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Colloquial Italian: The Complete Course for Beginners (Colloquial Series) [Hardcover]

Sylvia Lymbery
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14 Nov 1996 0415120888 978-0415120883 Pap/Cas

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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  • Hardcover: 290 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; Pap/Cas edition (14 Nov 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415120888
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415120883
  • Product Dimensions: 24.4 x 16.7 x 5.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,028,995 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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..."easy to use with two 60-minute cassettes recorded by native Italian speakers."-"The Democrat, Tallahassee Florida --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Easy user-friendly learning for beginners 18 Aug 2002
A really good book for getting started with Italian. I found this book deceptive, because it packs in a lot of grammar, as well as useful vocabulary, with such a light touch that you don't really appreciate how much you're learning!I certainly felt that I could handle Italian conversation and magazines at the end of it. Not "heavy", just a friendly and helpful tone that keeps you going. It gave me a lot of confidence when I was getting started, and that's when beginners need such help.The way grammar is explained is so clear that you make very quick progress.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Italian for beginners 15 May 2003
By Elizabeth Taylor VINE VOICE
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I have no idea why this book is called Colloquial Italian as it is simply a beginners level introduction to Italian. I used it to complement the evening class I was taking and as beginners courses all cover the same things, saying hello, telling the time, asking directions, booking a hotel etc I found it very useful. Each chapter introduces grammar points (although not in great detail), excercises, dialogues (to accompany the tapes) and small texts. I found the book very useful in particular the dialogues and the texts (most which are read aloud). The tapes allowed me to wander around doing the housework and listen at the same time so that I could improve my comprehension and the small texts taken helpd me as a beginner gain confidence. I'm not sure if this course alone would allow you to learn Itlian language independantly but I found it very useful as an aid to the evening class. I could work on both the course book and this book and learn additional useful phrases and expressions. My only compltaints are that the tapes are too short and the english women who introduces each dialogue is so annoying I think she used to read the news on the television in the 1950's!
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Colloquial Italian is a book that you cannot put down once you pick it up. It gives a very good insight into the Italian culture and way of life. It is very well written and presented and a brilliant book for all those interested in Italy.
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Colloquial Italian is aimed not only at the beginner to the Italian language, but also at the more advanced student. In conjunction with the accompanying cassettes, it offers a step-by-step approach to learning a foreign language, and being able to speak it like a native.
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5.0 out of 5 stars ottimo affare! (outstanding bargain) 28 July 1999
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Like the French, Latin American Spanish, (European) Spanish, Romanian, German and (European) Portuguese entries that I have seen in this very comprehensive series this is an excellent book and cassette system for beginners or for review. If you learn everything in this book you will be well prepared for travel. It is also a fine starting point for thos who wish to deepen their knowledge with more advanced systems such as Ultimate Italian. You get a lot for your money. It is just what it says: colloquial. It is modern but correct usage. It is neither overly academic in usage nor overly slangy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars My search has ended 1 Feb 2000
By Matthew Bryde - Published on Amazon.com
I spent hours looking through the numerous language titles. This one impressed me in it's style. By the time I got through the first chapter, I was over the moon!
If you are considering getting the book only, DON'T!
I have bought many Italian resources (books, software) and if I could only have one, this would be it.
The price is impressive as well.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Real Italian for Serious learners 5 Feb 2002
By "racheljiz" - Published on Amazon.com
I took Colloquial Italian with me to Italy last year, where I was to stay for one year as an exchange student. This language course was fundamental in teaching me the basics ( not just touristy questions like a lot of other courses!).
It was so good that I lent it out to other students who were dispairing over the language, and all had similar success with it.
Un ottimo introduzione alla lingua italiana, per chi voule imparare facilmente.
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