Better Reading Italian: A Reader and Guide to Improving Your Understanding of Written Italian / Edition 1

Better Reading Italian: A Reader and Guide to Improving Your Understanding of Written Italian / Edition 1

by Daniela Gobetti
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McGraw-Hill Companies, The

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Better Reading Italian: A Reader and Guide to Improving Your Understanding of Written Italian / Edition 1

New reading series brings foreign language acquisition into the 21st century

While the world produces more and more reading material each year, from magazines to newspapers to websites, why are most language learners still relying on contrived texts and classic literature for language acquisition? Providing entertaining contemporary texts in the original language, the Better Reading Language series is for those who want to brush up on a foreign language.

With the authentic materials provided in this series, readers will be able to peruse a Latin Grammys write-up in Spanish, a feature on Alain Ducasse's favorite recipes in French, or a review of a Milan fashion show in Italian. Readings on everything from music and sports to cinema and contemporary family life are arranged in increasing difficulty within chapters. Along the way, learners will find instruction and exercises to help develop improved reading speed, comprehension, and vocabulary.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780071391382
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Companies, The
Publication date: 02/28/2003
Series: Better Reading Language Series
Edition description: Italian / English
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.66(d)

Table of Contents

How to use this bookxi
Il bel paese
Torino: A children's poem devoted to Turin3
Il Touring Club Italiano: Advertising a tour of Sicily7
Trieste (I): An early-twentieth-century poem about Trieste16
Trieste (II): An excerpt from a recent best-seller19
L'agriturismo: Vacationing at an agrotourism inn in Tuscany25
Slow food
L'Arcigola: Manifesto of the Slow Food Movement31
Il mangiarbene: A culinary report on a restaurant in Piedmont38
Il buon vino fa buon sangue: Italian wine profiles43
I vini di origine controllata: D.O.C. wine nomenclature48
La scienza in cocina e l'arte di mangiar bene: Recipes from the 1891 classic by Pellegrino Artusi52
La moda e il design
Kartell: Web site of a furniture manufacturer63
Tensione e compressione: The famous designer Bruno Munari70
Io speriamo che me la cavo: A Neapolitan student's essay on home life77
Ville, villette, villone: An excerpt from a novel by Carlo Emilio Gadda83
La moda italiana: A news report on Italian fashion at the Paris shows90
Costume e societa
Il male di vivere: A feature article on anorexia in laRepubblica99
La moda maschile: A tongue-in-cheek article on male fashion105
Il problema demografico: Demographic trends in Italy111
Il calcio: The soccer scene in Italy117
La beatificazione: The recent canonization of a Capuchin monk127
La scuola
Cuore: The classic children's book from 1886137
La maturita: The nationwide test for Italy's nineteen-year-olds143
La matematica in rima: Poems to help children learn math and the seasons148
La gatta: A story written by elementary school children157
Lessico famigliare
Una citta famigliare: A poem treating Turin as extended family167
Lessico famigliare: Growing up in a Jewish family between the wars172
Famiglia cristiana: Personal advice from a Christian magazine180
Va' dove ti porta il cuore: An old love affair revealed to a granddaughter187
Sebben che siamo donne...
La Lega: A solidarity song of women workers in the Po Valley199
Mamma: A popular 1940 song on the mother-son relationship204
Donna in guerra: The feminist awakening of a young married woman208
Le donne e la politica: An article on women's representation in Parliament217
Il femminismo: Italian feminist declarations from the 1970s225
Americano sono: The return of a novel's protagonist to Sicily233
Gagliano: An excerpt from Christ stopped at Eboli239
La luna e i falo: Comparing Piedmont with California246
Il Dio d'America: A view of the political role of religion in the United States253
Cincinnati, Ohio: An excerpt from Hymn to a wandering Italy259
Suggestions for further reading265
Answer key267

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