a self-study guide that helps you come prepared to Italian class

step-by-step examples

To show you how to get from an English structure to the equivalent Italian structure.

All the essentials

Straightforward lessons that focus more on the rules than the exceptions. Covers the grammar taught in beginning college courses.

Study Tips

Tips to help you learn Italian vocabulary and word forms, and to remember them.

one point per chapter

In each bite-sized lesson, authors Sergio Adorni and Karen Primorac explain one grammar concept and illustrates it with English and Italian examples.

Explained in English

To help you learn the grammar from the point of view of a language you already speak.

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Learn The Grammar Terms Your Textbook Assumes You Know

Parts Of Speech

Learn how to identify English and Italian nouns, verbs, adjectives, prepositions so you can choose the correct equivalent to an English word. 

Functions Of Words

Learn how to identify English and Italian subjects, direct and indirect object so you can choose the correct equivalent to an English word.

English and Italian Grammatical Terms

Learn of conjugation, gender, number, agreement so you’ll understand these terms that play an important role in Italian.

Step-By-Step Analysis Of Examples

Learn how to get from an English structure to an equivalent Italian structure. Our examples will take you every step of the way. 

Book Reviews

Canadian Modern Language Journal
“Throughout the book, the use of charts to summarize points presented is excellent. The authors have taken care to indicate various pitfalls that students often do not avoid . . . Exceptionally well presented is the analysis of the English you and its Italian equivalents, tu, Lei, voi, Loro . . . the use of this book as a supplement to a beginners’ textbook of Italian is recommended.”
Peterson reviews on Amazon
“What a great idea for a book! This book makes the grammar of both English and Italian stand out in high relief. You'll emerge from it with a firmer grasp of both languages. If you want to learn Italian, it should be one of the first five things that you buy.”
Modern Language Journal
“The conceptual and visual presentation of the material is simple and clear. There are numerous diagrams and charts. Although grammar points are isolated for the sake of presentation, there are many cross-references to related terms, as well as a detailed index.”

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