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Italian for Dummies (With CD-ROM)

Title: Italian for Dummies (With CD-ROM)

Author: Francesca Romana Onofri
Format: Paperback
List Price: $24.99
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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.

Product Description:
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 ancestors spoke.

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!


Product Details
  • 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.

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Avg. Customer Review:

5 of 14 people found the following review helpful:

disappointing, May 9, 2004

Reviewer: 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:

Good for limited long-term study, April 9, 2002

Reviewer: "cnglinguist" (Yokohama, Japan)

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:

Italian for Students of Italian, February 12, 2001

Reviewer: Wallace V. French III (Boston MA)   

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:

Italian for Travelers, November 22, 2000

Reviewer: Sharon from Alameda (Alameda, CA USA)

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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