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.
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.
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