This is a practical short book on how to speak Italian very quickly and very easily, by just learning to speak the core 35 words that you will need when you go there on holiday, or even on business, for that matter.
Of course, if you are in Rome, staying at a central hotel, you may think that you won't need Italian, because everyone will speak English. But, as you will find out when you do visit, you will not always be in the hotel; you will find that in bars, in taxis, on buses and trains, people may not be able to speak English. That's where you will be stuck if you don't know our carefully-selected 35 words.
You are standing near your hotel on the Via Nazionale with your street map, and you know that the Piazza della Repubblica is at one end of it or the other, but which way? Now your life can go three ways: you didn't buy our book, and so you didn't learn our 35 words and how to pronounce them fluently, so you say nothing to anyone and just walk along in the hope that you find the right place. Or else you get out your phrase book and hope that it contains the exact phrase that you want (which it won't) and you try to struggle to pronounce the words unsuccessfully to some busy passers-by.
Or else, 🙂 you have bought this book, and you have learned the 35 words and you can pronounce them really well because the book has shown you exactly how to say them. You want the Piazza della Repubblica, and we didn't teach you how to say that, but we did teach you how to say 'this' and 'that', and in our book we told you to use those words instead of a thousand other words. So with your street map in your hand you politely stop a local person and point to the Piazza della Repubblica on the map, and say, "Mi scusi, dov'é questo, per favore?" Which we have taught you. "Excuse me, where is this, please?"
They look at your finger on the map, and they point in the direction you need. Problem solved! And you feel great that you have spoken in Italian to an Italian person, and they understood you. Success! And all for the small sum of £4.49.
And that's only one example of how you spoke Italian that day in Rome. If you bought our book, you will have ordered yourself a coffee in the morning and asked for the bill and paid it - in Italian! You will have ordered your lunch and a glass of wine, and later, you will have found a taxi and told the driver which hotel to go to. A perfect day. And, honestly, you will have no idea of the thrill that it will give you to speak a foreign language abroad and to have people understand you.
From that point on, it's an easy step to add to the 35 words we taught you, and you will find yourself loving Italy, and visiting it again and again. And, of course, you'll be able to speak just the same whether you are visiting Rome, Catanzaro on the south coast, a vineyard in Tuscany, or simply loafing in a small village near Venice.
ISBN 978-1-910537-13-8 Printed Version, paperback.
But it's not just holidays. Just look at what one of our business friends emailed to us the other day about her visit to Costa Rica. I have changed the Spanish words to make it relevant to Italy since that is what you are interested in.
Dear Peter and Helena,
Just to let you know that I’ve been to Italy at last and tested the book.
I memorised the 35 words at the airport (I must admit to some previous Italian lessons when I was 16) and then felt all set. I was even using it on the plane – mainly ‘mi scusi’ as I tried to navigate the aisle in the aircraft. It was an excellent confidence builder and really helped me to communicate. I showed my colleagues who then thought it would be great fun to give me a test and I passed! I gave the spare copy to my operations director who, like me, had a vague schoolgirl recollection of some Italian words and no time to refresh it with evening classes. She really liked the idea of being able to do the preparation at the airport.
I also like the A5 format. It is just the right size. A smaller book would probably have got tucked into a corner somewhere and been lost.
I think this is a clever system and look forward to testing the French and Spanish versions when I get the chance.
Thanks for sending the books to me. I will pass the word around. Good luck with future sales. Do you have any in other languages yet? I can see an immediate use for Polish.
Isn't that amazing? She learned it at the airport, and she was using it on the plane before her feet had even hit the ground at her destination!
And here is another one (unaltered) from a couple who bought our book to take on their honeymoon to Rome:
Hi Peter and Helena,
We both found your book easy to read and understand, and the phonetic way of how to pronounce the words was invaluable. What I personally found so good was that it was such an effective way of successfully being able to speak Italian! After only spending an evening glancing through the book, I could construct a sentence that made sense and sounded OK (I think)! Before getting your book, we'd ordered a 'Learn how to speak Italian' course off the internet, which still remains unused to this day. It looks too complicated and involved to be bothered with - especially after a day at work. What was great about your book is that it was an effective, successful 'quick fix', which was absolutely perfect for today's busy working lifestyle!
So, if you are teetering on the edge, please buy this book, for your own sake. It will make a huge difference to your visit, and ultimately, it may make a huge difference to your life. Who knows?
And, like them, please email us and tell us if you also liked our book: firstname.lastname@example.org Thanks 🙂
LEARN THE 35 WORDS
I WANT SOMETHING
I WANT TO FIND SOMETHING
I WANT TO BUY SOMETHING
I WANTED TO SPEAK ITALIAN
SOME OF THE 35 KEY WORDS
20 one (1) uno
21 please per favore
pronounced: pair fav-or-ay
22 small piccolo
23 station stazione
24 thank you grazie
25 that one quello
26 the (singular) il (m) la (f)
pronounced: eel la
27 this one questo
28 ticket biglietto
29 the toilet (bathroom) il bagno (bathroom)
pronounced: eel ban-yo
AND HERE ARE SOME PHRASES FROM THE BOOK
There is also coffee (caffè), pronounced ka-feh.
Black (nero, pronounced nay-roh)
or white (bianco pronounced bee-an-ko.)
Vorrei un caffè nero.
I would like a black coffee.
Vorrei un caffè bianco.
I would like a white coffee.
And to top it off and make it sound even more polite, we add the words for ‘please’ - per favore.
Vorrei un caffè nero per favore.
I want a black coffee please.
Vorrei un bicchiere d'acqua per favore (pronounced dak-wa)
I want a glass of water please.
Questo è buono
This is good.
Dov'é un taxi?
Where is a taxi?
Dov'é una banca?
Where is a bank?
Dov'é l’albergo Majestic? (Pronounced lal-bear-go.)
Where is the Majestic hotel?
Dov'é una banca? …un caffè? …un internet caffè?
Where is a bank? …a cafe? …an internet cafe?
Dov'é il albergo Hilton per favore?
Where is the Hilton hotel please?
Dov’é un medico o un ospedale?
(Pronounced oon may-dee-coh oh oon os-ped-ah-lay.)
Where is a doctor or a hospital?
Anyone who speaks fluent Italian will tell you that the above sentences are basic. But they will work! That’s the main thing.
You have the option of standing in the town square like a goldfish with your mouth opening and closing and nothing coming out, or you can say something that is not grammatically perfect, but gets you what you want. It’s an obvious choice!
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