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Italian All-in-One For Dummies

Italian All-in-One For Dummies

Antonietta Di Pietro, Francesca Romana Onofri, Teresa L. Picarazzi, Karen Antje Möller, Daniela Gobetti, Beth Bartolini-Salimbeni

ISBN: 978-1-118-51057-5

Aug 2013

672 pages



Learn to speak Italian like a native? Easy.

Italian All-in-One For Dummies appeals to those readers looking for a comprehensive, all-encompassing guide to mastering the Italian language. It contains content from all For Dummies Italian language instruction titles, including Italian For Dummies, Intermediate Italian For Dummies, Italian Verbs For Dummies, Italian Phrases For Dummies, Italian Grammar For Dummies, and Italian For Dummies Audio Set.

  • Offers readers interested in learning Italian a valuable reference to all aspects of this popular language
  • The content appeals to students, travelers, and businesspeople who visit Italian-speaking countries
  • An online companion site allows you to download audio tracks allows for more practice opportunities, as well as additional content empowering you to speak Italian like a native

Whether you're a pure beginner or have some familiarity with the language, Italian All-in-One For Dummies, with downloadable audio practice online, is your ticket to speaking, and writing, Italian.

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Introduction 1

Book I: Speaking Italian in Everyday Settings 5

Chapter 1: Exploring Pronunciations and Italian You May Already Know 7

Chapter 2: Dealing with Numbers, Dates, and Time 21

Chapter 3: Buongiorno! Salutations! 41

Chapter 4: Making Small Talk 55

Chapter 5: Casa Dolce Casa: Home Sweet Home 67

Chapter 6: Using the Phone and Talking Business 81

Chapter 7: Food, Glorious Food, and Drink 97

Chapter 8: Shopping, Italian-Style 115

Book II: Exploring and Wandering About 133

Chapter 1: Where Is the Colosseum? Asking Directions 135

Chapter 2: Having Fun Out on the Town 147

Chapter 3: Exploring the Outdoors, Sports, and Hobbies 163

Chapter 4: Planning a Trip 179

Chapter 5: Money, Money, Money 189

Chapter 6: Getting Around: Planes, Trains, Taxis, and Buses 199

Chapter 7: Finding a Place to Stay 215

Chapter 8: Handling Emergencies 223

Book III: Grasping Basic Grammar Essentials for Communication 239

Chapter 1: What Do You Know? Parts of Speech 241

Chapter 2: Noun and Article Basics: Gender and Number 253

Chapter 3: All about Pronouns 267

Chapter 4: Adjectives, Adverbs, and Comparisons 281

Chapter 5: Meeting the Challenge of Prepositions 297

Chapter 6: Demonstrative, Indefi nite, and Possessive Qualifiers 307

Chapter 7: Making Connections with Conjunctions and Relative Pronouns 323

Chapter 8: Asking and Answering Questions 335

Book IV: Mastering Italian Verbs and Tenses 345

Chapter 1: Jumping into Action with Italian Regular Verbs 347

Chapter 2: Talking in the Present Tense with Irregular Verbs 361

Chapter 3: Using Refl exive Forms and the Imperative Mood 375

Chapter 4: Declaring Your Likes (And Dislikes) with Piacere 389

Chapter 5: The Future Tense and the Conditional Mood 403

Chapter 6: Getting into the Subjunctive Mood 415

Book V: Building Compound Tenses 433

Chapter 1: Been There, Done That: Talking in the Past Tense 435

Chapter 2: Refl exive Verbs in the Past 451

Chapter 3: Second-Guessing Actions with the Past Conditional and Past Perfect 461

Chapter 4: I Hope That You’ve Had Fun! The Subjunctive Mood in the Past 469

Chapter 5: “If” Clauses, the Impersonal, and the Passive 477

Chapter 6: Progressing through Gerunds in Italian ...487

Book VI: Appendixes 493

Appendix A: Verb Tables 495

Appendix B: Italian-English Mini-Dictionary 529

Appendix C: English-Italian Mini-Dictionary 545

Appendix D: Fun & Games 561

Appendix E: Audio Tracks 615

Index 619