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  • Paperback: 672 pages
  • Publisher: For Dummies (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 (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #6,804 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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6 books in 1

  • 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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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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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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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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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
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!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Excellent teach-yourself book Oct. 9 2013
By Stanley Hauer - Published on
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I was preparing for a trip to Italy in six months and needed something to help me brush up on my Italian. I admit I was never very good at this language--I had what they call "opera Italian," just enough to follow a Verdi libretto or read a simple book or newspaper. I trolled the bookshops and Amazon for a good while and examined a good many reference books to decide which one to get. I made the right choice.

This "Italian for Dummies" volume is exactly what I needed. It's over 600 pages long and actually contains five different textbooks: (1) the original "Dummies" primer, (2) an intermediate book, (3) a grammar textbook, (4) a separate book on verbs, and (5) a phrase-book for travelers. The so-called sixth volume is actually an expanded appendix with miscellaneous reference materials, a brief dictionary, some games, and a track-listing for a web component the publishers have issued.

The book (now I'm speaking of the set as a single enterprise) is well paced, both for the beginner or good amateur (like me). It gives a solid treatment of Italian conjugations, for verbs are the only part of speech in Italian grammar that might be called complicated. There are numerous text boxes and exercises for practical applications: counting, shopping lingo, films, popular music, just all sorts of things. It makes the study of language, which often can be a chore, into something pleasurable and fun. I'm really enjoying it so far.

It's a chunker of a book, so this isn't appropriate as a pocket reference, maybe not even a suitcase reference. But for what it is--a well-considered introduction to the Italian language--it succeeds admirably.

Highly recommended.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Dummy No More! Sept. 26 2013
By Ann Elliot - Published on
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Italian, I believe, is the most beautiful language to hear spoken or sung. I tried to learn Italian in an after-work class and by listening to Pimsleur tapes in the car. I didn't learn much Italian, but I learned that those methods don't work for me -- which qualifies me as one of the "dummies" invited to try this book.

The volume is massive at 648 pages. It is composed of six "books," from the basics in Book I and Book II through increasingly difficult constructions. I doubt I will ever get as far as "Putting gerunds in the present progressive" in Book V.

Online tapes are easily accessible through a "dummies" website so students can hear the dialogues from early in the book spoken by native speakers.

Book VI has mini-dictionaries, word searches and pictures with blanks to fill in naming, for instance, the rooms in a house.

The book is overflowing with helpful information about Italy, metric conversions and, my favorite, the many meanings of "prego," something that had always puzzled me.

The only difficulty with the book is its sheer size. I hoped to take it with me on a trip so I could study while I was away, but the bulky volume was too difficult to pack and to lug around. If I were lucky enough to be heading to Italy right now, I'd need to purchase more portable books to take along.