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The Big Green Book of Italian Verbs (Book w/CD-ROM): 555 Fully Conjugated Verbs (Big Book of Verbs Series) Paperback – 1 Mar 2007

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  • Paperback: 702 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Contemporary; 1 Pap/Cdr edition (1 Mar. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0071487611
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071487610
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 3 x 25.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 263,364 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Katrien Maes-Christie, Ph.D., was an assistant professor of Italian at the University of Delaware and is now director of the League of European Research Universities.

Daniel Franklin is an experienced editor of German language-learning titles.

Riccarda Saggese, Ph.D., is an assistant professor of Italian at the University of Delaware.


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This is an excellent reference book.

The use and meanings of each of the Italian tenses are explained at the beginning of the book, with examples.

Each of the 555 verbs is listed in alphabetical order, with a whole page (i.e. one side) each, with the verb clearly conjugated in, full, as promised. Below the conjugation are examples of usage, with idioms and related words where relevant. 50 of the most common verbs (often the most irregular and/or most idiomatic) have a second page devoted to examples.

Following the verbs are some exercises with answers to aid learning.

Finally, there is not one, but three indices: an English to Italian verbs index; an index of irregular Italian verb forms, which is incredibly useful if you come across a verb form and you can't work out which verb it is; and an Italian (to English) verb index, listing over 2,700 more verbs cross referenced to one of the fully conjugated verbs.

What more you could ask for in a book of verbs is beyond me, and it's a steal at six quid!
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Excellent work book. With regular practice, the learning of the (highly complicated) Italian verbs becomes easier...not easy, but it most certainly helps. Repeating the exercises again and again, can only improve the knowledge and use of the verb tenses.
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I'm learning Italian hence the need for this book. It's not much more more money that the collins easy learning verbs book that I also own but it is much more comprehensive. The collins book does win points for its use of colour which you will not find in this book, but the lack of colour does not detract.

The big winner with this book though is the cd rom that you get with it. I find it very useful. Note: the cd does not work out of the box with Windows Vista & Windows 7 even with compatibility mode selected. However, if you register on the McGraw website (free & easy) they make a link available for you to download a patched version which works successfully.
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This reference book is simplicity itself.
555 Italian verbs is what it offers - and that's what you get. The complete forms of each of 555 of the most commonly-used Italian verbs, plus examples of how to use them.
A page of this large-format book is devoted to each verb, but - very usefully - the top 50 verbs, the real keys to Italian like 'avere'; 'essere' etc, get a double-page spread.
Add to that a very useful 30-page introduction explaining how to use the various verb tenses, and you have the complete package.
I live in Italy and speak Italian moderately well, but I'm constantly dipping in/out of this excellent book. My copy didn't come with a CD, so I can't comment on its value, but for the book itself, for me, it's faultless and irreplaceable; an absolute bargain; and the information inside will never become outdated !
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Hard to fault for detail, but you have to think about how best to use it. Each verb is fully conjugated which is daunting in the case of the numerous irregular verbs - so much to learn! I have found the most useful part to be the idiomatic phrases provided for each verb. It's a very bulky book.
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Your essential guide to many Italian verbs, it includes all tenses and many usage examples. Also it has a guide in using other verbs not included in the 555. If you're seriously study the language this is a must have, an excellent verbs reference book.
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This was very difficult to use on the Kindle so I returned it. I have the book and the CD Rom, which have been very useful and indeed invaluable to me while learning Italian), but the Kindle version was unsatisfactory. It seemed to be impossible to change the font size (only the headings seemed to respond) and finding what one was looking for was a long and tedious business.
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I am disappointed with the CD ROM as I cannot get it to run under Windows 10, it comes up with errors of files missing. The CD is quite old as the stated requirements do not extend beyond Windows XP. I have tried emailing McGraw Hill but have not received a reply.
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