Item description for Italian: A Self-Teaching Guide, 2nd Edition by Edoardo A. Lebano...
Learn Italian the quick and easy way Whether you re learning Italian for the first time or just brushing up on your skills, this updated edition of the bestselling Italian: A Self-Teaching Guide is the ideal way to master the language at your own pace. In fifteen simple lessons, you ll learn how to engage in everyday conversations from ordering at a restaurant to asking for directions to making special arrangements with a hotel concierge. Written in a lively, personable style by a native Italian, this practical guide combines the quick-reference virtues of a phrasebook with the learning tools of a full-fledged language course. Designed to acquaint you with the basic skills you need to speak, read, write, and understand the language, Italian: A Self-Teaching Guide, Second Edition demystifies grammar, common usage, and pronunciation with step-by-step lessons on numbers, days of the week, telling time, and special rules of speech. It also includes extensive vocabulary and culture notes. Mini-dialogues from real-life situations provide a vibrant introduction to Italian culture and customs while a fun assortment of exercises, self-tests, and practice activities constantly reinforces your reading and conversational skills.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.19" Width: 7.53" Height: 0.75" Weight: 1.2 lbs.
Release Date May 22, 2000
ISBN 0471359610 ISBN13 9780471359616
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More About Edoardo A. Lebano
EDOARDO A. LEBANO is Professor of Italian and Director of the Center for Italian Studies at Indiana University in Bloomington. He is also the author of Buon Giorno a Tutti!, a first-year Italian textbook also published by Wiley.
Edoardo A. Lebano was born in 1934 and has an academic affiliation as follows - Indiana University Indiana Univ. Indiana University Indiana University.
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Reviews - What do customers think about Italian: A Self-Teaching Guide, 2nd Edition?
Very Helpful Nov 14, 2007
I find the book helpful and easy to follow. There are new vocabulary words in every chapter along with separated "boxed" sections of verbs, tenses, etc. I learn easier by a combination of hearing & writing...this book fits my learning style. Although We are using the book in an adult Beginning Italian class, it is a self-teaching guide so the answers to the exercises are in the back of the book, along with vocabulary words. The book is a convenient size, has a laminated cover which gives it a nice feel, easy to take care of and protects the book while carrying it around (this is a pet peeve of mine, especially since I get irradic down time-therefore, often carry the book with me during the day). I would highly recommend this book. I am enjoying it so much, I decided to get the Spanish equivalent to help me separate the two languages, something I am having trouble with.
does the job Sep 3, 2007
This review is of the paperback edition which I assume is the same as the hardcover. I've worked through this book twice using it, as intended, as a self study guide. It works reasonably well and is agreeably free of Idiot Guide annoyances ('takin it for a walk!', adolescent jokes, etc). The approach is conventional with readings, vocabulary lists, grammar sections (in quite bite sized pieces), many excercises and drills and (essential for a self study guide), three review sections and a complete answer key for all exercises. If you work through it in a systmatic way you should get to about the equivalent of a university level It 101. You'll have reviewed all essential grammar and will have a vocabulary of about 600 words. There are however some problems. There is no index so looking up something you've already covered involves a lot of flipping. The grammatical discussions are a little brief in places and a supplementary reference grammar is recommended - but you should have one anyway. Finally, the book is marred by frequent typos, often poor layout of tables and vocabularies, inconsistent conventions and general signs of a lack of editing that is surprising from a major publisher - Wiley for the paperback. These are annoying rather than fatal and since no one else has mentioned them, maybe I'm just a little obsessive.
Easy guide to learning Italian Apr 11, 2007
If you want to learn more than just conversational italian,this is the book. I would also purchase an Italian/American dictionary for referance. Really easy to uinderstand.
Great way to learn Italian! Jan 10, 2007
This is a great educational book with lots of problems and dialogue to learn Italian.
Excellent Self-Learning Guide Aug 19, 2006
This is a no-nonsense approach to learning Italian. I read the book three times, and did the exercises three times. Each time it was easier, and I understood more. I was able to enter an Italian 2 class, and even had a bit of an edge from working so much with this book. I still will go over some of my "problem spots", and also I use it as a reference. Now I'm ready to tackle Italian 3. I don't know of any other book that is so thorough on the market today. Bravo Professore Lebano!