This issue features an original piece on the Italian city of Offida in Le Marche.
Your quickest route to learning Italian is through a solid grounding in grammar basics. Now don't be put off by the "G-word." What you won't find in this book is a lot of repetitive drills. Instead, you get an original, step-by-step approach to learning Italian based on the way people naturally acquire language.
From the very beginning, you are introduced to the most essential structures--allowing you to communicate in Italian almost immediately. Gradually, through a series of interconnected "steps," you logically progress to more common concepts that govern how Italian is spoken and written. And along the way you are introduced to hundreds of carefully selected verbs and vocabulary words presented on the basis of how often they are used in everyday Italian.
Guaranteed to get you quickly up and running with the knowledge and skills you need to communicate in Italian with confidence, Easy Italian Step-by-Step features:A unique "building-block" approach to mastering essential grammar, verbs, and vocabulary Down-to-earth explanations of important rules and concepts Hundreds of frequently used verbs and key terms a beginner should know Exercises to test what you've learned and measure progress Engaging readings that help you hone your skills in everyday contexts
As you progress in your study of Italian, you may feel overwhelmed by unfamiliar areas, such as knowing when to use essere versus avere; determining the gender of a noun; avoiding "false friends"; or understanding the use of the subjunctive in subordinate clauses. Author and teacher Alessandra Visconti is familiar with this situation and, more important, knows how her students--and now you--can overcome it. In Practice Makes Perfect: Italian Problem Solver, Visconti shares her arsenal of strategies on how to overcome these obstacles to your Italian mastery.
Practice Makes Perfect: Italian Problem Solver helps you understand topics that students typically find difficult. You will develop your skills and confidence as an Italian speaker with:Expert advice and guidance on overcoming common problems Practical examples with high-frequency vocabulary that clarify each point Highly varied and extensive exercises to practice what you've learned
Over 66 million people around the world speak Italian, and Italian remains a popular choice for American students studying a foreign language. Italian Verbs For Dummies is ideal for those who have a basic knowledge of Italian but wish to improve their fluency by mastering the nuances of Italian verbs. This plain-English guide provides coverage of basic sentence structure, moods, tenses, and regular and irregular verbs, along with exercises to make conjugating Italian verbs a snap. It can also serve as a supplementary resource for students to use alongside classroom books.
Teresa L. Picarazzi (Fairfield, CT) is currently Adjunct Professor of Italian at Fairfield University and a full-time Italian teacher at Trumbull High School.