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ISBN-13: 978-1118004654 ISBN-10: 1118004655 Edition: 2nd

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 408 pages
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 2 edition (September 6, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1118004655
  • ISBN-13: 978-1118004654
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.9 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #94,800 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

Learn to speak Italian with ease and confidence

Buon giorno! If you're looking to reach a comfort level in conversational Italian, this hands-on, friendly guide gets you speaking like a native. Here, you'll find expanded coverage of the necessary grammar, major verb tenses, and conjugations that beginners need to know. Plus, you'll get a fully updated and expanded audio CD that includes real-life conversations, a refreshed and expanded mini-dictionary, more useful exercises and practice opportunities, and more.

  • Italian 101 — learn how to pronounce the Italian alphabet, numbers, and common words, and get a handle on the basic grammar you'll need to know as you're working through the book

  • Ciao down — start practicing your Italian-speaking skills in everyday situations, like asking for directions to the Colosseum or expressing your love for espresso

  • Start talkin' the talk — get the know-how to confidently navigate public transportation, find a hotel room, change money, and handle an emergency on your excursion in Italy

  • The power of dieci (ten) — discover ten ways to pick up Italian quickly, ten things never to say in Italian, ten favorite Italian expressions, and ten phrases that'll make people think you're a local

Open the book and find:

  • How to make sense of Italian grammar

  • Tips to improve your pronunciation

  • Strategies to get a handle on verb conjugations

  • Idioms and popular expressions

  • Advice on getting around in Italy

  • Fun games and activities to reinforce learning

  • Dialogues throughout the book and on the accompanying CD

Bonus CD Includes

Over 30 real-life conversations that reinforce lessons from the book

Learn to:

  • Speak Italian quickly and effectively

  • Grasp basic grammar, vocabulary, and pronunciations

Practice along with the accompanying audio CD

About the Author

Berlitz has taught languages to millions of people for more than 130 years. Francesca Romana Onofri and Karen Antje Moller are veteran language teachers. Teresa L. Picarazzi, PhD, teaches Italian at The Hopkins School and has lived and worked in Cortona, Florence, Ravenna, Siena, and Urbino.

Customer Reviews

This book and CD have been helpful to me as I try to learn Italian.
P. Broderick
Purchased the Kindle version of the book but AFTER I purchased I was informed that the CD that is adversited is not supplied with the Kindle version.
jacquita28
Then this is the perfect book to learn Italian, even better than the Rosetta Stone program.
Zuhair Kashmeri

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

29 of 32 people found the following review helpful By farkle on April 24, 2012
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This is a very good intro to Italian. I was pleasantly surprised that it approaches the language in more depth than I expected. However, I am half-way through the book and already found around 50 typos, misspellings, left out translations. The typos are mostly Italian words, so a newbie to the language is stuck. I am in a class using this book so the teacher points those out to us. The authors and publishers need to hire a competent proofreader quickly. They should be embarrassed that this--2nd edition--is so full of errors.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By RopeMan on June 9, 2012
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Getting ready for a trip to Italy and wanted to be prepared with basic phrases. I am using several different resources and found that rote memorization is fine to a point, but this book takes you a bit further. THis is not a book of phrases. The author actually explains why the language is constructed the way it is and how the phrases are used in different circumstances. If you are looking for a phrase book, this might be a bit much. If you want to combine a phrase book with a bit of "beyond the basics" this book would work well for you.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By jacquita28 on September 1, 2012
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Purchased the Kindle version of the book but AFTER I purchased I was informed that the CD that is adversited is not supplied with the Kindle version. If I would have known this I wouldn't have purchased the Kindle version. Very disappointed.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By writen wida pin on February 12, 2013
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Well thought out for easily language acquisition and practice. This book's format is especially easy for beginners who have no second language opportunities.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Zuhair Kashmeri on November 27, 2012
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Got 20 minutes a day to spare? Are you disciplined enough to follow through? Then this is the perfect book to learn Italian, even better than the Rosetta Stone program.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Frank on May 6, 2013
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This is an excellent book for those looking for an overal approach to speaking Italian. I found the CD included to be most helpful with learning the proper pronunciation of words.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By T on February 19, 2013
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great book for learning and studying italian. Easy to follow and comprehend. we are definitely enjoying the cards. i totally recommend the book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ulfilas on March 16, 2013
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This seems reasonable for a first attempt at learning Italian. The textbook gives you some basic grammar, especially for verb conjugations. The book includes the various dialogues that you listen to on the CD, as well as a very useful pronunciation guide that breaks each Italian word into phonetic components that correspond to American English. The single CD that comes with this book is suitable for listening to while driving. The CD does not state the English equivalent for each line of the spoken dialogue--for that you need to go to the book. The CD narration does, however, state the topic of each dialogue and introduce the scene and the characters involved. Given the simple nature of the dialogues, these introductions, combined with perusing the book in advance, should be allow most people to understand what is said--even while driving.
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