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ISBN-13: 978-0471384380 ISBN-10: 0471384380 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Series: Street Language
  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (August 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0471384380
  • ISBN-13: 978-0471384380
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,712,627 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Text: English, Italian

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Francesca ha una cotta per Giovanni! (trans.): Francesca has a crush on Giovanni! (lit.): Francesca has a baking for Giovanni! Ho mangeato in un ristorante caro, dove mi hanno spennato! (trans.): I ate at an expensive restaurant and got fleeced! (lit.): l ate at an expensive restaurant and got plucked! Mamma mia! Even after years of trying to learn Italian, you still have trouble conversing with a native speaker. Why? Because everyday Italian is filled with slang and colloquialisms. Street Italian 1 is the first in a series of slang/idiom books that teach you how to speak and understand the real language used daily on the street, in homes, offices, stores, and among family and friends. Entertaining dialogues, word games and drills, crossword puzzles, word searches, and "inside" tips will have you sounding like a native in no time at all.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Laura De Giorgio on October 23, 2004
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If you're learing Italian, even if you're not planning to go to Italy - you may benefit from watching Italian movies. You can learn slang from the movies, too, but having a book which some common expressions spelled out may help you, too. It will also help you if you're socializing with Italian crowd in your neighborhood. It will spice up your interaction and you can enjoy the pleasure of understanding what they're talking about when they use slang.

The previous reviewer pointed out that Italian language has been standardized - all that this means is that everyone is learning in school the same Italian. People from different regions at home may still use the dialect from their own region, so for example, a Calabrese will speak the standardized Italian, but he may also use Calabrese dialect.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Thomas Fleming on November 25, 2013
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This is not a good book unless you want to talk like an adolescent and need to have 10 ways of saying that women are trolls and men are short, fat, and bald. It is the sort of Italian which, if an adult were to use it, would mark you are a complete idiot. And then there is the obvious fact that the author is deaf to the meanings of many Italian words and appears not even to have access to a dictionary. His English, on the other hand, may even be worse. Slang rapidly changes its meaning, and what sounds groovy to one generation is grotty to the next. (See what I mean?) I feel sorry for any grownup who attempts to put this junk into practice. If you have a fair grasp of Italian and are going to teach kids or spend time with them, then a few hours with Street Italian 1 might be helpful, though a sampling of comic books might be a more entertaining method of learning the same vocabulary. Otherwise, shame on the author and greater shame on the publisher!
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10 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 21, 2004
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I bought this book just before I left for Italy, intending to learn some Italian slang so I wouldn't stick out too much as un americana. I'd never spoken Italian before, or studied it, so I figured, why not? I didn't touch the book until I was almost done with my three months, and when I picked it up to look at it, I was disappointed. Even though I'd only been studying Italian for a short period of time, I noticed that the translations weren't terribly accurate. They held the same general meaning, I guess, but left out a lot of the colour that the Italian version held. I can't vouch for the accuracy of the slang, unfortunately, though I can say that it may not be all it's cracked up to be. Italian as a standardized (I emphasize STANDARDIZED) language has only been around for about fifty years. Before that, people spoke i dialetti, dialects separate for each region, and a lot of slang is still only used in certain regions. But after saying that, the book is still decent for a (short) laugh and is probably useful enough if you have twenty bucks to burn in your wallet. I do recommend that you not get this if you're just starting out in Italian - save it for after you've studied for several years (or, if you're studying in Italy without speaking your native language, for several months). Comunque, in bocca a lupo a tutti chi stanno studiando la lingua bella!
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More About the Author

David Burke is the author of over 100 products and books on how to use and understand slang and idioms in different languages. His books are currently used as course curriculum by Berlitz Language Schools, UCLA, Harvard University, New York University (NYU) and Hewlett Packard.

David was brought up in a multi-lingual household and knows English, French, Italian, and American Sign Language. He is also a musician, having worked as a television composer and as the in-house composer for the Los Angeles Olympic Organizing Committee.

In 1999, David became known as "Slangman" to 90 million listeners in 120 countries due to his regular 5-year segment on Voice of Americas Coast to Coast. Throughout the past 10 years, he has been the owner and CEO of Slangman Publishing, Inc., a publishing company specializing in materials on slang and idioms.

David is also the creator of Slangman's World, a children's TV show, currently in preproduction, which introduces children age 2-6 to the world of foreign languages and cultures, as well as popular American expressions in an environment of music, animation, and magic.

To date, David has appeared in more than 250 national and international radio and television programs helping parents to understand their teens, including; The Jenny Jones Show, The Sharon Osbourne Show, Entertainment Tonight, CNN International, and has been a recurring guest on the KTLA Morning Show and Canada's most popular talk show, the Vicki Gabereau Show. David was also a commentator at the 2004 Academy Awards for the BBCs Five Live (a program broadcasting to 7 million people throughout the United Kingdom) to speak about slang used in American movies and TV shows.

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