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Perfect Your Italian: Teach Yourself [Kindle Edition]

Sylvia Lymbery
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Are you looking for an improver's course in Italian which will make you sound like a native? If you already know some Italian and want to take it further, Perfect your Italian will guarantee success! Taking you from a good GCSE level (level B2 of the Common European Framework), this course teaches you advanced structures and vocabulary so that by the end of the course you will be at GCE Advanced Level, CEF level C1: Can express him/herself fluently and spontaneously without much obvious searching for expressions. Can use language flexibly and effectively for social, academic and professional purposes.

Full of authentic texts and dialogues about complex subjects, this course covers a wide range of topics of the sort you will want to talk about when in Italy and teaches you the kind of everyday language and features of speech that will enable you to communicate with confidence and feel comfortable taking part in conversation with native speakers of Italy. The choice of material aims to give you something of the flavour of Italy today and each unit is based around a single theme with lively interviews and conversations on the accompanying recording. There are activities based on the interviews and texts to help you remember what you've learnt and put your knowledge into practice. The units are divided into sessions - to help you organize your learning time and break up the material into manageable chunks - and there are reminders throughout to refresh your memory of points you have learnt.

Now fully updated to make your language learning experience fun and interactive. You can still rely on the benefits of a top language teacher and our years of teaching experience, but now with added learning features within the course and online.

Learn effortlessly with new, easy-to-read page design and interactive features:/p>

NOT GOT MUCH TIME?
One, five and ten-minute introductions to key principles to get you started.

AUTHOR INSIGHTS
Lots of instant help with common problems and quick tips for success, based on the author's many years of experience.

GRAMMAR TIPS
Easy-to-follow building blocks to give you a clear understanding.

USEFUL VOCABULARY
Easy to find and learn, to build a solid foundation for speaking.

DIALOGUES
Read and listen to everyday dialogues to help you speak and understand fast.

TEST YOURSELF
Tests in the book and online to keep track of your progress.

TRY THIS
Innovative exercises illustrate what you've learnt and how to use it.


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Book Description

Do you speak some Italian already, but want to improve? This course teaches advanced structures and vocabulary to allow you to communicate comfortably with native speakers and comprises a book and audio support which is easy to download to your MP3 player or iPod (components available separately).

About the Author

Sylvia Lymbery studied Italian at university. She lived and worked in Italy for many years and has taught Italian to students at every level, both in the UK and in Italy. She is the author of several Italian courses.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2326 KB
  • Print Length: 369 pages
  • Publisher: Teach Yourself (28 May 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004QGY9S8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #454,372 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well worth the money 30 Aug. 2011
Format:Paperback
This course aims to lead on from the earlier related basic 'complete your Italian' course, and much of it does go over the same ground covering the various tenses, use of pronouns etc, but it does so more extensively, and also goes on to cover the subjunctive and the past definite. It also takes a lot of care in indicating the subtleties of which and when various tenses are appropriate. The vocabulary is also fairly extensive especially in areas the student is most likely to come across in meeting Italians, with many useful 'filler' phrases.

The main plus point of the course is the spoken texts by Italian speakers at a fairly fast pace, where you can surprise yourself by finding that with some repeated effort you can fully understand what they say. There are a lot of exercises and reference material, and the author makes no bones about the need to come to grips with grammar, or in indicating that,like most things in life, you get out what you put in, and she recommends ways you can help yourself here. Anyone making the effort should get a lot out of this course and, while total fluency really requires living in the country,a student will have a pretty good grasp of Italian if he or she takes fully on board what the course contains. Well worth the money.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Update of earlier material 23 Sept. 2010
Format:Paperback
This is a useful publication but it has been around for some time as an earlier edition under a different name. There is no denying its usefulness but in my opinion it oversells itself. It might help you sound like a native but it is not as advanced as you might believe from the notes on the casing. Certainly the CDs have an authentic ring to them but I felt that they petered out early the publication could have benefited form more advanced conversation from native speakers. Having said that people with a little Italian will find it useful, those that have done some studying will find it less useful.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Covers a lot of ground 29 Mar. 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I have used a number of these "Perfect your..." courses and this is the best one I have used. The standard is about A-level (it certainly won't take you to C1 level as the box claims - you'll need to live in Italy for at least a year to achieve that).
It would be great either for someone who has completed a couple of beginners / low-intermediate courses and now needs a greater challenge or for someone who used to be good at Italian and needs a refresher. It covers all aspects of grammar in quite a pacey fashion, assuming you've seen the constructs before but are hazy on the detail. The dialogues are recorded at a natural speed and with all the features of natural conversation but there's no background noise. As such, they're challenging but accessible.
The book is cheaply produced but the content is varied and useful, with plenty of practical tips.

Overall, well worth the £20 I paid for it.
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