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Italian Demystified [NOOK Book]


You can learn to speak Italian in no time--capisci?

It's time to say arrivederci to your fears of learning a new language. With this easy-to-follow guide, you'll have no problema speaking and understanding Italian. Presto! Before you know it, you'll get past ciao and really be able to converse.

Beginning with everyday Italian expressions and a review of basic pronunciation,...

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You can learn to speak Italian in no time--capisci?

It's time to say arrivederci to your fears of learning a new language. With this easy-to-follow guide, you'll have no problema speaking and understanding Italian. Presto! Before you know it, you'll get past ciao and really be able to converse.

Beginning with everyday Italian expressions and a review of basic pronunciation, Italian Demystified covers key grammar fundamentals such as common verb tenses, nouns, pronouns, and gender. Step by step, you'll build your Italian vocabulary with essential words and phrases and quickly master the language. Test yourself at the end of every chapter for reinforcement that you're fast on your way to speaking, writing, and understanding Italian.

This fast and easy guide features:

  • Clear grammatical explanations that illustrate how the language works

  • Numerous examples that place new vocabulary in practical context

  • Helpful writing and speaking exercises that bring the Italian language to life

  • Coverage of everyday topics and conversational expressions

  • Quizzes at the end of each chapter that reinforce new language skills

Simple enough for a beginner, but challenging enough for a more advanced student, Italian Demystified is your shortcut to fluency in this lingua bellissimo.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780071593731
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education
  • Publication date: 9/11/2007
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 432
  • File size: 14 MB
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Meet the Author

Marcel Danesi is Professor of Semiotics and Anthropology at the University of Toronto. He has been a visiting professor at Rutgers University (1972), The University of Rome "La Sapienza" (1988), the Catholic University of Milan (1990), and has given lectures throughout the academic world. He has also authored and co-authored many books on learning Italian and Spanish, including Learn Italian the Fast and Fun Way and Italian Now! (Barron’s). He is a native of Italy.
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Table of Contents

PART IChapter 1: Italian Pronunciation and Spelling Pronunciation of Italian VowelsIntroducing YourselfPronunciation of Italian ConsonantsIntroducing PeopleItalian Spelling and CapitalizationThe Verb PiacereNames and SurnamesChapter 2: Meeting and Greeting People Italian Nouns Asking Chi è? Asking Che Cosa è? Plural Nouns Asking Chi Sono? Italian Titles Meeting and Greeting ExpressionsChapter 3: Asking Questions More Plural NounsDays of the Week and Months of the YearLanguages and Nationalities Asking QuestionsThe Italian-Speaking World Other Countries Around the WorldChapter 4: Describing People and Things Subject Personal PronounsThe Verb EssereAdjectivesNumbers from 0 to 20Numbers from 21 to 100Italian CurrencyAsking Questions with PrepositionsUsing Quanto and Quale Chapter 5: Expressing Likes and Dislikes (28 pages)The Indefinite Article The Definite ArticleExpressing Here and There with EssereThe Verb AvereThe Verb StareTEST AFTER PART IPART IIChapter 6: Eating and Drinking The Present Indicative of -are VerbsExpressions of TimeVerbs Ending in -care, -gare, -ciare, and -giare Italian Food and DrinkThe Verbs Bere and Dare More About Nouns and Gender The Numbers from 100 to 1000Chapter 7: Telling Time The Present Indicative of -ere Verbs The Verbs Fare and DarePrepositional ContractionsThe Numbers 1,000+Telling TimeChapter 8: Expressing Dates The Present Indicative of -ire Verbs The Verb CapireThe Verbs Andare, Uscire, and VenireOrdinal NumbersDemonstrativesExpressing DatesItalian HolidaysChapter 9: Talking About the Weather The Present Progressive TenseThe Verbs Potere, Volere, and DoverePossessivesTalking About the WeatherItalian CitiesChapter 10: Giving Commands The Imperative TenseThe Negative ImperativeThe Verbs Sapere and Conoscere Partitives Talking About AddressesTEST AFTER PART IIPART IIIChapter 11: Using Reflexive Verbs Reflexive VerbsImperative Forms of Reflexive VerbsReciprocal Forms of VerbsFractions and Other Numerical Expressions ClothingChapter 12: Using the Present Perfect Tense The Present Perfect Tense with AvereThe Present Perfect Tense with EssereIrregular Past ParticiplesMore About the Definite ArticleChapter 13: Using the Imperfect Tense The Imperfect Tense Irregular Verbs in the Imperfect TenseThe Progressive Form of the Imperfect More About Demonstratives and Possessives Chapter 14: Using the Pluperfect and Past Absolute Tenses The Pluperfect Tense The Past Absolute Tense Irregular Verbs in the Past Absolute Tense TransportationChapter 15: Talking About the Human Body More About Masculine vs. Feminine Nouns Gender of Nouns of Greek Origin Position of Adjectives Form-Changing AdjectivesThe Human BodyTEST AFTER PART IIIPART IVChapter 16: Talking About the Future The Future Tense Irregular Forms in the Future Tense The Future Perfect Tense Talking About SportsChapter 17: Using the Conditional Tense The Conditional Tense Irregular Forms in the Conditional Tense The Past Conditional Tense Using Negatives The Italian PeopleChapter 18: Using Object Pronouns Object Pronouns Object Pronouns with Past Participles More About Adjectives Adverbs Computers and the InternetChapter 19: Using Double and Attached Object Pronouns Double Object Pronouns Attached Object Pronouns Stressed PronounsMore About the Verb Piacere Chapter 20: Making Comparisons More About Pronouns Adjectives of Comparison Adverbs of Comparison Relative Pronouns Italian CoffeeTEST AFTER PART IVYOUR FINAL EXAMAnswer KeyEnglish-Italian GlossaryItalian-English Glossary

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