|About the Book|
Cassells Contemporary Italian is designed to make your Italian-speaking experience relaxing and uncomplicated. Part 1, A Concise Reference Grammar, is like a complete refresher course in the basics of sentence structure, verb forms (includingMoreCassells Contemporary Italian is designed to make your Italian-speaking experience relaxing and uncomplicated. Part 1, A Concise Reference Grammar, is like a complete refresher course in the basics of sentence structure, verb forms (including modal verbs), gender, mood, tense, and parts of speech. Its filled with examples and focuses on the specific problems English speakers often encounter when they try to learn Italian. Part 2, Contemporary Functional Language, demonstrates the practical, modern, everyday workings of the language. It is this section especially that sets Cassells Contemporary Italian apart from any other language guide, because it gives you valuable advice for getting along on a day-to-day basis in an Italian-speaking country - without sounding like an outdated phrase book. Here youll find guidelines for using the telephone, asking for or giving advice, applying for a job and writing a resume, writing a personal or professional letter, and conducting business matters. This section also tackles the common questions and unnerving language nuances that plague non-fluent Italian speakers, such as how to tell colloquial and slang expressions from vulgar ones, how to use gestures and other nonverbal social skills appropriately, and how to avoid mistaking English sound-alikes for Italian words. Part 3, Word Power, is made up of several specialized vocabularies that help you decipher the unique languages of finance and banking- politics and current affairs- shopping- travel- legal matters- media, the arts, and literature- even weather forecasts. Theres a reference you can use to build on the verbs, nouns, and adjectives you already know and a guide to using popular expressions. With dozens of examples and illustrations, Cassells Contemporary Italian is guaranteed to make any visit or extended stay in an Italian-speaking area relaxing, enjoyable, and hassle-free.