Your Favorite Italian Phrase Book?

Apr 5th, 2006, 05:01 PM
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Your Favorite Italian Phrase Book?

What book would you recommend for learning enough Italian to get buy on a short vacation in Florence?

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Apr 6th, 2006, 07:42 AM
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Berlitz probably. Although I would encourage instead, that you download or borrow an "Italian for beginners" audiobook and use that to practice the week before you go. Its a lot easier-and you really only need to know how to ask where the bathroom is and not to write it. And as soon as you have three sylables out of your mouth, most Florentines will answer in English, happy that you tried, but not patient enough to wait it out.
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Actually I thought the Rick Steves Italian phrase book wasn't bad.
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I think this is a good site for beginners in Italian. It has pronunciations of everything which makes it a lot easier. I have just started looking at it, but it seems pretty good.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/languages/italian/lj/menu.shtml
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I got the Lonely Planet audio CD and phrasebook for Italy travel that comes together in a box set. I really have liked listening to the CD and then reading through the book.

However, I have to say that some of the phrases they give you in the book are not what I was expecting- I think they are geared toward younger? travelers?? For example, there is a page devoted to what to say when you've had "one too many" with phrases such as "Pull my finger" and "I have to vomit".

There was also a strange exchange in the "health" section on how to say, "I have my own syringe" and "please use a clean needle" and "I don't want a blood transfusion". Other odd expressions were in there, but most were more useful.
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Thank you, Darnturkie! I will check out the site tomorrow.
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