Synopses & Reviews
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 - experts in helping people learn foreign languages - 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 - not to mention a lot more fun, too!
Whether you are moving to Italy or just planning a vacation, you’ll want to know some key words and phrases to make sure everything’s va bene
Italian For Dummies Audio Set has everything you need to introduce you to the language so that you can start to communicate with other Italian speakers (without memorizing a bunch of boring grammar notes and long vocabulary lists!). Each of the three hour-long CDs is filled with interesting conversation topics that allow you to listen to what you want to listen at your own pace. Soon, you’ll be able to communicate in Italian about:
- Work, jobs, and office life
- Making small talk
- Traveling and making arrangements
- Asking for directions
- Getting help and assistance
- Ordering at a restaurant
- Booking a room in a hotel
- Exchanging money at the bank
- Shopping in a store or boutique
Along with all these topics, these CDs cover essential rules and building blocks of the Italian language, such as verb conjugation, tenses, and sentence structure, as well as a list of essential words. With this beginner audio set, you can pop any of the CDs in your CD player or computer and discover the joy and fun of speaking Italian!
3 hours of instruction on 3 CDs!
The fun and easy way® to communicate effectively in a new language!
Want to speak Italian? Don't have a lot of time? This practical audio set is designed to help you learn quickly and easily at home or on the road. From basic greetings and expressions to grammar and conversations, you'll grasp the essentials and start communicating right away! Plus, you can follow along with the handy 96-page portable guide filled with the words and phrases you'll hear on the CDs, plus a mini dictionary.
- Handle greetings and introductions
Ask questions and understand answers
Build your vocabulary
Talk about numbers, time, and the calendar
Ask for directions
Get help at a hotel, the bank, or a store
About the Author
Teresa L. Picarazzi has a PhD in Italian Literature and has taught Italian at The Hopkins School, Dartmouth College, The University of Arizona, and Wesleyan University.