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Beschreibung

The fun and easy way to take your Italian language skills to the next level

The tips, techniques, and information presented here give students, travelers, and businesspeople a primer on how to speak Italian. Complete with updates, a bonus CD, and the traditional For Dummies user-friendly format, this new edition of Italian For Dummies gives you reliable lessons, practice, and language learning techniques for speaking Italian with ease and confidence.

Featuring a revamped, user-friendly organization that builds on your knowledge and ability, Italian For Dummies offers expanded coverage of the necessary grammar, major verb tenses, and conjugations that beginners need to know. Plus, you'll get a fully updated and expanded audio CD that includes real-life conversations; a refreshed and expanded mini-dictionary; more useful exercises and practice opportunities; and more.

  • Builds on your skills and ability as you learn
  • Covers the grammar, verb tenses, and conjugations you need to know
  • Includes a mini-dictionary
  • Audio CD includes real-life conversations

If you're looking to reach a comfort level in conversational Italian, Italian For Dummies gets you comfortably speaking this Romantic language like a native.



Berlitz has taught languages to millions of people for more than 130 years. Francesca Romana Onofri and Karen Antje Moller are veteran language teachers. Teresa L. Picarazzi, PhD, teaches Italian at The Hopkins School and has lived and worked in Cortona, Florence, Ravenna, Siena, and Urbino.



Autorentext

Berlitz has taught languages to millions of people for more than 130 years. Francesca Romana Onofri and Karen Antje Moller are veteran language teachers. Teresa L. Picarazzi, PhD, teaches Italian at The Hopkins School and has lived and worked in Cortona, Florence, Ravenna, Siena, and Urbino.



Klappentext

Learn to speak Italian with ease and confidence

Buon giorno! If you're looking to reach a comfort level in conversational Italian, this hands-on, friendly guide gets you speaking like a native. Here, you'll find expanded coverage of the necessary grammar, major verb tenses, and conjugations that beginners need to know. Plus, you'll get a fully updated and expanded audio CD that includes real-life conversations, a refreshed and expanded mini-dictionary, more useful exercises and practice opportunities, and more.

  • Italian 101 learn how to pronounce the Italian alphabet, numbers, and common words, and get a handle on the basic grammar you'll need to know as you're working through the book

  • Ciao down start practicing your Italian-speaking skills in everyday situations, like asking for directions to the Colosseum or expressing your love for espresso

  • Start talkin' the talk get the know-how to confidently navigate public transportation, find a hotel room, change money, and handle an emergency on your excursion in Italy

  • The power of dieci (ten) discover ten ways to pick up Italian quickly, ten things never to say in Italian, ten favorite Italian expressions, and ten phrases that'll make people think you're a local

Open the book and find:

  • How to make sense of Italian grammar

  • Tips to improve your pronunciation

  • Strategies to get a handle on verb conjugations

  • Idioms and popular expressions

  • Advice on getting around in Italy

  • Fun games and activities to reinforce learning

  • Dialogues throughout the book and on the accompanying CD

Bonus CD Includes

Over 30 real-life conversations that reinforce lessons from the book

Learn to:

  • Speak Italian quickly and effectively

  • Grasp basic grammar, vocabulary, and pronunciations

Practice along with the accompanying audio CD



Zusammenfassung
The fun and easy way to take your Italian language skills to the next level

The tips, techniques, and information presented here give students, travelers, and businesspeople a primer on how to speak Italian. Complete with updates, a bonus CD, and the traditional For Dummies user-friendly format, this new edition of Italian For Dummies gives you reliable lessons, practice, and language learning techniques for speaking Italian with ease and confidence.

Featuring a revamped, user-friendly organization that builds on your knowledge and ability, Italian For Dummies offers expanded coverage of the necessary grammar, major verb tenses, and conjugations that beginners need to know. Plus, you'll get a fully updated and expanded audio CD that includes real-life conversations; a refreshed and expanded mini-dictionary; more useful exercises and practice opportunities; and more.

