Must-Know Italian


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Stop hunting blindly through ordinary bilingual dictionaries! With 4,000 words, Must-Know Italian gives you the power to be understood in any situation.

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  • in the classroom il calcolatore (calculator), il, la ...
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Must-Know Italian: 4,000 Words That Give You the Power to Communicate

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Your search for the right word in Italian is over.

Stop hunting blindly through ordinary bilingual dictionaries! With 4,000 words, Must-Know Italian gives you the power to be understood in any situation.

You'll never be at a loss for words again

  • in the classroom il calcolatore (calculator), il, la supplente (substitute teacher)
  • at the office lo stage (internship), la riunione (meeting)
  • talking about the environment la conservazione (conservation), riciclare (recycle)
  • discussing politics la cittadinanza (citizenship), il broglio elettorale (electoral fraud)
  • shopping l(o)'affare (bargain), la cartina del bancomat (ATM card)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780071456456
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing
  • Publication date: 12/28/2006
  • Edition description: Bilingual
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 1,401,695
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.73 (d)

Meet the Author

Daniela Gobetti consults on cultural issues and the author of Better Reading Italian.

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Table of Contents

Introduction     xiii
Communicating with Others
Introductions, Greetings, and Farewells     2
Personal Information     2
Greetings and Introductions     4
Manners     5
Talking on the Telephone     7
Writing a Letter     9
Congratulations, Wishes, and Invitations     10
Mail     12
Italian and Foreign Cities     13
Parts of Speech     14
Articles     14
Subject Pronouns     14
Direct Object Pronouns     15
Indirect Object Pronouns     16
Reflexive Pronouns     16
Possessive Adjectives and Pronouns     17
Demonstrative Determiners     17
Indefinite Pronouns     18
Prepositions     19
Comparatives and Superlatives     19
Coordinating Conjunctions     20
Interrogative Words and Pronouns     20
Other Subordinating Conjunctions     20
Miscellanea     21
People and Relationships
Physical Description     24
Body     24
Face     24
Hair     25
Personality and Faculties     26
Personality     26
Emotions and Passions     28
Mental and Psychological Faculties and Actions     31
Family Relations     37
Family     37
Friendship and Other Relationships     41
Nations and Religion     43
Continents and Countries     43
Populations and Languages     44
Religion and Religions     45
Human Body, Health, and Medicine
Body, Senses, and the Mind     50
Body: Structure and Main Organs     50
Head and Face     50
Mouth     51
Arms and Hands     51
Torso     52
Legs and Feet     52
Five Senses     52
Health and Hygiene     53
Hygiene and Makeup     53
Diet     54
Illnesses, Disabilities, and Medical Care     55
Illnesses and Ailments     55
Colds and Gastrointestinal Ailments     57
Chronic and Life-Threatening Disorders     58
Medical Care     59
Psychological Conditions and Addictions     61
Medications     62
Dental Care     63
Eye Care      63
Life and Death     64
Stages of Life     64
Death     66
Education and School Subjects     68
Primary Education     68
Middle School and High School     69
School Subjects     69
Exams, Grades, and Degrees     70
Classroom Procedures, Materials, and Equipment     70
In the Classroom     70
Computers and Hardware     71
Computer Software     72
Internet and E-Mail     74
Higher Education and Long-Distance Learning     75
Higher Education     75
University and Postgraduate Schools     76
Distance Learning     77
Buying and Selling, Customer Service, and Transactions     80
Consumer Society     80
Buying and Selling     81
Payments     82
Customer Service     83
Stores     83
Advertising     85
Colors     85
Clothes     86
Clothing Store     86
Clothing     88
Shoes, Leather Goods, and Accessories     90
Lingerie     91
Jewelry      91
Food and Drinks     92
Beverages     92
Bread, Pastries, and Sweets     92
Meat and Fish     93
At the Delicatessen     93
Fruits and Vegetables     94
At the Grocery Store and Dairy     96
A Place to Live
Housing     100
Types of Housing and Surroundings     100
Features and Fixtures     102
Buying, Selling, and Renting     104
Construction, Repairs, and Remodeling     105
Rooms, Furniture, and Accessories     106
Furniture and Interior Decorating     106
Hallway     107
Bathroom     107
Bedroom     108
Dining Room, Living Room, and Study     109
Kitchen     110
Appliances     110
Kitchen Tools     111
At Home     112
Meals     112
Cooking at Home     113
Housecleaning     115
Outdoor Space     116
Occupations and the Business World
Occupational Fields, Training, and Working Conditions     118
Occupations in Service and Industry     118
Looking for a Job      119
Labor-Management Relations     120
Rights, Compensations, and Benefits     122
Finance, Business, and the Economy     123
Finance     123
Banking     125
Currencies     126
Monetary Policy     127
Economy     127
Leisure Time
Free Time and Entertainment     132
Circuses and Amusement Parks     132
Discos and Nightclubs     132
Arts and Culture     133
Music     133
Musical Instruments and Musicians     134
Ballet     135
Cinema and Theater     136
Photography     137
Television and Radio     138
Painting     139
Architecture     140
Pottery and Sculpture     140
Reading     141
Literature     141
Books and Publishing     142
Press     143
Physical Activity and Equipment     144
Physical Exercise     144
Sports     144
Team Sports     147
Pastimes/Hobbies     149
Games and Puzzles     150
Transportation, Traffic, and Tourism
Transportation, Cars, and Traffic     154
Metropolitan and Suburban Transportation     154
Automobile     155
Traffic     157
Vacations, Tourism, and Travel     159
Vacations     159
At the Beach     160
Camping     160
In the Mountains     161
Tourism     162
Travel     162
Air Travel     165
Travel by Train     167
Travel by Ship     167
Eating Out     168
Accommodations and Hotels     168
Government, Politics, and Society
Government and Politics     172
Nation, State, and the Nation-State     172
Government     172
Government Branches and Offices, Bureaucracy, and the Local Government     174
Elections     175
Major Political Parties     176
Ideologies     176
Civil Society     177
Law and Order     179
Judiciary     179
Law and Order     180
Crimes and Felonies     182
International Politics     183
International Relations and Diplomacy     183
War and Peace     184
Military     186
Armaments and Weapons     187
Human Rights     187
Terrorism and Nonconventional Warfare     188
Earth, Nature, and the Environment
Space and Earth     192
Space     192
Solar System     193
Earth     193
Land     194
Water     195
Weather and Seasons     196
Seasons and Climates     196
Weather Conditions     197
Extreme Weather Conditions and Natural Disasters     198
Weather Forecast     199
Ecology     199
Pollution     200
Farming and Gardening     201
Agriculture and Zootechnics     201
Farming and Gardening Tools     202
Trees     203
Flowers and Shrubs     204
Animals     204
Pets     204
Domestic Animals     205
Wild Animals     205
Fish, Creatures of the Sea, and Amphibians     207
Birds     207
Insects     208
Measures, Time, and Dates
Measurements and Quantities     210
Length and Width      210
Volume and Weight     210
Numbers and Calculations     211
Cardinal Numbers     211
Ordinal Numbers     213
Mathematics and Geometry     215
Physics, Biology, and Chemistry     217
Time and the Calendar     218
Time     218
Holidays     221
Telling Time     223
Day and Night     224
Days of the Week     225
Months of the Year     225
Exercises     228
Answer Key     274
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