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  • Paperback: 672 pages
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 1 edition (Sept. 3 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1118510607
  • ISBN-13: 978-1118510605
  • Product Dimensions: 18.8 x 3.7 x 23.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 998 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #78,038 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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  • Italian For Dummies
  • Intermediate Italian For Dummies
  • Italian Grammar For Dummies
  • Italian Verbs For Dummies
  • Italian Phrases For Dummies
  • Italian For Dummies Audio Set

Your all-encompassing guide to speaking, reading, and writing Italian

Buongiorno! Italian All-in-One For Dummies brings together content from the Italian Dummies library into one handy guide that covers all the bases of the Italian language. Plus, go beyond the book and get online for access to even more opportunities to practice speaking the language. If you want to improve your Italian, whether it's for work, travel, or enjoyment, Italian All-in-One For Dummies has you covered.

  • Talkin'the talk — explore some basic Italian pronunciations and phrases, common greetings, and everyday conversational topics
  • Out and about — get the know-how to confidently navigate public transportation, dine out, find a hotel, and handle an emergency in Italian-speaking regions
  • Get down with grammar — grasp the various parts of speech, including nouns, articles, pronouns, adjectives, adverbs, verbs, and tenses
  • If you build it... — find out how to build compound tenses, use reflexive verbs in the past, master the past conditional and past perfect, get a grip on progressing through gerunds in Italian, and more

Open the book and find:

  • Popular Italian phrases and expressions
  • How to get numbers, dates, and times in line
  • Tips for asking and answering questions
  • How to make Italian sentences grammatically correct
  • Correct ways to use verbs, tenses, and moods in Italian
  • Italian-English and English-Italian mini-dictionaries
  • Verb tables for conjugating commonly used verbs
  • Games and exercises

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I received this product in the mail a few days ago. I am hoping to learn enough Italian to travel to Italy in the near future. My family fluently speaks Italian and I am finding that picking up the language with my very basic understanding and this book is great. I am only on the first chapter, but I find the readability to be great.
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I have taken intro to Italian a few times now at my local adult education centre & found this book a great supplement to use for reviewing Italian. (For example: some of the interesting cultural tips and facts about Italy were not things that I was made aware of during my classes.)
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Italian All-In-One for dummies

Excellent, as per all the "for Dummies" publications. Great guide and reference material. Grazie tante

Jacques D.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
All in one is right! Oct. 30 2013
By Jeanne Tassotto - Published on
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This is, as described, a compilation of six books on the Italian language from the 'For Dummies' series. The beginning section/book is an appropriate starting point for some one who speaks no Italian. Each new concept is carefully explained, needed vocabulary supplied. The lessons presented cover situations that might actually really be useful - no time spent on locating the 'pen of my aunt' or interrogating chambermaids about missing brown socks. In addition to teaching about the Italian language sections concerning Italian customs, etiquette etc are also included. Just the sort of information that anyone traveling to Italy will truly need.

The second through fifth sections/books build on this foundation, introducing additional vocabulary and sentence structures in the context of plausible travel situations. The third section/book approaches the study of the language in a more formal manner, focusing on various parts of speech. Section/book four is entitled 'Mastering Italian Verbs and Tenses' which it then proceeds to cover in a very easy to follow format. The fifth section/book addresses the more complex compound tenses, again using a very logical easy to follow format. The final section/book entitled 'Appendixes' is a very useful compilation of reference materials: Verb Tables, English/Italian & Italian/English dictionaries, supplemental learning materials for the preceding chapters and a guide to the audio tracks.

Any student of the Italian language, no matter what their level of accomplishment could benefit from some part of this book. It is a very worthwhile investment for anyone ranging from a traveler preparing for their first trip to Italy to a more serious student who is seeking an easily accessible reference source.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
A lot of Book for the Money Oct. 21 2013
By Lynn May - Published on
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I was not really expecting to be impressed by a language book. I've purchased
Dummies books before and found them easy to use, but this one is really
packed full and has internet links for more help with pronouncing words, etc.
It really is an "All in One" for Italian and far more than what I expect to ever use.
With one trip to Italy under my belt already I found myself wanting to learn more than
just the very basics. As I'm very visual I thought a book might be better than the
audio language disks that I had purchased in the past.
It starts with the basics and then takes you on to writing and understanding grammar.

