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Italian: A Self-Teaching Guide / Edition 2
     

Italian: A Self-Teaching Guide / Edition 2

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by Edoardo A. Lebano, Edoardo A. Lè Bano
 

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ISBN-10: 0471359610

ISBN-13: 9780471359616

Pub. Date: 05/28/2000

Publisher: Wiley

Learn Italian the quick and easy way! Whether you re learning Italian for the first time or just brushing up on your skills, this updated edition of the bestselling Italian: A Self-Teaching Guide is the ideal way to master the language at your own pace. In fifteen simple lessons, you ll learn how to engage in everyday conversations from ordering at a restaurant to

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Learn Italian the quick and easy way! Whether you re learning Italian for the first time or just brushing up on your skills, this updated edition of the bestselling Italian: A Self-Teaching Guide is the ideal way to master the language at your own pace. In fifteen simple lessons, you ll learn how to engage in everyday conversations from ordering at a restaurant to asking for directions to making special arrangements with a hotel concierge. Written in a lively, personable style by a native Italian, this practical guide combines the quick-reference virtues of a phrasebook with the learning tools of a full-fledged language course. Designed to acquaint you with the basic skills you need to speak, read, write, and understand the language, Italian: A Self-Teaching Guide, Second Edition demystifies grammar, common usage, and pronunciation with step-by-step lessons on numbers, days of the week, telling time, and special rules of speech. It also includes extensive vocabulary and culture notes. Mini-dialogues from real-life situations provide a vibrant introduction to Italian culture and customs while a fun assortment of exercises, self-tests, and practice activities constantly reinforces your reading and conversational skills.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780471359616
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
05/28/2000
Series:
Wiley Self-Teaching Guides Series , #175
Edition description:
REV
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
216,850
Product dimensions:
7.50(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.65(d)

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Table of Contents

Basic Expressions.

IN UN RISTORANTE DEL CENTRO (In a Downtown Restaurant).

ALLA STAZIONE FERROVIARIA (At the Railway Station).

COMPLEANNO IN FAMIGLIA (A Family Birthday).

IN UN ALBERGO DI MILANO (In a Hotel in Milan).

A FARE LA SPESA (Grocery Shopping).

IN UNA BANCA DI FIRENZE (In a Florentine Bank).

UNA VISITA MEDICA (A Medical Examination).

IN UN NEGOZIO DI ABBIGLIAMENTO (In a Clothing Store).

UNA TELEFONATA (A Telephone Call).

UNA GITA DOMENICALE (A Sunday Outing).

ALL'AGENZIA DI VIAGGI (At the Travel Agency).

ALL'UFFICIO POSTALE (At the Post Office).

DAL MECCANICO (At the Mechanic's).

IN CERCA DI LAVORO (Looking for a Job).

Review Lesson 3 (1-15).

Appendices.

Italian-English Vocabulary.

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Italian: A Self-Teaching Guide 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Hellzapopn More than 1 year ago
"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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.