  • Builds on your skills and ability as you learn
  • Covers the grammar, verb tenses, and conjugations you need to know
  • Includes a mini-dictionary
  • Audio CD includes real-life conversations

If you're looking to reach a comfort level in conversational Italian, Italian For Dummies gets you comfortably speaking this Romantic language like a native.



Inhalt

Introduction 1

About This Book 1

Conventions Used in This Book 1

Foolish Assumptions 3

How This Book is Organized 3

Part I: Getting Started 3

Part II: Italian in Action 3

Part III: Italian on the Go 4

Part IV: The Part of Tens 4

Part V: Appendixes 4

Icons Used in This Book 4

Where to Go from Here 5

Part I: Getting Started 7

Chapter 1: Saying It Like It is 9

You Already Know Some Italian! 9

Cognates 11

Popular expressions 11

Mouthing Off: Basic Pronunciation 12

The Alphabet 13

Vowels 13

Consonants 15

Stressing Words Properly 19

Using Gestures 20

Chapter 2: Jumping Into the Basics of Italian 21

Setting Up Simple Sentences 21

Coping with Gendered Words (Articles, Nouns, and Adjectives) 22

Nouns and gender 22

The indefinite articles 23

Definite articles 24

Adjectives 25

Talking about Pronouns 26

Personal pronouns 27

Saying you: Formal and informal 27

Verbs 28

Introducing regular and irregular verbs 28

Idiomatic uses of avere 32

Having to, wanting to, being able to 37

Presenting the Simple Tenses: Past, Present, and Future 38

Chapter 3: Buongiorno! Salutations! 43

Looking at Common Greetings and Good-byes 43

Deciding between formal or friendly 45

Replying to a greeting 45

Specifying your reuniting 46

Making Introductions 47

Introducing yourself 47

Introducing other people 50

Getting Acquainted 53

Finding out whether someone speaks Italian 53

Talking about where you come from 54

Extending and responding to invitations 60

Chapter 4: Getting Your Numbers and Time Straight 63

Counting Numbers 63

Times of Day and Days of the Week 66

Using the Calendar and Making Dates 68

Making dates 69

Telling time 70

Chatting about the Weather 72

Familiarizing Yourself with the Metric System 77

Length and Distance 78

Weight 78

Part II: Italian in Action 83

Chapter 5: Casa dolce casa (Home Sweet Home) 85

Ordering Ordinals 85

Inhabiting Your Home 87

Hunting for an apartment 87

Sprucing up your apartment 92

Furnishing your new pad 93

Housekeeping in style 95

Cooking and cleaning 98

Doing household chores 100

Chapter 6: Where is the Colosseum? Asking Directions 103

Finding Your Way: Asking for Specific Places 103

Mapping the quarters and following directions 105

Verbs on the Move 109

Locations You May Be Looking For 113

Chapter 7: Food Glorious Food and Don't Forget the Drink 119

Eating, Italian Style 119

Drinking, Italian Style 119

Expressing your love for espresso 120

Beverages with even more of a kick 121

The Start and End of Dining Out 123

Making reservations 124

Paying for your meal 125

Having Breakfast 126

Eating Lunch 127

Enjoying Dinner 129

Shopping for Food 132

Al macellaio (ahl mah-chehl-lahy-oh) (at the butcher's) 132

Pesce (fish) (peh-sheh) 133

At the panetteria (breadshop) 134

Chapter 8: Shopping, Italian Style 139

Clothing Yourself 139

Deciding between department stores and boutiques 139

Sizing up Italian sizes 143

Talking definitely and indefinitely 144

Coloring your words 145

Accessorizing 147

Produktinformationen

Titel: Italian For Dummies
Autor:
EAN: 9781118138670
ISBN: 978-1-118-13867-0
Digitaler Kopierschutz: Adobe-DRM
Format: E-Book (pdf)
Herausgeber: For Dummies
Genre: Fremdsprachige Wörterbücher
Anzahl Seiten: 408
Veröffentlichung: 28.07.2011
Jahr: 2011
Auflage: 2. Aufl.
Untertitel: Englisch
Dateigrösse: 12.9 MB