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Product Details

  • Series: Drills Series
  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill; 3 edition (October 4, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0071744738
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071744737
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 8.4 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #15,794 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Text: English, Italian --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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The only Italian conjugation resource you'll ever need

To master speaking and writing Italian, you have to be comfortable using its verb system. Unfortunately for many language learners, however verb conjugation is a major roadblock in their pursuit of Italian-speaking confidence. If you are one of these learners, Italian Verb Drills is here to help by allowing you to overcome these obstacles so that you can confidently use verbs when expressing yourself in Italian.

Whether used as a textbook supplement in an Italian language course or as a self-study text for learning and review, Italian Verb Drills will simplify the complexities of this crucial area of Italian language studies.

This comprehensive book features:

  • Numerous exercises that demonstrate how the Italian verb system works
  • Regular chapter reviews called "Repasos" to reinforce your learning
  • An answer key to give you immediate clarification on any concept
  • New to this edition, a final unit that sums up all the verb tenses covered so you can select the correct verb form any time you speak or write Italian--something not covered in other verb books

Because of its concise explanations and abundant exercise material, you will find Italian Verb Drills a source of unparalleled knowledge and intensive practice that you can use in the classroom or on your own. You'll find you are less intimidated by verb conjugation and, instead, see your confidence in your Italian skills grow.

Topics include:

  • Regular verbs in the present, imperfect, preterit, future, and conditional of the indicative mood
  • Compound tenses of the indicative mood
  • The simple and compound tenses of the subjunctive mood
  • Reflexive verbs
  • Stem-changing verbs
  • Orthographic-changing verbs
  • Irregular verbs
--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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This book was interesting, very helpful to review my verbs and also good to learn them.
Lucilla Pia
Very well organized and with brief yet complete explanations that guide you through the world of Italian verbs.
Christine Bodovich
The verbs are categorized by ending and irregularities and then the book moves through various tenses.
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77 of 78 people found the following review helpful By "iloveprovence" on July 11, 2000
Format: Paperback
This book is perfect! It takes the student through drills of endless verbs, and if you want to speak, read and/or write Italian, you must understand the verbs. It really seems quite daunting! However, get your hands on this workbook! You will be really grateful you have it! Practice an hour a day, and you'll be amazed at the language acquistion you are able to achieve! And those language dictionaries? Don't bother! Use the grammar books. It's not as scary as it looks!
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64 of 64 people found the following review helpful By Atara on February 6, 2002
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As anyone knows, the key to learning is repition. The book is straightforward. THere are no cute cartoons, etc. here. Just verbs and worksheets. I even do the work on notebook paper, so I can go back and do the sheets again. After just completing one page of drills, I have learned a lot. She only introduces one skill at a time, so it is not overwhelming. And the added benefit is learning, of course, the meaning of the verbs. I would even suggest this book for teachers of Italian because of the way the book is set up.
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37 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Nada Vergili, Italy Guide & Language Teacher on February 21, 2006
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I recommend this book to my students as an extra practice book, on top of the regular material that I present during class. They can do this at their own time, even after taking the course.
Remember, learning a language is like learning a song!! A very very long song, for that matter! You hear it once, and you can't remember a thing, but as you here it more and more, and then start to repeat... you'll be singing before you know it!!
So, for those who really want to learn this musical and romantic language, DON'T GIVE UP!! Everyone feels lost at first, but with some patience, you'll be speaking.
So, I don't think this is a good book to get on its own, it's something you buy on top of other books that can actually teach you the structure. This book alone won't do it. It doesn't have enough explanation and you won't be able to do a thing with it, unless you learn some basic structures first.
It's hard to find one book that fits everyone's learning need. I like Living Language, especially for those who are serious about learning (not just cram a few phrases before a trip).
If time permits, definitely join a course in your area - there's no better practice than to practice in a group!
Also, get some audio CDs, because the books will teach you sentence structure, but the CDs will give you a correct pronunciation.
Buona fortuna!
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49 of 51 people found the following review helpful By Hans Gruber on May 22, 2003
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I am currently living in Italy. I want to be able to speak with my Italian neighbors, so I bought this book. After just doing the exercises in the first chapter (only -ar verbs), I am able to converse with them better. My Italian neighbors (who speak no English) like the book so much that they asked me to buy one for them so they can learn English. The exercises are excellent. I do them on a separate piece of paper so I can do the exercises over and over again. I highly recommend this book for anyone wanting to learn Italian.
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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Ken Koontz on October 4, 2000
Format: Paperback
...[T]his book is a steal. It provides plenty of practice in Italian verbs and does an excellent job of preparing you for usage. The layout is straightforward and logical, and the verbs chosen are highly used and practical. The best way to learn a new language is through extensive practice and this is a fine workbook to increase one's opportunities to do so. I highly recommend it.
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Daniel J. Dupre on November 13, 2001
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I have found that there is no better way to learn a language than to write it out and that is what you do in this workbook.
This method will especially appeal to the visual learner. Read the rules and practice the execises. It's a lot like the old elementary school workbook/drill approach to learning but there's no kidding yourself. You either know it or you don't.
Three conjugations, fourteen tenses, four moods and numerous irregulars make Italian verbs a challenge to learn; however, the material is presented in a simple yet lucid format. There are some errors in the answer key which the more advanced student will easily notice. I am not sure if this book is intended for the absolute beginner; nevertheless, I highly recommend it for anyone at the basic or intermediate skill level and as quick review for the more advanced student. Don't forget your pencil and erasure. You will need them.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Christine Bodovich on September 17, 2005
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From the overview of Italian verbs to the present and imperfect subjunctive tenses, this book is a CLASSIC MUST BUY. It is clear and quite simple to use and has a complete

answer key in the back which is essential for checking your work. Very well organized and with brief yet complete explanations that guide you through the world of Italian verbs.

If you are serious about learning Italian, then you must buy this book as a constant reference tool. You'll be using it constantly.

Since the book doesn't come with any recordings, I would recommend you buy Behind the Wheel Italian to accompany Italian Verb Drills. Many of the tenses in Italian Verb Drills are included in Behind the Wheel Italian and it gives you an opportunity to practice and learn how the language is really spoken.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 9, 2002
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This book is great to use a few minutes a day. In no time you'll be much more aware of verb meaning and conjugation. I find verbs to now be one of my strong suits in the language. You can even do it in pencil, then erase it and start over (it's in workbook format). Combine it with a few other sources of Italian learning for the maximum effect.
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