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Rick Steves' Italian Phrase Book and Dictionary
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Text: English, Italian--This text refers to an out of print or
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Buon giorno! From ordering calamari in Venice to making new friends in
Tuscan hill towns, it helps to speak some of the native tongue. Rick Steves,
bestselling author of travel guides to Europe, offers well-tested phrases
and key words to cover every situation a traveler is likely to encounter.
This handy guide provides key phrases for use in everyday circumstances,
complete with phonetic spelling; an English-Italian and Italian-English
dictionary; the latest information on European currency and rail
transportation, and even a tear-out cheat sheet for continued language
practice as you wait in line at the Sistine Chapel. Informative, concise,
and practical, Rick Steves' Italian Phrase Book and Dictionary is an
essential item for any traveler's zainetto.
- Paperback: 224 pages
- Publisher: Avalon Travel Publishing; 5th Biling edition (May,
- ISBN: 1566915201
- Product Dimensions: 6.0 x 4.0 x 0.5 inches
- Average Customer Review:
based on 10 reviews.
Avg. Customer Review:
33 of 33 people found the following review helpful:
Useful and Entertaining!, May 23, 2002
A friend bought Rick Steves' Italian Phrase Book & Dictionary for
me last summer before I embarked on my first trip abroad. My Italian
speaking friend had actually lived in Italy for a few years, and after
careful consideration, felt that this phrase book/guide would be
useful for me. He was absolutely right.
The book proved to be invaluable. It was compact enough that I
could carry it around with me in a small purse/backpack that I carried
with me throughout my entire trip. I did not speak any Italian
whatsoever, and found the words and phrases in the book to be exactly
what I needed to get around and communicate effectively. I especially
appreciated the pronunciation guide to each Italian word in the book-
that was extremely helpful. The practical advice given throughout the
book proved to be invaluable, as well as humorous, and the menu
decoder was also of particular help. I quickly got over any "qualms" I
may have had over appearing too "touristy" on my trip and used the
phrase book repeatedly as it proved to be a most definate asset. Thank
you Rick Steves' for so accurately predicting the needs of the average
beginning traveler. The book greatly enhanced a most wonderful
traveling experience. In fact, I am still studying it in anticipation
of my next trip to Italy.
37 of 38 people found the following review helpful:
February 22, 2001
Now if you read this book, you'd know what that means (Can I help
you. Do you speak Italian? Here it is). It's not a high school
langauge class, but it's a lot more fun, and with some time you'll get
I think Rick does a great job is laying out the phrases that you'll
need if you go to Italy. We're going in a few weeks, and it's really
helping. Now if he could only improve the memory.
The book is small, will fit in a shirt pocket. It's broken down
into sections (basics, eating, chating, etc.) so you can focus in on a
section that you need, master it, then move to another section. After
you've been through it all, you can then start combining different
phrases and make some great sentences. It's got a lot of mnaterial in
it, so start early when you decide to use it.
Thanks Rick, I actually feel that I can go into the Italian world
and be somewhat understood. And, not to worry, I'll smile as I butcher
the language, use my hands a lot, and laugh at the whole thing.
useful pocket translation guide, November 9, 2004
This book was a great help during my recent trip to Italy. I liked
that Rick Steve's would also add a little bit of the culture and
things you should note in here. In the restaurant guide he gives you
suggestions, and the fact that your going to pay a bread charge when
you sit down at a restaurant. While this book is not complete with all
of the words you may need. This coupled with patient folks, you will
get what you need.
I think this book is a good starting point, and certainly helped me
out as a tourist. I was able to order in a restaurant, get subway
directions, receive assistance in a shop without too much trouble.
This was one of my best investments on my trip.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful:
you need to say - and more, June 1, 2004
Of course, it has the obvious phrases regarding directions, hotel
rooms, food, etc. It also has things you really need to say, but that
aren't found in standard phrase books. For example, in the "Taxi"
section, you can quickly find out how to tell the driver, "If you
don't slow down, I will vomit!" There is just enough humor to keep you
smiling without wasting your time, and succintly hepful comments
throughout. This is the phrase book to get for your next trip to
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful:
useful, May 16, 2004
Reviewer: A reader
I love Rick Steves, but this book is too broken up into categories to
use very well. We read all the great reviews on this prior to our trip
and bought it - mistake. Any time we wanted to look up a word it
wasn't in there (first example coming to mind, BLACK! - it was in the
Italian to English, but you'd have to be translating that direction
only). It's good for a laugh and has funny translations, like slow
down the car or i will vomit, but realistically, will you really use
that (OK, in Italy if not elsewhere, but it's not something you'd look
up at that moment feeling that way). Impractical is the best
description of this book
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful:
to use, fun, and a great help, November 16, 2003
Reviewer: A reader
I used this phrasebook while in Florence in November 2003 and found it
very easy to use and helpful. It even made me laugh: what other
phrasebook would tell you how to say "I'm a pest" or how to talk with
animals? I should add that I studied Italian over 40 years ago, so the
language wasn't totally strange to me. The desk clerk at my hotel
noticed the phrasebook and commented that it was very good. A street
vendor told me I spoke pretty good Italian "for an American."
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