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Product Details

  • Paperback: 120 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books; Bilingual edition (March 3, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0811847748
  • ISBN-13: 978-0811847742
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 4.7 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #49,243 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Bruno Munari (1907 1998), internationally acclaimed painter, sculptor, photographer, graphic designer, and creator of books, was a member of the Milanese Futurist group and taught at universities in Europe and America. Munari also designed advertisements, objects, toys, and games. His artwork has been exhibited at the Venice Biennale and in museums around the world, including the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

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I give this book two thumbs down.
Deborah K. Dobbins
This proved to be a good gift after a lecture on hand gestures Italian use, and looking back I saw my mother-in-law use some of them leaving me to guess the meaning.
Walter L. Johnson
It was a fun book and had lots of interesting information in it, as well.
Norma

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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Jessica Lux on December 24, 2005
Format: Paperback
This beautiful paperback is just over a hundred pages, but it packs a punch with the gorgeous black and white photo illustrations. Each is accompanied by text in both Italian and English explaining the technical aspects and the nuances of each gesture. This timeless guide was first published in 1958, and the 2005 re-release is a must-have for anyone studying Italian language and culture. (No vulgar gestures included.)
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By BellaBull on May 13, 2007
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I bought this book because I thought I'd learn something new . The pictures are nice enough, & it being in both Italian & English (although not always precisely translated) is neat.

But most of the gestures are universal, not unique to Italy (the international signal for "check please" or "to read") which was a little dissapointing. The more Italian gestures are not well explained in terms of context, but are entertaining enough.

If I were to do it over again, I might buy the book but only for under $9
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on March 11, 2007
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Take a black and white photo of an Italian gesture and provide a facing page in Italian and English which explains that hand gesture and you may just have the rudiments of learning 'street Italian' - and some of the sign language essential to speaking it. Some surprising subtleties exist here - as in the sign for 'agreement' - as well as some obvious new gestures - such as that for 'ok', an import. The result's funny and informative all in one package.

Diane C. Donovan

California Bookwatch
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By lollo2011 on June 11, 2013
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I'm an italian teacher and this was just the perfect gift for friends and students! It's basic, easy and enjoyable! Gives a great idea of an important part of the italian language tradition! Plus all of these signs are very easy to remember so that if u've some italian friends u can surprise them with using some of it and believe me if I tell you they will appreciate it! Thumbs up!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Downton's Abby gal on April 12, 2013
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If you are insulted by gestures of others and do not understand the Italian language , this book will help you understand better what they mean and how they are saying it. It is a beautiful language and this book is small enough to fit in the purse or back pocket to carry along. Very helpful.
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This proved to be a good gift after a lecture on hand gestures Italian use, and looking back I saw my mother-in-law use some of them leaving me to guess the meaning. This though did make me curious about how many regional differences exist in hand gestures.
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By Janice Gullett on June 10, 2014
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It was just what my daughter wanted. The book is very informative about the culture of speaking with your hands. The shipping was fast and price very reasonable.
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Shows numerous Italian hand gestures with their meanings. Pictures are large enough to see. Just wish there were more pictures. Is this the entire suite of Italian hand gestures?
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