If you just want some basic information then the first section or the first two sections
will do it. If you get much braver then you can delve into really understanding the use
of masculine and feminine word usage. I tried this in high school with french and barely
got by in France, but it was a good experience for the "romantic" languages or the latin
based. I also lived in the southwestern part of the U.S. for many years and picked up
a bit of southwest spanish. Oddly, it helped me understand a bit of the Italian, but not
enough to really speak well.

Don't get overwhelmed if you are a beginner, if you don't want to use the whole book
then just use the bits that fit you. It's also very helpful if you have some knowledge
and want to really study up and do more than just get by.
Remember it has some net links to use and those who are audio inclined will
really appreciate this. The book does break down word pronunciation very well and in a format that
I found useful and familiar.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Step by step advances for beginners to knowledgeable students Sept. 22 2013
By Grady Harp - Published on
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This particular edition of the `for Dummies' cycle is a true bargain. Yes, the book is hefty but very inexpensive for all the data that you can gain form opening the pages. There have been other volumes from the ITALIAN FOR DUMMIES book s but here the essences of each of the book previously available - 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.

The main reason this series works so well, especially in this incarnation, is the fact that it is geared to the practical aspects of learning a language. Yes, the essentials in grammar and sentence structure and phrasing are here - those aspects that usually we sit through a semester or two of classes to absorb. But in this book the authors know why we are turning to a fast book such as this - to learn some basics quickly so that those basics can be immediately absorbed and put to use in travel, in conversation with visitors from Italy, and for understanding instructions and business interactions that arise when you don't expect them. As promised, inside these covers are popular Italian phrases and, expressions, how to get numbers, dates, and times in line, tips for asking and answering questions, how to make Italian sentences grammatically correct, correct ways to use verbs, tenses, and moods in Italian, Italian-English and English-Italian mini-dictionaries, verb tables for conjugating commonly used verbs, and games and exercises.

In addition to the information in the book this series of books (for that is what it actually is - a series) connects us with a place on the Internet where we can hear and learn to pronounce words and sentences like a native! That is o say, no CDs here - juts plug into the ether and take the info along with you on travel, for idle hours for practice, and for brushing up what you may already have learned. Highly recommended. Grady Harp, September 13
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Six separate books in one bundle! Oct. 2 2013
By Richard Staats - Published on
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The Dummies' guide series has been iconic or years with good cause.

Learning a foreign language can be a challenge, but this book makes it easier to learn Italian.

The first book, "Speaking Italian in Everyday Settings," gets you speaking Italian and seeing its applications immediately. It finishes up with shopping, food, and drink.

Book two, "Exploring and Walking Around," is another primer, but its examples cover new material. Repetition of the basics is a good thing for the new language student.

The third book tackles grammar and gives the Italian student a chance to extend the specifics learned in the first two books to more general cases rather than specific situations.

Anyone who has studied Latin or French knows that moods, tensions, and declensions are where some real challenges lie for monolingual, English speakers. Fortunately, the meat of this study occurs in books four and five.

Finally, book six is the compendium of dictionaries, exercises, tables, etc.

This is a great book to take you from zero to mid-level proficiency.

In service,

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Great introduction and reference to the Italian language Nov. 20 2013
By Jamie Wilson - Published on
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I took 4 semesters worth of Italian as an undergrad. Unfortunately, lack of use since has really dulled my skills and I've been anxious to refresh them. I've become a reluctant fan of the "For Dummies" books for their no-nonsense approach to subjects and this book (which is basically 5 books in one) is just what I need. The authors assume the reader/student has little or no background in the Italian language and starts off with the basics of proper pronunciation and works right into some common phrases--which is great. It's always exciting to be able to start communicating with useful phrases and responses without having to learn all the rules of grammar, days of the week, months of the year, numbers and things like that before getting to the fun stuff. All of those things are in here, but the authors seem to understand the motivation boost one gets from being able to communicate, even in small doses.

I received this through Amazon Vine, which only gives me 30 days to review it--so I haven't had a chance to thoroughly study the material and give a comprehensive review. However, based on my experience as a university Italian language student, this looks to be a solid book for beginners and would have been useful to me as a student. I love that the authors emphasize proper pronunciation with words sounded out in parentheses next to the Italian words and phrases so readers get that drilled into their heads early on. The layout of the book makes it easy to use as a reference, too, which is immensely useful. I can, for instance, jump back to the "Exploring and Wandering About" chapter and quickly find a list of common phrases for asking and understanding directions. I love it!