50 Ways to Improve your Italian
Table of Contents
- : Meet the author
- : Only got a minute?
- : Only got 5 minutes?
- : Only got 10 minutes?
- : How to use this book
- : Sounding right: pronunciation and spelling
- 1: Good stress and bad stress
- 2: Soft and hard sounds
- 3: Say it like you write it
- 4: Euro, spaghetti bolognese and più, può, poi
- 5: Accent deficit disorder
- 6: Monday, January, English: NO CAPITALS PLEASE!
- 7: Drop the dead vowel
- 8: Word liposuction
- 9: Learn to count
- : Getting the structure right
- : Adverbs
- 10: Strategic positioning of the adverb
- 11: Use and abuse of anche
- 12: Was the meal well, good or beautiful?
- : Comparatives and superlatives
- 13: Compare and contrast
- 14: Don’t go over the top!
- : Prepositions
- 15: Learn to do without di
- 16: Is it ‘on’ Monday?
- : Pronouns
- 17: Keep your subjects under control
- 18: Don’t be direct with your indirect pronouns
- 19: Quel or quello? Demonstrate your point!
- 20: Che: the big forgotten one
- : Articles
- 21: The definite article: one in English, six in Italian
- : Number and gender
- 22: The rules of plurality
- 23: Some people are singular
- 24: The gender of the problem
- : Possessives
- 25: Mio marito, that’s all you need
- : Adjectives
- 26: Orders must be followed!
- : Agreement
- 27: Italian is an agreeable language
- 28: Many, few and near: do they agree?
- 29: Verbal agreements
- : Verbs
- 30: Essere o avere? That is the question
- 31: Perfect vs imperfect
- 32: Live in the present, look to the future
- 33: Reflect on reflexives
- 34: Piacere: put it back to front
- : Choosing the right words
- 35: Careful with what you enjoy!
- 36: Prendere: don’t take it for granted
- : False friends
- 37: Going shopping at night
- 38: Don’t fail to say how to succeed!
- 39: ‘In-pressive’ mistakes
- 40: Eventually, earlier and possibly – plus some information
- 41: How do you ‘stay’?
- 42: Do you visit your friends or examine them?
- 43: Travel and drive, but don't get too excited!
- : Cultural awareness
- 44: Please – to be used sparingly please
- 45: Have you got a title?
- : Miscellaneous
- 46: Don’t mix c’è with è
- 47: Do you ‘prefer’ or do you ‘favour’?
- 48: Time is of the essence
- 49: Sei single?
- 50: Work, age, and finally …!
- : Glossary of grammatical terms
- : Index
Avoid sounding like a beginner with these 50 top tips for improving
your spoken and written Italian.
About the Author
Valeria Malandra is a native speaker with extensive experience of
teaching, translating and interpreting Italian. She currently
teaches at the University of Surrey.
If you're learning Italian you'll find a wealth of advice here to
help hone your language skills - Italia!The ideal grammar reference
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