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Audio Learning

For additional titles browse the library catalog under the subjects:
Italian Language -- Sound recordings for English speakers
Italian Language -- Spoken Italian

 
Advanced Italian (Berlitz)
Includes 3 sound discs with dialog and a 137 page course book. Appropriate for students who have completed the first semester of a college course.
 
All-Audio Italian. Basic-Intermediate
6 sound discs (6 hr.) and 85 page listener's guide
This is a good beginning course with practical lessons in asking for things in Italian.
 
Basic Italian
(Simon & Schuster's Pimsleur Basic Italian)
A self-instruction course teaching essential conversational Italian in ten 30-minute lessons (5 sound discs).
 
Behind the Wheel Italian: Level I
Designed to teach Italian quickly and easily, anywhere, anytime, this instructional program features Speed Immersion, a teaching method that builds a foundation for fluency by combining the most commonly used vocabulary with an easy-to-follow sentence-building technique. The 8 discs cover beginning to intermediate Italian.
 
Berlitz Deluxe Language Pack: Italian
A comprehensive Italian language course that takes learners at their own pace from the beginning through the intermediate level, developing listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills. Includes 3 basic level and 3 intermediate level audio CDs recorded by native speakers, basic and intermediate level course books, a bilingual dictionary, and 100 quiz cards with questions designed to test newly acquired language skills.
 
Berlitz Italian in 30 Days
1 CD and accompanying 288 page book.
Provides instruction in speaking and understanding Italian.
 
Berlitz New Basic Italian
3 sound discs and a course book
Offers instruction in speaking and understanding Italian using common words and phrases.
 
Blair, Robert
Dr. Blair's Italian in No Time
3 sound discs
Learn practical Italian for use in real situations and have fun doing it.
 
Instant Immersion Italian
A beginner's introduction with basic instruction on the alphabet, shopping, foods, directions, time, etc. Also available as a downloadable audio book.
 
Italian on the Move
This is a downloadable audio file that you can play on your computer or on an MP3 player.
A lively narrator guides listeners through each course, at times meeting up with two other native speakers who take part in an unfolding story line that encompasses an array of everyday subjects, from meeting people, eating, dining, and shopping to getting around town, telling stories, and family relationships.
 
Pimsleur Language Programs. Italian I A
This first half of Pimsleur's beginning Italian I consists of 9 sound discs with 15 half-hour lessons designed to introduce the language and encourage native-like pronunciation.
 
Pimsleur Language Programs. Italian I B
This second half of Pimsleur's beginning Italian I consists of 9 sound discs with 15 half-hour lessons designed to introduce the language and encourage native-like pronunciation.
 
Pimsleur Language Programs. Italian II A
This is the first half of Pimsleur's intermediate Italian II, consisting of 9 sound discs with 15 half-hour lessons designed to help you add to your conversational skills, deal with concrete topics in the past, present and future tenses and sustain an intermediate level of fluency.
 
Pimsleur Language Programs. Italian II B
This is the second half of Pimsleur's intermediate Italian II, consisting of 9 sound discs with 15 half-hour lessons designed to help you add to your conversational skills, deal with concrete topics in the past, present and future tenses and sustain an intermediate level of fluency.
 
Pimsleur Language Programs. Italian III A
This is the first half of Pimsleur's high intermediate Italian III, consisting of 9 sound discs with 15 half-hour lessons that will enable you to converse easily in Italian, switching between verb tenses, and read Italian for travel and communication.
 
Pimsleur Language Programs. Italian III B
This is the second half of Pimsleur's high intermediate Italian III, consisting of 9 sound discs with 15 half-hour lessons that will enable you to converse easily in Italian, switching between verb tenses, and read Italian for travel and communication.
 

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Instructional Books and Readers

Beginning

Bancheri, Salvatore
Ultimate Italian: Beginner-Intermediate
PC1129.E5 B36 2004
This 431 page book offers a combination of conversational Italian with grammar and culture, covering the equivalent of two years of college-level study. Also available as an audio course.
 
Branciforte, Suzanne
Parliamo Italiano!
PC1129.E5 B73 2011
This college textbook is used at the University of Pittsburgh for the first 3 semesters of Italian and the cultural scenarios are geared towards the young college student.
 
Danesi, Marcel
Learn Italian (italiano) the Fast and Fun Way
PC1121.D36 2004x
Updated with helpful facts and tips for international travelers, this third editions instructs beginners in the basics of reading, writing, understanding, and speaking Italian.
 
Saggese, Riccarda
Easy Italian Reader: A Three-Part Text for Beginning Students
PC1117.S24 2008
Easy Italian Reader is based on the premise that the best way to learn a language is to start reading it, immediately. Comes with a CD of recordings of most of the 50 passages featured in the book.
 

Intermediate and Advanced

Danesi, Marcel
Con Fantasia: Reviewing and Expanding Functional Italian Skills
PC1129.E5 D36 2009
An intermediate college level text that reviews grammar and vocabulary. The approach is different from a standard textbook and it helps one understand and correct common grammar problems.
 
Fedi, Andrea
Mercurio: An Intermediate to Advanced Reader in Italian Language and Culture
PC1117.F43 2005
This is a reader for college students in intermediate Italian. It offers a portrait of Italy’s language, culture, and society by presenting lively excerpts from its literature, news reports, comic books, film reviews, music lyrics, sociological surveys, etc., with a recent work of fiction being the centerpiece of each chapter.
 
Hall, Robert A., Jr.
Italian Stories = Novelle Italiane: A Dual-Language Book
PQ4254 .I8 1989
Practice reading original Italian authors with the English translation alongside.
 
Trame: A Contemporary Italian Reader
PC1117.T73 2010
edited by Cristina Abbona-Sneider, Antonello Borra, Cristina Pausini
The readings cover familiar themes -— youth, family, immigration, politics, women’s voices, identity —- from the fresh perspective of a new generation of Italian writers. Includes pre- and post-reading activities, vocabulary, and writing exercises.
 

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Dictionaries & Reference Books

2001 Italian and English Idioms
PC1460.A17 1996
This book translates the most frequently used Italian and English idioms and phrases in two separate bilingual lists. Phrases are alphabetized according to each one's key word for quick reference.
 
Colaneri, John and Vincent Luciani
501 Italian Verbs: Fully Conjugated in All the Tenses
PC1271.C65 2001
In the 1960s, these books only had 201 conjugated verbs. Today such "handbooks" are much heftier and make you think twice about carrying them along on a trip!
 
Italian-English Dictionary
PC1640.I75 2007
This is a very good dictionary that includes pronunciation for each word. The electronic dictionary is not included.
 

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Web Sites

 

Listen to or Watch Italian

  • RadioItalia
    Listen to streaming audio and video at this Italian radio station.
  • RAI.it
    Includes both television and radio.
 

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