Complete Italian: A Teach Yourself Guide

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Mcgraw-hill, Jan 19, 2010 - Foreign Language Study - 528 pages

It's easy to teach yourself Italian!

Complete Italian provides you with a clear and comprehensive approach to Italian, so you can progress quickly from the basics to understanding, speaking, and writing Italian with confidence.

Within each of the 25 thematic chapters, important language structures are introduced through life-like dialogues. You'll learn grammar in a gradual manner so you won't be overwhelmed by this tricky subject. Exercises accompany the texts and reinforce learning in listening, speaking, reading, and writing. This program also features current cultural information boxes that reflect recent changes in society.

You can also visit for tests, extension articles and a vibrant community of like-minded learners. And if you don't have much time, don't worry--this book gives you one-, five-, and 10-minute bites of learning to get you started.

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It is not complete

User Review  - jackietoo - Borders

I thought this would be the most complete resource for learning Italian. I was wrong it did not come with the audio which makes this resource incomplete and I received no response from McGraw Hill ... Read full review

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this book is not the best for beginners. it goes threw a short dialog of people, tells you a couple words that were said our of 5-8 sentences that were said, has a small italian-english / english-italain dictionary in the back which doesn't tell you much of anything, then asks a few comprehension questions to see if you understand what the dialog was about. after 3-4 of those it then goes into grammar and practice which does a little bit to help you understand a bit. but the grammar is always such small amounts that you learn some "rules" then a unit or two later they tell you something that is an exception to the previous rules and would have been very useful when they first broached the subject.
if you are a beginner do not buy this!! they do not explain enough so you feel confident or so you can gain an understanding why something is done or written in the way that is is.

About the author (2010)

Lydia Vellacio and Maurice Elston have between them considerable experience of teaching Italian in secondary, further, adult and higher education. They are also coauthors of Buongiorno Italia and Let's talk Italian.

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