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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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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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!
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.
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 !
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book is excellent in explaining how verb conjugations work and provides a list of the top 50 verbs which is extremely useful for exam preparation. Read morePublished 17 days ago by GARY BURNS
Very good verb book and useful for all levels. Highly recommended. I think the CD is a bit pointless now though as none of my laptops have had CD players for the last 5 years.Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
I use this book very often when i;m studying .A wortwhile investment.Published 7 months ago by Mary Kenny
I love these types of verb books. I have the French and Spanish ones which are equally as good. I love the examples and the explanations of the verb tenses at the start which is... Read morePublished on 29 April 2014 by Mr. J. Adlington
this book runs through all verb tenses, how to form and use them. it then lists 555 verbs together with their complete conjugations and for the most common verbs lists example... Read morePublished on 3 Feb. 2014 by bondim