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Italian DeMYSTiFieD, Second Edition Audio CD – May 26, 2011

ISBN-13: 978-0071756013 ISBN-10: 0071756019 Edition: 2nd

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Product Details

  • Series: Demystified
  • Audio CD: 480 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill; 2 edition (May 26, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0071756019
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071756013
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 7.4 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #435,738 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Marcel Danesi is Professor of Semiotics and Anthropology at the University of Toronto. He has authored and co-authored many books on learning Italian and Spanish, including Learn Italian the Fast and Fun Way (Barron's).

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It also includes a 70 minute audio CD.
M. Vrieze
Living in Italy for 3 years due to the military, and ordered this book in addition to actually taking a language class, great supplement.
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The Practice quiz makes all the difference.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By MNPFS on July 2, 2013
Format: Audio CD
I started off using this book to learn Italian, by itself. The book is good for that purpose. It explains how to pronounce the words, and it comes with a CD to let you listen to the words. Plus, with the internet being as prevalent as it is, any words which are not pronounced on CD can easily be found online to listen to. Furthermore, it walks you through the basics of grammar, to build up from simple nouns, to more complicated verb conjugations.

As with any product designed to learn a language, it will take time, and dedication, and lots of working through the vocabulary, and grammar concepts. However, the book gives plenty of exercises to help you build up your competency, and also builds up a solid vocabulary foundation, working frequently through new words, and reinforcing old words.

After working with this product for a while, though, I found it worked incredibly well as a supplement for Rosetta Stone, or another similar product. I know that not everyone will have easy access to Rosetta Stone, and this is not intended to discourage use of Italian DeMystified by itself, but for those who can, this product, plus Rosetta Stone, work amazingly well together.

Rosetta Stone is intended to be an immersion software, and does a great job of teaching vocabulary, but I find that when new grammar concepts are introduced on Rosetta Stone, then this book is my turn to source to discover how that grammar works, and better understand the sentences I am seeing.

In other words, if you are using an immersion style software, get this book for it's value in understanding the grammar. If you are using this book alone, it will probably still be sufficient.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Rich Ballard on February 16, 2013
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This book was required for an Italian class I took and it has been quite helpful. I like the fact that the quiz answers are included so I can check my progress (if any :)).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Goldberg on July 8, 2013
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I am about 80% done with this book as of now. The Practice quiz makes all the difference. Some are easy, some are hard, but they force you to review and memorize the preceding lessons and that's a very good thing. The audio CD is completely useless so you need some other audio lessons as well. Finishing this book though, won't make you fluent in Italian in any way. In fact, far from it. But you will know most grammar (verb tenses, etc) and you'll probably be able to understand some simple sentences in the movies, etc. Overall, questo libro e abbastanza buono!

BTW, I bought this book from Barns & Noble, to support them. Please do the same so that they won't go out of business :)
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By Leigh A. Smith on February 4, 2014
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I'm trying to learn Italian and this is, by far, one of the best language books I own (I must own a dozen and three audio versions!). Most of the others focus on stuff for tourists (i.e., directions, times, formalities, etc.). This cuts through all that to offer more regarding conversation between two (or more) individuals. HIGHLY recommend!
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By M. Vrieze on January 3, 2014
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It goes over grammar, verb, vocabulary, etc to help people learn Italian. It also includes a 70 minute audio CD.
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