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Italian For Dummies, 2nd Edition

Francesca Romana Onofri, Karen Antje Möller, Teresa L. Picarazzi

ISBN: 978-1-118-25876-7 March 2012 408 Pages


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.

Introduction 1

Part I: Getting Started 7

Chapter 1: Saying It Like It Is 9

Chapter 2: Jumping Into the Basics of Italian 21

Chapter 3: Buongiorno! Salutations! 43

Chapter 4: Getting Your Numbers and Time Straight 63

Part II: Italian in Action 83

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

Chapter 6: Where Is the Colosseum? Asking Directions 103

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

Chapter 8: Shopping, Italian Style 139

Chapter 9: Having Fun Out on the Town 151

Chapter 10: Taking Care of Business and Telecommunicating 173

Chapter 11: Recreation and the Outdoors 191

Part III: Italian on the Go 207

Chapter 12: Planning a Trip 209

Chapter 13: Money, Money, Money 221

Chapter 14: Getting Around: Planes, Trains, Taxis, and Buses 233

Chapter 15: Finding a Place to Stay 255

Chapter 16: Handling Emergencies 271

Chapter 17: Small Talk, Wrapping Things Up 293

Part IV: The Part of Tens 313

Chapter 18: Ten Ways to Pick Up Italian Quickly 315

Chapter 19: Ten Things Never to Say in Italian 319

Chapter 20: Ten Favorite Italian Expressions 323

Chapter 21: Ten Phrases to Say So That People Think You're Italian 327

Part V: Appendixes 331

Appendix A: Verb Tables 333

Appendix B: Dictionaries 347

Appendix C: About the CD 359

Appendix D: Answer Keys 361

Index 369