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Colloquial Italian: The Complete Course for Beginners: A Complete Language Course (Colloquial Series) [Audiobook] [Audio Cassette]

Sylvia Lymbery
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
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31 Oct 1996 041512087X 978-0415120876 2nd Revised edition

Colloquial Italian is easy to use and completely essential! Specially written by experienced teachers for self-study or class use, the course offers you a step-by-step approach to written and spoken Italian. No prior knowledge of the language is required.

What makes Colloquial Italian your best choice in personal language learning?

  • interactive – lots of dialogues and exercises for regular practice
  • clear – concise grammar notes
  • practical – useful vocabulary and pronunciation guide
  • complete – including answer key and special reference section.

By the end of this rewarding course you will be able to communicate confidently and effectively in a broad range of situations.


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  • Audio Cassette
  • Publisher: Routledge; 2nd Revised edition edition (31 Oct 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 041512087X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415120876
  • Product Dimensions: 13.4 x 10.6 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,949,306 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Sylvia Lymbery is jsut about to retire after a working life which saw her at one time heading up an international School in Oxford, and later teaching EFL in Italy for several years.  Also author of Teach Yourself 'Improve Your Italian' and our own Colloquial Italian 2.  --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent and good value for money 3 Aug 2011
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I really like this book. It is thorough and logically set out, with a clear structure. There is a good balance of reading, writing, listening and speaking. I bought this because it is currently the set book for the Open University beginner's Italian course, Andante. When I have completed the first 13 units of this book plus the relevant grammar exercises in the other set book, Teach Yourself Essential Italian Grammar, I will have covered much of the material in the OU course, but at a hugely lower cost. Colloquial Italian is suitable for learning on your own, unlike courses such as Contatti which assume you are at a class and have partners to work with. This course is also quite cheap, probably because it has not spent money on expensive colour printing and pictures. The course moves quite fast, so it is best for people who already know a little Italian, or for people who are prepared to do other work on top, such as a class, a grammar book or an internet language site.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not as good a you might believe 27 Sep 2008
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My biggest problem with this text is actually its LACK of interactivity. Yes, there are dialogues, but these are simply recorded for you to listen to (and to repeat should you want to). However, although there are plenty of written exercises, there are no dialogues where you take an active part yourself. This is a major failing in a course designed for beginners and I would have thought that with a new edition (2005) this is something that could have been corrected. In summary, this book is good as far as it goes - but it doesn't go far enough in terms of spoken communication.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A helpful tool 30 July 2013
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A good easy to use guide for those who have progressed from the simple " Good morning". Also a useful refernce which can be returned to again and again.
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5.0 out of 5 stars It works very well for me. 24 Feb 2012
Format:Paperback
Excellent book. We use it in a group self-teach class (about 8 people) and we are still enjoying it at module 15! Oh, and I've used it at least once to correct our Italian teacher in another class!
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