Italian for Dummies�

ISBN-10: 0764551965
ISBN-13: 9780764551963
Edition: 2000
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Description: This guide will help the reader to start speaking Italian quickly and easily. It includes practical lessons, cultural facts and references, a dictionary, common verb lists and an audio CD for practical listening exercises.

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Book details

List price: $24.99
Copyright year: 2000
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Incorporated
Publication date: 5/22/2000
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 408
Size: 7.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.606

This guide will help the reader to start speaking Italian quickly and easily. It includes practical lessons, cultural facts and references, a dictionary, common verb lists and an audio CD for practical listening exercises.

Introduction
About This Book
Conventions Used in This Book
Foolish Assumptions
How This Book Is Organized
Icons Used in This Book
Where to Go from Here
Getting Started
You Already Know a Little Italian
You Already Know Some Italian!
Cognates
Popular expressions
Mouthing Off: Basic Pronunciation
Vowels
Consonants
Stressing Words Properly
Using Gestures
The Nitty Gritty: Basic Italian Grammar and Numbers
Setting Up Simple Sentences
Coping with Gendered Words (Articles and Adjectives)
Definite feminine articles
Definite masculine articles
The indefinite feminine article
The indefinite masculine articles
Adjectives
Talking about Pronouns
Personal pronouns
Direct object pronouns
Indirect object pronouns
Saying "you": Formal and informal
Discovering Interrogative Pronouns
Introducing Regular and Irregular Verbs
Regular verbs
Irregular verbs
Presenting the Simple Tenses: Past, Present, and Future
Past tense
Present tense
Future tense
Counting Numbers
Italian in Action
Buongiorno! Meeting and Greeting
Looking at Common Greetings and Good-byes
Deciding whether to address someoneformally or informally
Replying to a greeting
Using body language
Specifying your reuniting
Making Introductions
Introducing yourself
Introducing other people
Getting Acquainted
Finding out whether someone speaks English
Talking about where you come from
Being you, being there: Using the verbs "essere" and "stare" to describe things
Extending and responding to invitations
Getting to Know You: Making Small Talk
Asking Simple Questions
Begging Your Pardon?
Talking about Yourself and Your Family
Chatting about the Weather
Talking Shop
Getting Addresses and Phone Numbers
Food, Glorious Food--and Don't Forget the Drink
Eating and Drinking Italian Style
Drinking, Italian Style
Expressing your love for espresso
Beverages with even more of a kick
The Start and Finish of Dining Out
Making reservations
Paying for your meal
Having Breakfast
Eating Lunch
Enjoying Dinner
Savoring Dessert
Shopping for Food
Shopping Made Easy
Clothing Yourself
Departmentalizing your shopping
Sizing up Italian sizes
Talking definitely: Definite articles
Coloring your words
Materializing fabrics
Accessorizing
Stepping out in style
Having a Good Time Out on the Town
Times of Day and Days of the Week
Acquiring Culture
Going to the movies
Going to the theater
Going to a museum
Going to a concert
Inviting Fun
Having Fun Italian Style
Taking a Tour
Speaking Reflexively
Playing Sports
Talking about Hobbies and Interests
Talking on the Phone
Chatting on the Phone
Calling from a public phone
Calling for business or pleasure
Making Arrangements over the Phone
Asking for People and Getting the Message
What Did You Do Last Weekend?--Talking about the Past
At the Office and Around the House
Discussing Your Job
The human element
Office equipment
A typical job advertisement
Inhabiting Your Home
Hunting for an apartment
Sprucing up your apartment
Bending Others to Your Will: Imperatives
Italian on the Go
Money, Money, Money
Going to the Bank
Changing Money
Using Credit Cards
Looking at Various Currencies
Where Is the Colosseum? Asking Directions
Finding Your Way: Asking for Specific Places
Mapping the quarters and following directions
Ordering ordinals
Quant'e lontano?: Asking how far
Verbs on the Move
Locations You May Be Looking For
Checking into a Hotel
Reserving a Room
Checking In
Using Plurals and Pronouns
Making more in Italian
Personalizing pronouns
Getting Around: Planes, Trains, Taxis, and Buses
Getting through the Airport
Checking in
Dealing with excess baggage
Waiting to board the plane
Coping after landing
Going through Customs
Renting a Car
Navigating Public Transportation
Calling a taxi
Moving by train
Going by bus or tram
Reading maps and schedules
Being Early or Late
Planning a Trip
Deciding When and Where to Go
Booking a Trip
Arriving and Leaving: The Verbs "Arrivare" and "Partire"
Traveling to Foreign Lands
Using the Simple Future Tense
Handling Emergencies
Dealing with Car Trouble
Talking to Doctors
Describing what ails you
Understanding professional medical vocabulary
I've Been Robbed! Knowing What to Do and Say When the Police Arrive
When You Need a Lawyer: Protecting Your Rights
The Part of Tens
Ten Ways to Pick Up Italian Quickly
Read Italian Food Labels
Ask for Food in Italian
Listen to Italian Songs
Read Italian Publications
Watch Italian Movies
Listen to Italian Radio Programs
Listen to Italian Language Tapes
Share Your Interest
Surf the Net
Don't Take It Too Seriously
Ten Things Never to Say in Italian
Ciao-ing Down
Don't Be Literal
Four Fickle "False Friends"
How Many Years Do You Have?
The Problem with "Play"
Being Careful of Cognates
Ten Favorite Italian Expressions
Mamma mia!
Che bello!
Uffa!
Che ne so!
Magari!
Ti sta bene!
Non te la prendere!
Che macello!
Non mi va!
Mi raccomando!
Ten Important Holidays in Italian-Speaking Countries
L'Epifania (La Befana)
Martedi Grasso
La Festa della Donna
Pasquetta
La Festa del Lavoro
Ferragosto
Ognissanti
L'Immacolata
La Festa del Patrono
La Sagra del Paese
Ten Phrases to Say So That People Think You're Italian
In bocca al lupo!
Acqua in bocca!
Salute!
Macche!
Neanche per sogno!
Peggio per te!
Piantala!
Vacci piano!
Gatta ci cova!
Sono nel pallone
Appendixes
Verb Tables
Italian Verbs
Irregular Italian Verbs
Italian Verbs with a Special Pattern (-isc-)
Mini-Dictionary
About the CD
Index
Book Registration Information

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