Italian Now! Level 1, 2nd edition
As another reviewer points out, this is not a book for teaching yourself grammar. It is, though, a great way to move on from knowing the basics to being competent in the language. Speak in a Week! But if you want a traditional dictionary, this is worth considering. However, if you have a visual memory, then this 5. Personally, I find picture dictionaries very helpful.
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It can take a while to figure out Italian grammar and you might find you need to read more than one explanation before your understand certain rules. I am very pleased with the logical layout and the in-depth discussions of verbs, adjectives, nouns, etc.
This workbook has so much information in it, it can easily replace a textbook and be used on its own. The exercises are relevant and straightforward, but also varied. As long as you know a few of the basic concepts of Italian, and understand a little about how languages work in general, you will be able to begin at the start of this workbook. Once the words and grammatical glue are beginning to stick, some help in forming sentences will be needed:.
Then this book can help you start talking. I taught myself Italian but I was living in Italy while I was learning. Your progress might be slower than mine, but not necessarily — especially if you know other languages or have plenty of opportunities to speak Italian.
It took me around 5 years to become fluent in Italian — but I was in no hurry to learn. Even if you are teaching yourself Italian, having a book on Italian verbs can help too, as can a good dictionary. Once you are feeling more confident, you can enrich your Italian, and impress your Italian friends, with your knowledge of idioms. If, however, your attempts at learning Italian are getting you nowhere, or you have no idea where to start, then try this book:. Parallel Italian-English texts can really help you understand the differences between English and Italian.
To develop your comprehension skills, learning Italian by hearing it really can help. So why not do it in your car? Try this to do just that:. Answers for all exercises, quizzes, and puzzles are presented at the back of the book.
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