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  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Alpha; 3 edition (Sept. 6 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1592572766
  • ISBN-13: 978-1592572762
  • Product Dimensions: 18.6 x 2.7 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 680 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #286,685 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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GABRIELLE EUVINO, author of The Complete Idiot’s Guide® to Learning Italian, has been teaching Italian since 1986 and is the president and founder of La Bella Lingua, an educational immersion program where students visit Italian historical landmarks while learning the language and culture of Italy. She teaches Italian at the Learning Annex in New York City.


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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By "rlsny" on Dec 18 2001
Format: Paperback
Learning a new language is very daunting. There is not only an overwhelming amount of information to process, but then to memorize and recall in order to use correctly and communicate effectively on the spot say on some beautifully, cobblestoned via in Rome. It is intimidating. A new language is hard.
But, I had a very strong desire to be able to do just that. To go to Italy and be able to walk down the streets and stroll through the piazzas and experience this absolutely, amazing country with more than just my eyes. I wanted to be able to TALK with the people whom I have come to know as the most charming and generous people.
To learn the basics of the language, I used "The Complete Idiot's Guide to Learning Italian" by Gabrielle Euvino. The book takes what I found to be an overwhelming information and lays it out like a sumptuous smorgasbord. First the antipasti (appetizers)- rules, structure and tense- the basics. Then the primi piatti (first courses) some phrases and building on more layers of nuance that is the Italian language. Continuing right through contorni and secondi piatti, and finally dolci. All together, an Italian language feast! This book has given me a great foundation on which to continue to build my love for Italy and the language.
Do not be overwhelmed. Buy it, read it at a comfortable pace and before long you are amore Italia-in love with Italy.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 28 2004
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I have always wanted to learn Italian. In my opinion it is the most Romantic, culture reflective language out there. I have always dreamed of traveling to Italy and experiencing all the history behind it with the art, architecture, food, music and scenery but I was intimidated by the language. I noticed that this book recieved wonderful reviews and I have had sucess with Idiot's Guides in the past. This one was no different. It is broken down in easy to understand, step-by-step instruction where you gradually build on what you know. Pronunciation is broken down for you. I havent even finnished it and I feel like I'm well on my way to my dream. It has an extensive glossary for english/italian translations and is perfect for beginners starting with the basics and climbing upward.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Henry Urbanksi,Ph.D on Dec 18 2001
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I found Gabrielle Euvino's "The Complete Idiots Guide to Learning Italian", Second Edition useful and fun to read & work with. The vocabulary,phrases and situations presented are down to earth, very practical and surprisingly comprehensive & exhaustive.
Ms. Euvino's love for the Ialian language and culture is quite apparent throughout the book. It is a "can do" book anbd her enthusiam for learning Italian is contagious. A wonderful resource. I recommend it highly.
Henry Urbanksi, Ph.D,
Director,Language Immersion Institute
State University of New York at New Paltz
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