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Learn Italian the Fast and Fun Way with Book Paperback – July, 1997

ISBN-13: 978-0764102103 ISBN-10: 0764102109 Edition: 2nd

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Product Details

  • Series: Fast and Fun Way
  • Paperback: 260 pages
  • Publisher: Barron's Educational Series; 2 edition (July 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764102109
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764102103
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 0.7 x 9.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,526,323 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Available in: Chinese (book only) * French * German * Italian * Japanese * Russian * Spanish & Aprenda Ingles Facil y Rapido (Learn English the Fast & Fun Way)



It’s easy... It’s practical... It’s fun!



In just minutes a day, you’ll pick up the language you need for most everyday situations—from meeting and greeting people to asking directions and handling simple business transactions. You’ll learn the basic vocabulary for: introductions * finding your way * entertainment * dining * shopping * banking * using the telephone and mail services * medical help and emergencies



Plus: days of the week * months * seasons * weather * time * numbers * basic grammar * even a guide to road signs!



Special Bonus for Business and Vacation Travelers: Pull-out Bilingual Dictionary complete with Food and Drink Guide * Wine List * Tipping Information



Added Features: Two Quizzes (with answers) to test your growing skills * vocabulary cards give you practice with words and phrases --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Customer Reviews

This book provides an easy and fun way to learn a new language.
Cynthia J. Mckeever
The cassette version is actually very useful when it comes to rewinding and pausing.
Dale
I highly recommend this book to anyone wanting to learn the conversational language.
Nina Malone

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

60 of 63 people found the following review helpful By ty7777 on May 24, 2001
Format: Paperback
This is broken down really well for you and is basically part book- part workbook. There are plenty of activities to take part in to help you learn this language. However it doesn't get a five because it doesn't come with a tape, though 4 are available to go with it for over 30 dollars. Also, you only learn present and imperative tenses, which may have been more complicated to learn but it should be in there if you want to concern yourself with it. It is really informative and amusing and holds your attention. It does this by keeping the lessons quick and to the point with a little humor here and there. Remember that Learning Italian and learning Italian for sake of a quick bout of tourism ''just enough'' to get by... very different things. As for just the bout of tourism, this is more than enough to get you by and would work great. As for grasping the whole language, if you really feel you need to... you'd not only need the past tense and so on, but you'd definetely need alot of cassettes for example and the ability to read whole paragraphs with ease. This won't get you there, but it'll teach you the basic language.
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38 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Brian Cull on March 21, 2000
Format: Paperback
This book is colorful, but you really need to purchase the book as part of the set with the tapes so that you are able to hear the correct pronunciations. The book and tapes cover the basics for people who are planning to travel to Italy for vacation, and it starts from the very beginning with pronunciations and greetings. There are places in the book for you to practice your Italian writing skills without "drilling" you to sleep. There are puzzle games in the book, as well. The book covers basic grammar and basic vocabularly.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Justwannaread! on September 18, 2005
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I ordered this for an adult continuing education class that I am taking - Beginning Italian. This is truly a fun book - much better than the old French textbooks I had in high school. It is well illustrated, words are spelled phonetically, and it moves at an nice pace (not too elementary, but also not too challenging.) There are no audio tapes, but I have the advantage of a weekly class with an Italian instructor who is from Italy. The book comes with some flash cards and a small dictionary. The list price is $18.95, but Amazon sells it for less.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Theresa G. Wright on June 15, 2010
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We are studying Italian with a teacher via SKYPE and this is our workbook. It's a good basic text and we are learning. Both my husband I feel that there is not enough dialogue in it and it takes awhile to get around to verbs. We both wish there were more everyday phrases earlier in the book. The pull-out dictionary is fairly sparse, but it's also thin and easy to carry around. It's probably as good as most language usage books get and I would not hesitate to tell someone to purchase it if they also had another source such as a language teacher or disc so that the spoken language could be heard, too.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful By mikemac9 on August 31, 2006
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The audio CD's are a good complement to the text. But for a 288 page book, you think they could teach you more than the present tense! Ok, they teach the imperative (eg. command) tense, but that's it. Nothing about the simple past or future. Just listen to yourself talk for 5 minutes and think about how hard it is to keep it ALL in the present tense.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jane Connors on November 15, 2010
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The book is really geared for the traveller going to visit Italy. This is what I was looking for. I love the way that they tell you right off the bat that they will only be working in the present tense. The casual travleor does not need the other stuff. They suggest that you do a 15 minute lesson each day. What they think you can cover in 15 minutes is not what I can cover in 15 minutes ((it takes me considerably longer). But still, I like the fact that they break it down into small lessons. They do offer fun lessons and I would suggest if for the casual traveller.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By sweetbrowns on July 14, 2008
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We've used a different CD based system for French & this book/CD set "Learn Italian the Fast and Fun Way by Marcel Danesi & Barron's is FAR BETTER. It's simple to follow. I think the CD only systems are too difficult to follow & you need something in print that follows audio. This book is the coursework for a Italian class we're taking by a native of Italy & she said it's 99% correct.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Reader on October 26, 2006
Format: Paperback
This is a good book to use as a starting point. It covers some common phrases, grammar, and vocabulary. There is enough repetition of what you have learned in previous chapters to help you retain it. The 4-CD set is wonderful as a pronounciation help. The book is nicely organized into 29 well-planned lessons that take about an hour and a half each. Very nice way to begin learning this charming language.
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