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Easy Italian Step-by-Step Paperback – October 28, 2008

ISBN-13: 978-0071453899 ISBN-10: 007145389X Edition: 1st

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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill; 1 edition (October 28, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 007145389X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071453899
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 7.3 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #202,354 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Paola Nanni-Tate teaches Italian at Ohio State University and is the author of Italian Verb Drills and Practice Makes Perfect: Italian Verb Tenses.


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You can't go wrong with any of the products mentioned in this review and they will really jump start your Italian!
Patrick D. Goonan
This is an excellent book for anyone wishing to learn Italian or those of us who already have a foundation in the language.
Keith A. Preble
By the end of chapter 1, you're asked to translate sentences using words and grammar that have not been introduced.
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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Keith A. Preble on November 19, 2008
Format: Paperback
This is an excellent book for anyone wishing to learn Italian or those of us who already have a foundation in the language. The book starts off with the basics of Italian and slowly builds on complexity and difficulty. The author breaks the grammar down into small, manageable sections - each section filled with reading comprehension (you read a short story that is accompanied with vocabulary and exercises to test your understanding of the stories) as well as exercises to test your understanding of the grammar. The author also peppers the chapters with useful "asides" which are noted in the chapters by "thumbtacks" which help to remind students of particular grammar points or to follow up with further clarification.

Some of the best chapters are on: present subjunctive; use of the verb, piacere; indirect and direct objects; telling time; numbers, dates, calendar; reflexive verbs; prepositions; and negatives.

I find this book to be very versatile and use it as a desk reference when I have a question about a particular grammar point. I have gone through the book myself, refreshing and brushing up on all the grammar topics and have found that I have even learned some new things. Even students who are more advanced can find a use for a book such as this.

Beginners will find this book to be extremely useful. Students with some knowledge of Italian can also benefit from this book to help fill in the gaps and eliminate any grammatical weaknesses. This book is a great buy -- another great work by this author!

(NB: I agree with the other reviewer that you should supplement this book with some kind of aural practice, such as Pimsleur CD's, one of my favorites, Oxford Take Off In Italian (Oxford Take Off in Language Learning Kits) from Oxford University Press)
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A reader on February 11, 2010
Format: Paperback
If you want to learn Italian correctly, do not buy this book. It is full of mistakes (misspelled and improperly accented words, the wrong form of a word). It also has many exercises that are beyond the ability of the student, given the information introduced. For example, some exercises ask you to translate English sentences into Italian before you have been taught the grammar necessary to do so. In addition, there is no indication of pronunciation stress. Although many Italian words are stressed on the next-to-the last syllable, there are a lot of exceptions. You need to know these if you're going to speak the language correctly. This book needs a qualified Italian language editor to give it a good going over.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By JASan on June 5, 2009
Format: Paperback
This Spring I took a Basic Italian class at the local community college and loved it. The next class isn't until Fall, so I bought this book to keep me going over the Summer. It is an excellent review. And actually explains the grammar much better than my class did. I am loving it and learning new info as I go. Worth purchasing.

I think it moves too quickly for someone who has never taken Italian but is a excellent review and refresher for anyone with some basic understanding of the language.
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27 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Mark Perigard on July 9, 2009
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This review applies solely to the Kindle edition. The e-book version of "Easy Italian Step-by-Step" has not been optimized for the Kindle. I keep my reading font at 12 point, but despite that, the font size for the pages for this e-book varies wildly, from what appears to be 16 point to as low as 4 point for lists of vocabulary words.

If you are going to read this e-book, you will have to adjust your point size, up or down, to compensate for each new page. That's an incredibly frustrating way to study a language text. I tried to fight my way through the first chapter, but it's just not an ideal way to work. I hope future editions will correct this.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By C. G. King TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on January 8, 2009
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I've been pleasantly surprised with this book since it is different from other language books I've tried. I'm looking for the basics to be able to communicate during trips and appreciate the approach this book takes in starting right out with some grammatical information, not just standard tourist phrases. If you're lucky enough to have an ear for the language and can speak understandably, the locals are inclined to think you are fluent and answer accordingly. I've had that happen on more than one occasion and then am out of luck since I can't understand them. By having some better knowledge of the language patterns, such as basic grammar and idioms, it really helps a lot with understanding responses--the other half of communication. While I'm not terribly far along in the book, I already feel I have more competence in Italian than I have after countless other books and audio courses. I'm learning the foundation of the language, not just memorizing. This approach is highly recommended.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Stomatologist on May 20, 2010
Format: Kindle Edition
I have been working through this book and have nearly completed all the chapters. I am not fluent but have a significant grasp of the language and have used many such books.

The premise of the book is quite good...chapters are focused on one (or a few) grammatical concepts. Significant vocabulary is presented at several points in each chapter, including idiomatic and prepositional or adverbial phrases with unique meanings. Each chapter caps off with a short reading selection that includes many of the concepts in the chapter, and introduces a few more useful words. One of the aims of the book is to include "high efficiency" words that are used often in the language.

However, there are serious issues, which is shocking considering the author's pedigree and other books she has authored. As other reviewers have stated, the text is filled with numerous egregious errors. Answers to exercises are frequently incorrect, which is a bit problematic when one is trying to learn a language. Someone who is fluent may pick up even more errors than I did, but a neophyte learner could believe that the answers are correct, which is far worse. Finally, some of the answers to exercises are not literal translations. For example, if asked to translate "He picked up that book" the answer in the back might actually read "He picked up THE book". The gist is the same, but the semantics are not, especially when someone is trying to learn the nuance of a language.

Finally, as a few other reviewers stated, the translation exercises are baffling. In the first chapter, one is asked to translate sentences using future tense, which is not introduced for many chapters to come.
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