs, and more! Discover how to have everyday conversations in Italian, make sense of Italian grammar, improve your pronunciation, and get a handle on verb conjugations. Includes a bonus audio CD.
About the Authors:
Berltiz has taught languages to millions of people for over 120 years. Francesca Romana Onofri and Karen Antjet Moller are veteran language teachers and Bertliz authors.
Table of ContentsIntroduction.
PART I: Getting Started.
Chapter 1: You Already Know a Little Italian.
Chapter 2: The Nitty Gritty: Basic Italian Grammar and Numbers.
PART II: Italian in Action.
Chapter 3: Buongiorno! Meeting and Greeting.
Chapter 4: Getting to Know You: Making Small Talk.
Chapter 5: Food, Glorious Food -- and Don't Forget the Drink.
Chapter 6: Shopping Made Easy.
Chapter 7: Having a Good Time Out on the Town.
Chapter 8: Having Fun Italian Style.
Chapter 9: Talking on the Phone.
Chapter 10: At the Office and Around the House.
PART III: Italian on the Go.
Chapter 11: Money, Money, Money.
Chapter 12: Where Is the Colosseum? Asking Directions.
Chapter 13: Checking into a Hotel.
Chapter 14: Getting Around: Planes, Trains, Taxis, and Buses.
Chapter 15: Planning a Trip.
Chapter 16: Handling Emergencies.
PART IV: The Part of Tens.
Chapter 17: Ten Ways to Pick Up Italian Quickly.
Chapter 18: Ten Things Never to Say in Italian.
Chapter 19: Ten Favorite Italian Expressions.
Chapter 20: Ten Important Holidays in Italian-Speaking Countries.
Chapter 21: Ten Phrases to Say So That People Think You're Italian.
PART V: Appendixes.
Appendix A: Verb Tables.
Appendix B: Mini Dictionary.
Appendix C: About the CD.
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I am traveling to Italy, and bought this book because the Dummies books are usually a great reference. This is the exception to that rule. The easiest way to learn a language is to listen and follow along with what is being said, but the book doesn't provide transcripts of the conversations on the CD, and also surprisingly does not provide an English translation of the conversations! I am returning it and buying something else.
This book can help you learn plenty of phrases, but can you make up your own. Italian for Dummies doesn't actually teach Italian. It's not for learning Italian - only for learning words and phrases. This book doesn't teach the past tenses let alone does it even mention them. It will show the Past Participle, but that's not the past tense. You may consider another source for learning the Imperfect and Preterit past tenses.
I am profoundly deaf, but with the book itself and the CD (With the help of a headset)I have learned a great deal of conversational Italian. I am very happy with this book!! My son has been stationed in Italy and I visited him there this last summer,he was amazed that I did so well with the local Italians. This book and CD has made it possible for me to speak and understand enough to get by while I was there. Thank you so very much.
I read this book and it is not good at all. If you are buying this for the cd, all it is saying is conversations. It had no pronunciations on it.