Mastering Italian Vocabulary: A Thematic Approach (Mastering Vocabulary Series) 2nd Edition
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Phrasebooks in This Series:
Mastering French Vocabulary
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- Item Weight : 1.06 pounds
- ISBN-10 : 0764123955
- ISBN-13 : 978-0764123955
- Paperback : 432 pages
- Dimensions : 5.5 x 1 x 8.25 inches
- Publisher : Barron's Educational Series; 2nd edition (January 1, 2001)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,282,791 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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At the end of the book there is also a small grammar section that should be expanded by twenty or so pages. It should also suggest what verb tenses are used in spoken Italian and what you can usually find only in literature. For that use I purchased Essential Italian grammar by Olga Ragusa which is pretty thin but is just enough.
I would like this book to have additional textbook or some word exercises so I can quiz myself and review words at the end of the each chapter. This way it is a little hard to know which words you have really memorized after few days or few weeks.
I liked Barrons book "1100 words you need to know" I used for building English vocabulary and I would like to see a book like that written for building Italian vocabulary.
Many words include example sentences, which can be used to create flash cards (put a blank for the word, and an image to help you know the meaning you're looking for). Call-outs help point out words that need additional explanation. It also makes a distinction between the most essential words, and the "nice-to-know" more advanced terms.
For going from Italian to English, this is much more useful than a simple Italian-English dictionary for intermediate students (or even, I think, beginner students). It's excellent for keeping at your side if you're reading or translating an Italian text. For English to Italian, you can look the word up with a tool like Google Translate, but I like to check the translation I get and make sure it has the correct connotations.
Remember to use it with a tool like forvo.com so you can get native pronunciations!
Walter Moser, Newtown VIC, Australia.
When I first received the book, I was admittedly disappointed and considered returning the text. After going through the first few pages, however, I quickly changed my mind and realized what an amazing and comprehensive tool I was holding. Especially considering the price, this text should not be overlooked by anyone teaching herself Italian.