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Table Of Contents

Introduction
About This Book
Conventions Used in This Book
Foolish Assumptions
How This Book Is Organized
Part I: Getting Started
Part II: Italian in Action
Part III: Italian on the Go
Part IV: The Part of Tens
Part V: Appendixes
Icons Used in This Book
Where to Go from Here
Chapter 1
You Already Know Some Italian!
Cognates
Popular expressions
Mouthing Off: Basic Pronunciation
The Alphabet
Vowels
Consonants
Stressing Words Properly
Using Gestures
Chapter 2
Setting Up Simple Sentences
Coping with Gendered Words (Articles, Nouns, and Adjectives)
Nouns and gender
The indefinite articles
Definite articles
Adjectives
Talking about Pronouns
Personal pronouns
Saying “you”: Formal and informal
Verbs
Introducing regular and irregular verbs
Idiomatic uses of avere
Having to, wanting to, being able to
Presenting the Simple Tenses: Past, Present, and Future
Looking at Common Greetings and Good-byes
Deciding between formal or friendly
Replying to a greeting
Specifying your reuniting
Making Introductions
Introducing yourself
Introducing other people
Getting Acquainted
Finding out whether someone speaks Italian
Talking about where you come from
Extending and responding to invitations
Counting Numbers
Times of Day and Days of the Week
Using the Calendar and Making Dates
Making dates
Telling time
Chatting about the Weather
Familiarizing Yourself with the Metric System
Length and Distance
Weight
Ordering Ordinals
Inhabiting Your Home
Hunting for an apartment
Sprucing up your apartment
Furnishing your new pad
Housekeeping in style
Mapping the quarters and following directions
Verbs on the Move
Locations You May Be Looking For
Eating, Italian Style
Drinking, Italian Style
Expressing your love for espresso
Beverages with even more of a kick
The Start and End of Dining Out
Making reservations
Paying for your meal
Having Breakfast
Eating Lunch
Enjoying Dinner
Shopping for Food
Al macellaio (ahl mah-chehl- lahy-oh) (at the butcher’s)
Pesce (fish) (peh-sheh)
At the panetteria (breadshop)
Clothing Yourself
Deciding between department stores and boutiques
Sizing up Italian sizes
Talking definitely and indefinitely
Coloring your words
Accessorizing
Stepping out in style
Acquiring Culture
Going to the movies
Going to the theater
Going to a museum
Going to a local festival
Going to a concert
Inviting Fun
Phoning Made Simple
Connecting via cellphones, texts, and Skype
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
Discussing Your Job
The human element
Taking a Tour
Speaking Reflexively
Playing Sports
Talking about Hobbies and Interests
Deciding When and Where to Go
Booking a Trip/Traveling to Foreign Lands
Arriving and Leaving: The Verbs “Arrivare” and “Partire”
Going to the Beach and Spa
Using the Simple Future Tense
Going to the Bank
Changing Money
Using Credit Cards
Looking at Various Currencies
Getting through the Airport
Checking in
Dealing with excess baggage
Waiting to board the plane
Coping after landing
Going through Customs
Losing Luggage
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
Finding a Place to Stay
Choosing a Place to Stay
Reserving a Room
Yours, mine, and ours: Possessive pronouns
Bending Others to Your Will: Imperatives
Talking to Doctors
Describing what ails you
Understanding professional medical vocabulary
Getting what you need at the pharmacy
Braving the dentist
Reporting an Accident to the Police
Dealing with Car Trouble
When You Need a Lawyer: Protecting Your Rights
Reporting a Lost or Stolen Passport
▶ Discovering interrogative pronouns
Discovering Interrogative Pronouns
Asking simple questions
Taking care of basic needs
Talking About Yourself and Your Family — Possessives Part 2
Talking shop
Discussing your job
Read Italian Food Labels
Ask for Food in Italian
Listen to Italian Songs
Read Italian Publications
Watch Italian Movies
Tune In to Italian Radio and TV Programs
Listen to Italian Language Tapes
Share Your Interest
Surf the Net
Cook!
Ciao-ing Down
Don’t Be Literal
Five Fickle “False Friends”
Food Faux Pas
The Problem with “Play”
Being Careful of “False Friends”
Lascia perdere!
Italian Verbs
Irregular Italian Verbs
Italian –IRE Verbs with a Special Pattern (-isc-)
Common Irregular Past Participles
Track Listing
Customer Care
Index
P. 1
Italian For Dummies

Italian For Dummies

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The fun and easy way to take your Italian language skills to the next level

The tips, techniques, and information presented here give students, travelers, and businesspeople a primer on how to speak Italian. Complete with updates, a bonus CD, and the traditional For Dummies user-friendly format, this new edition of Italian For Dummies gives you reliable lessons, practice, and language learning techniques for speaking Italian with ease and confidence.

Featuring a revamped, user-friendly organization that builds on your knowledge and ability, Italian For Dummies offers expanded coverage of the necessary grammar, major verb tenses, and conjugations that beginners need to know. Plus, you'll get a fully updated and expanded audio CD that includes real-life conversations; a refreshed and expanded mini-dictionary; more useful exercises and practice opportunities; and more.

Builds on your skills and ability as you learn Covers the grammar, verb tenses, and conjugations you need to know Includes a mini-dictionary Audio CD includes real-life conversations

If you're looking to reach a comfort level in conversational Italian, Italian For Dummies gets you comfortably speaking this Romantic language like a native.

The fun and easy way to take your Italian language skills to the next level

The tips, techniques, and information presented here give students, travelers, and businesspeople a primer on how to speak Italian. Complete with updates, a bonus CD, and the traditional For Dummies user-friendly format, this new edition of Italian For Dummies gives you reliable lessons, practice, and language learning techniques for speaking Italian with ease and confidence.

Featuring a revamped, user-friendly organization that builds on your knowledge and ability, Italian For Dummies offers expanded coverage of the necessary grammar, major verb tenses, and conjugations that beginners need to know. Plus, you'll get a fully updated and expanded audio CD that includes real-life conversations; a refreshed and expanded mini-dictionary; more useful exercises and practice opportunities; and more.

Builds on your skills and ability as you learn Covers the grammar, verb tenses, and conjugations you need to know Includes a mini-dictionary Audio CD includes real-life conversations

If you're looking to reach a comfort level in conversational Italian, Italian For Dummies gets you comfortably speaking this Romantic language like a native.

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