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Capstone Pr Inc
This book provides an introduction to the Italian language, showing where it is spoken and who speaks it, differences and similarities between Italian and English, and introducing some key basic vocabulary and phrases.

Publisher: Chicago, Ill. : Heinemann Library, c2012
ISBN: 9781432951832
Branch Call Number: JX 458.2421 MED
Characteristics: 32 p. :,col. ill., col. map ;,23 cm.


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Nov 20, 2016

Overall this is a good book, but it contains some inaccuracies, as far as I can tell. I am not a native speaker of Italian, but I did live there for a year when I was 15.

Page 7: The book refers to speakers in Tuscany as using an "h" sound instead of a hard "c" ("k"). I've never heard this, and wonder if they're confused with the regional variation of pronouncing "ch" sound as "sh", which they do in that area.

Page 11: The book refers to accents (é & è) as changing the sound of the vowels. That is how accents work in French, but in Italian they do something completely different - they shows which syllable should be emphasized when pronouncing the word.

Page 13: I've never heard the word "addio" used, not to say it doesn't exist. Perhaps this is regional.

The second half of the book is good, and there are several things referred to which do speak to my experience there:

-Most people living in apartments in cities
-The "Passeggiata", or evening stroll
-Attending school 6 days a week, it starting quite early and ending early enough to go home for pranzo (which really means dinner rather than lunch)
-High schools specializing in different subject areas
-3 course meals

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