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