Learn Italian the quick and easy way! Whether you re learning Italian for the first time or just brushing up on your skills, this updated edition of the bestselling Italian: A Self–Teaching Guide is the ideal way to master the language at your own pace. In fifteen simple lessons, you ll learn how to engage in everyday conversations from ordering at a restaurant to asking for directions to making special arrangements with a hotel concierge. Written in a lively, personable style by a native Italian, this practical guide combines the quick–reference virtues of a phrasebook with the learning tools of a full–fledged language course. Designed to acquaint you with the basic skills you need to speak, read, write, and understand the language, Italian: A Self–Teaching Guide, Second Edition demystifies grammar, common usage, and pronunciation with step–by–step lessons on numbers, days of the week, telling time, and special rules of speech. It also includes extensive vocabulary and culture notes. Mini–dialogues from real–life situations provide a vibrant introduction to Italian culture and customs while a fun assortment of exercises, self–tests, and practice activities constantly reinforces your reading and conversational skills.