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Prego! An Invitation to Italian (Student Edition + Listening Comprehension Audio CD)

Title: Prego! An Invitation to Italian (Student Edition + Listening Comprehension Audio CD)

Author: Graziana Lazzarino
Format: Hardcover
List Price: $93.75
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Prego! An Invitation to Italian (Student Edition + Listening Comprehension Audio CD)

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Text: English, Italian--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Product Description:
This best-selling beginning Italian text offers a four-skills and communicative introduction to Italian language and culture. Three new co-authors join the most exciting and significant revision since the bookĄ¯s inception in 1980. The text provides communicative activities and a streamlined vocabulary and grammar presentation. The fifth edition captures contemporary Italian culture within a beautiful new design. The package for Prego! is now state of the art.

Product Details
  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Humanities/Social Sciences/Languages; 5 edition (May 18, 2000)
  • ISBN: 0072342218
  • Product Dimensions: 2.0 x 8.0 x 10.0 inches
  • Average Customer Review: based on 9 reviews.

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3 of 6 people found the following review helpful:

Not awful, but not perfect either, December 16, 2003

Reviewer: Kim "iwc2ufan" (Minneapolis, MN USA)

This is an alright text book. It does what it's meant to do. A person can learn Italian from this book as long as they are also in a class as well, but it definately has some flaws. One -it needs more examples of some of the more difficult grammar points. Two - the order is strange. Why did you start with avere? Somehow essere seems like a better place to start. And the chapter themes! They pretend that they have chapters arranged by topic, but it seems very haphazard to me. Also, several major grammatical topics are missing from this book, and as a result, many of my teachers have had to give us multiple hand outs to compensate. It's ok - but it could be a lot better.

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful:

Invaluable resource, January 14, 2003

Reviewer: Jason Pease (Voghera (PV), Italy)

I read this entire book across two college semesters before moving to Italy. After having spent $500 or so on Italian language books, this is one of the few that was worth the money. Even though I speak fluently, I still refer to this book frequently to resolve difficult tense questions or clarify grammar details. I highly recommend this book to any serious student.

10 of 10 people found the following review helpful:

Wait for the next edition, or stick to the 4th!!, July 28, 2002
Reviewer: A reader
I took 3 semesters of Italian, with each semester covering 1/3 of the book, so I completed the entire book. This book is good if you follow it in a traditional classroom setting, especially since the proffessor pointed out all the mistakes in this book, which unfortunately, are quite numerous for a textbook. I have also checked out the 4th edition, which is much better than this one as it is better structured and contains useful charts,(which are now omitted) and is thoroughly proofread. The 6th edition just came out, so hopefully it is an improvement from the 5th.

17 of 18 people found the following review helpful:

The newest edition of Prego! released 8/2000, April 7, 2001
Reviewer: A reader
As a former student, and now teacher of first year Italian at the university level, I found the previous editions of Prego! to be far superior than any other college Italian text available. I was, however, very disappointed by this edition and the number of mistakes and poor editing I found. Gone are the tables and charts which were so helpful. The literature sections are far too complicated for the beginner student. Had I been able to see this edition ahead of the deadline for ordering texts by begining of the semester, I would have seriously considered other options.

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful:

Good book for reference., March 27, 2001
Reviewer: A reader
I took the full course of italian a year ago and I find myself constantly referring to this book to double check my grammar. I think it's a great book. I could never sell it.

9 of 9 people found the following review helpful:

You Need This Book!, February 2, 2000
Reviewer: A reader
This book has proven the most helpful language book that I have ever used. The grammar is clearly presented and the text is interesting. Most importantly, it teaches italian as it is spoken in italy. Finally, there are numerous realistic and clearly helpful excercises at the end of each chapter. Yes, the price is high but I believe that one would need to use several other books in combination to achieve the level of this book. It will continue to help even advanced students of italian.

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