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Dictionary of Italian Slang and Colloquial Expressions Paperback – February 1, 1999

ISBN-13: 978-0764104329 ISBN-10: 0764104322

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Barron's Educational Series (February 1, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764104322
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764104329
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 4.3 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,395,464 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Reepicheep on January 19, 2001
Format: Paperback
Even though it did not have an English to Italian section as one reviewer complained, I still found this book to be very entertaining and informative. It is chock full of useful colloquialisms and it was a nice break from the usual "high school" type Italian one usually learns from instructional language books. I highly recommend this book to anyone who has a love for the language even if you aren't yet fluent in it.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Mauro Corbani on November 1, 2007
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Who wrote this book probably doesn't know how in Italy people speak. by the way I'm Italian and I live in California from 2006 so ... I know my language.
Some example: ABRAMUCCIO??? who uses this word in Italy?? maybe in her family. -- ACCANNARE??? Where in hell she got this .. the right expression is: CANNARE .. ACCHIAPPANZA????? what, who says this? an expedition for picking up girls??? what the hell is she writing? but let's go on ... ACCHITTARSI???? ACCHITTATO???? ACETO?????? Please ... don't use these words. we don't use them in Italy. There are some words in the book that we actually use but are less then 300. And if you are gonna use some of those 300, be careful ... you can receive a fist in your face
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Linda Pagliuco VINE VOICE on January 9, 2007
Format: Paperback
This compilation is fun to read, but as someone who is learning Italian and visits Italy frequently, I have to say that as a resource for speaking, it has its limitations. Before using any of these sayings, it is most important to stop and consider whom you are speaking with, b/c most the phrases in this dictionary are either raunchy or insulting, more slang than colloquialisms. I find it more helpful when trying to figure out what Italians are saying to each other when it's clear that they are being rude.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Donna L. Hill on March 10, 2001
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This book is sooooo funny even though it's not english-italian. The is books has all of the perverted comments made about ("THINGS"). I'm sure you'll love this book.
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