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Italian for Dummies (With CD-ROM)
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Discusses how to have everyday conversations in Italian, make sense of
Italian grammar, improve pronunciation, verb conjugations, and use idioms
and popular expressions. Softcover. CD-ROM included.
As society becomes more international in nature, knowing a few words in
other languages has become more useful. Perhaps you travel frequently
abroad, or your business requires you to travel overseas. Perhaps you have
friends and neighbors who speak other languages, or you want to find out
more about your heritage by learning a little bit of the language your
Whatever your reason for wanting to learn some Italian, Italian For
Dummies is the right book for you. Written in partnership with Berlitz ĘC
experts in helping people learn foreign languages ĘC this book gives you the
skills you need for basic communication in Italian, and it will get you well
on your way to becoming fluent. Just think what you're family and friends
will think when you order off the menu at your favorite Italian restaurant!
Italian For Dummies covers not only ordering at an Italian
restaurant, but also these topics:
- Basic spelling, grammar, and numbers
- Meeting and greeting, and making small talk
- Shopping, shopping, and even more shopping
- Going out on the town
- Business situations
- Traveling, checking into a hotel, and planning a trip
- Handling emergencies
- Top Ten lists with advice on how to pick up Italian quickly, things
you should never say in Italian, and favorite Italian expressions
The best thing about this book is that you can learn at your own pace;
for example, if you're planning a trip to Italy next year, sit down once or
twice a week with this book and go through the chapters that you'll think
you need for your trip. That's a lot easier than dragging yourself to a
class twice a week ĘC not to mention a lot more fun, too!
- Paperback: 372 pages
- Publisher: For Dummies; Book & CD edition (May 15, 2000)
- ISBN: 0764551965
- Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 7.4 x 1.0 inches
- Average Customer Review:
based on 4 reviews.
Avg. Customer Review:
5 of 14 people found the following review helpful:
May 9, 2004
H+E (Albuquerque, New
Mexico United States)
After reading the great reviews of this book, I was eager to start
learning Italian in anticipation of a trip to Italy. What a
disappointment this book is. In the introduction of this book it says,
"You don't want to have to memorize long lists of vocabulary words or a
bunch of boring grammar rules." It then goes on to do just that: lists
and rules to memorize from pages 9 to 40. It is indeed boring. If you
have to buy this book for some reason, skip these pages, and go back
after you've read Chapter 3: Bongiorno! Meeting and Greeting.
83 of 84 people found the following review helpful:
for limited long-term study, April 9, 2002
This is way to deep for those who wish to learn a little Italian for
that one-week vacation, but for those of you who have an extended
opportunities for limited interaction, this is the book for you.
Just like other books in the series, Dummies successfully "dumbs
down" Italian as much as possible, which is pretty hard to do with an
entire language. Although it is billed as being a Berlitz-written text,
the focus is primarily on grammar and pronunciation. There are some
entertaining dialogs, too.
It's easy to follow...much easier than comparable (an much more
expensive) text and CD combinations.
However, if you are just going on vacation, I recommend Fydor's
Italian Phrasebook. On the other hand, if you are really serious about
beginning Italian, or any other language, I strongly recommend the
Triple Play Plus series software. Together with the "Dummies" series,
you should be functional in no time.
80 of 81 people found the following review helpful:
for Students of Italian, February 12, 2001
Italian For Dummies is for the serious student who wishes to learn
the language. I didn't feel as if this book would help the traveler who
wishes to learn only a few "get by" lines. I am going through Italian
language lessons right now and I have purchased many many Italian books
and I still keep referring back to this Italian For Dummies. It is very
useful and very easy to use. Which is what the "For Dummies" series is
all about. If you want a start-up book which will help you learn the
language this is the one. If you are looking for a traveler's guide to
Italian I would suggest another book. Berlitz makes a nice Italian
phrase book if you just need to learn a little Italian.
57 of 60 people found the following review helpful:
for Travelers, November 22, 2000
I really like the set up of this book. I have been listening to
Italian audio tapes and that has helped with my Italian accent but I did
not know how the words were spelled. In some cases, I was mispronouncing
the words because I did not hear them correctly. Also, the tapes did not
deal with all of the things that I will have to know when I travel to
Italy next spring.
This book addresses the topics that I think I should know - how to
check into a hotel, order food, ask for directions, make a phone call,
go to the bank, go shopping, use a credit card, deal with an emergency,
talk to a doctor, etc.
The CD is a great bonus because you can listen to the conversations
along with the book. Overall, I did not feel overwhelmed because I can
look at a section at a time before my trip. Learning a foreign language
without attending a formal class is very difficult so I will be using
this book to supplement my audio tapes.
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