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Read & Think Italian

Read & Think Italian
Book + 1 Audio CD

Retail Price $20.00
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Learn Italian as you read and hear about the vibrant culture of its speakers

Read & Think Italian is an innovative, non-intimidating approach to learning Italian. Compiled by the expert editors of Think Italian! magazine, this audio package brings together more than 100 engaging, fully illustrated readings and articles about the life and culture of Italy. The 70-minute audio CD features many of the articles read aloud by native speakers, as well as questions for review and reinforcement of new vocabulary.

Learn Italian as you explore the colorful and diverse world of Italian culture

Read and Think Italian will help you build a rich Italian vocabulary without the burdens of boring repetition or tedious memorization. In this audio package, you will find more than 100 intriguing articles written in Italian about the enchanting diversity of Italian culture - from Pavarotti, "la voce baciata da Dio," to the romantic hills of Umbria to the traditions of St. Joseph's Day.

Within each article new vocabulary is presented in boldface, with their translations in the margins. This allows you to learn the meaning of any unfamiliar words immediately. On the CD, native speakers read aloud many of the articles contained in the book, so you will not only see how the language is written but also hear how it sounds in everyday conversation.

Table of contents

1. Cultura (Culture) 2. Viaggi (Voyages) 3. Tradizione (Tradition) 4. Celebrazione (Celebration) 5. Biografias (Biographies) 6. Musica et Arte (Music and Art) 7. Storia (History) 8. Geografia (Geography) 9. Gastronomia (Gastronomie) 10. Costumes (Customs)

Expand Your World Through Language
  • More than 100 articles in Italian to bring the Italian language to life
  • Bilingual glossary on each page lets you read without looking up words in a dictionary
  • Native speakers on audio CD help attune your listening skills
  • When you read and think in Italian the language just comes naturally!

Learn Italian Fast!

Learning to speak Italian can be quick and easy with our Italian language courses and learning aids.  Whether you are looking for an all audio Italian course like Pimsleur or a computer based Italian course like Rosetta Stone, we have what’s right for you.  Before you know it, you’ll be on your way to learning Italian.

Learn Italian on the Go

Having a busy life shouldn’t keep you from learning Italian.  We offer several Italian language courses that will allow you to learn to speak Italian while driving, exercising, doing housework, etc.  This means you can learn Italian anywhere, anytime.  The ease with which you’ll learn Italian is amazing. 

Can I Really Learn Italian?

The answer is YES!  Learning Italian is easier than ever with our full line of Italian language courses and learning aids.  Learning Italian is not as hard as you might think.  With all the available Italian resources, you can learn while commuting, while watching TV or while sitting in front of the computer.  If you want to learn to speak Italian, there is no excuse to not.  The world is at our fingertips and learning Italian will help you better communicate with everyone.

Here are 5 Secrets to Learn Italian Fast:

  1. Set a Goal - Decide how many minutes each day you are going to set aside for your Italian studies.  Stick to this no matter what comes about.  Setting a goal to study each day will help you more quickly achieve your goal to learn Italian fast.
  2. Set a Time - Know at what time you are going to study Italian each day.  This is part of your goal setting but of equal importance to your success.  Your time might be first thing in the morning.  Or it might be on your evening commute home.  Whatever the time is, stick to it. 
  3. Take Notes - Buy yourself a notebook to use for your Italian studies.  In your notebook take notes of the words or phrases that may be difficult for you to remember.  Spell them out.  Write their definition.  You’ll be surprised with how much this will help you in your goal to learn Italian fast.
  4. Collect Italian Articles and Pictures - Keep a folder and collect Italian articles and pictures about the language and country you are learning about.  You might find an article about Italy.  Add those to your folder.  The internet is full of Italian language newspapers.  Print off some articles to look over and see how many words you recognize.
  5. Have Fun! - There is no sense setting a goal to learn Italian if you don’t have fun.  Use your new language skills to practice with native speakers.  And before you know it, you’ll be on your way to learning Italian.  Good luck and have fun!

The ITALIAN Language:
Italian is the official language of Italy and San Marino, and one of the official languages of Switzerland. Italian is spoken by about 58 million people in Italy, 24,000 in San Marino, 840,000 in Switzerland, another 1 million in other European countries, and approximately 5 million in North and South America. Historically, Italian is a daughter language of Latin. Italian uses the Roman alphabet. The pronunciation of the language follows the spelling very closely. Italian is often described both as the language of art and music as well as the language best suited to singing.

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