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Avanti: Beginning Italian


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Capitolo 1 Per cominciareStrategie di comunicazioneGreeting someoneFinding out someone's nameFinding out where someone is fromSaying good-byeExpressing likes and dislikesAlphabet and pronunciationMonths and seasonsNumbers from 0 to 9,999StruttureGenderIndefinite articlesNumberDefinite articlesThe verb piacereCulturaPer saperne di piuGenderNumberCapitolo 2 Com'e?Strategie di comunicazioneAsking how someone isAsking someone's nationalityLessicoDescribing people, places, and thingsStruttureAdjectivesThe verbs essere (to be) and avere (to have)There is / There arePossessive adjectivesCulturaPer saperne di piuAdjectivesIrregular plural adjectivesThe demonstrative pronouns questo and quelloOther adjectives that precede the nounThe verbs essere (to be) and avere (to have)Capitolo 3 Cosa ti piace fare?Strategie di comunicazioneGetting someone's attention; Asking and telling timeAsking when events occurSaying what you like to do in your free timeLessicoTalking about your daily activitiesStruttureThe infinitive of the verbThe present indicative of regular verbsVerbs with spelling and/or pronunciation changesIrregular verbsCulturaPer saperne di piuIrregular verbsThe verbs rimanere (to remain) and scegliere (to choose)Capitolo 4 Che bella famiglia!Strategie di comunicazioneMeeting people and finding out what they do for a livingCommenting on things and complimenting peopleLessicoTalking about your familyStrutturePossessive adjectivesPossessives with family membersInterrogativesThe interrogatives quanto (how much) and quale (which)The present indicativeMore irregular verbsAdjectivesThe comparativeCulturaPer saperne di piuSuffixesThe comparativeComparatives of inequality with cheComparatives of equalityCapitolo 5 A tavola!Strategie di comunicazioneInviting someone to do somethingDeclining an invitation and making excusesLessicoRestaurant terms and items on an Italian menuStruttureThe superlativeVerb + infinitivePrepositionsThe partitiveCulturaPer saperne di piuPrepositionsThe preposition diThe preposition daThe pronoun ciCapitolo 6 I vestiti e la modaStrategie di comunicazioneMaking polite requestsAsking permissionLessicoDescribing your clothesStruttureDirect and indirect objectsPresent progressiveReflexive verbsAdverbsCulturaPer saperne di piuAdverbsMolto and pocoBuono/cattivo versus bene/maleCapitolo 7 Cosa hai fatto questo weekend?Strategie di comunicazioneExpressing surprise, pain, and so onAsking what happenedLessicoTalking about your weekend activitiesStruttureThe present perfect of regular verbsThe present perfect of irregular verbsNegative expressionsCulturaPer saperne di piuThe present perfectSapere and conoscerePiacereNegative expressionsOther negative expressionsCapitolo 8 Che bella festa!Strategie di comunicazioneAsking for informationExpressing good wishesLessicoTalking about Italian and American holiday celebrationsStruttureReflexive verbsReciprocal verbsThe present perfectThe present perfect of reflexive and reciprocal verbsDefinite and indefinite articlesThe use of definite and indefinite articlesPrepositionsThe prepositions in and aCulturaPer saperne di piuThe present perfectThe present perfect of dovere, potere, and volerePrepositionsThe pronoun neCapitolo 9 La scuola e i giovaniStrategie di comunicazioneFinding out someone's future plansDescribing how things used to beLessicoTalking about education and professionsStruttureThe imperfectThe imperfect versus the present perfectThe past progressiveCulturaPer saperne di piuThe imperfect versus the present perfectda/per + expressions of timeSapere and conoscereCapitolo 10 La vita e il benessereStrategie di comunicazioneExpressing regretExpressing regret, sorrow, and making apologiesLessicoActivities, hobbies, and well-beingLa saluteStruttureUsing the present to talk about the futureThe futureHypotheticals of probabilityCulturaPer saperne di piuThe futureThe future of probabilityCapitolo 11 Casa dolce casaStrategie di comunicazioneManaging conversationsSeeking approval and expressing hesitationLessicoDescribing Italian houses and furnitureStruttureObject pronounsIndefinite pronounsThe relative pronoun cheCulturaPer saperne di piuObject pronounsObject pronouns and the present perfectIndefinite pronounsIndefinite adjectivesThe relative pronoun cheThe relative pronoun cui (whom/which)Capitolo 12 In cittaStrategie di comunicazioneExpressing opinionsLessicoTalking about Italian cities and townsStruttureThe present perfect of irregular verbsThe past absoluteThe imperfect versus the passato prossimoThe imperfect versus the past absoluteThe comparativeThe irregular comparativeObject pronounsMore about the verb piacereCulturaPer saperne di piuObject pronounsDouble object pronounsCapitolo 13 Andiamo in ferie!Strategie di comunicazioneExpressing wishes and desiresMaking suggestions and giving adviceLessicoTalking about vacationsStruttureThe present conditionalThe informal imperativeThe formal imperativeCulturaPer saperne di piuThe present conditionalThe past conditionalCapitolo 14 Chi sono gli italiani?Strategie di comunicazioneTalking about what people do in generalExplaining how things are doneLessicoTalking about Italian society todayStruttureSi + verbThe present subjunctiveVerbs and expressions followed by the subjunctiveCulturaPer saperne di piuThe present subjunctiveMore irregular verbs in the subjunctiveVerbs and expressions followed by the subjunctivea/di + infinitiveCapitolo 15 Quali lingue parli?Strategie di comunicazioneAsking and verifying whether someone can do somethingRecognizing regional varieties of ItalianLessicoThe languages of ItalyStruttureThe past subjunctiveThe subjunctive versus the indicativeHypotheticals of possibilityCulturaPer saperne di piuThe subjunctive versus the indicativeConjunctions followed by the subjunctiveHypotheticals of possibilityThe imperfect subjunctiveCapitolo 16 Sono famosiStrategie di comunicazioneMaking recommendationsLessicoTalking about historical people and eventsStruttureThe infinitive and present indicativeThe present perfectThe imperfectObject pronounsCulturaPer saperne di piuObject pronounsStressed pronounsPronominal verbs and the idiomatic expressions: andarsene, farcela, and avercela con qualcuno

About the Author

Janice M. Aski is assistant professor and director of the Italian language program at The Ohio State University. She specializes in foreign language pedagogy and historical Italian/Romance linguistics. Her research in foreign language pedagogy explores a variety of topics, such as testing, teaching reading at the elementary level, and how first-year Italian textbooks and grammar practice activities reflect the most current research in second language acquisition. Her publications in historical Italian/Romance linguistics focus on the social, pragmatic and cognitive aspects of phonological and morphological change. Diane Musumeci is Associate Professor of Italian and SLATE (Second Language Acquisition and Teacher Education) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where she is Head of the Department of Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese. She received her Ph.D. in Italian linguistics with a Certificate of Advanced Study in SLATE from the University of Illinois at Urban-Champaign in 1989. For sixteen years she was the Director of the Italian language program. She conducts research in content-based instruction and classroom language acquisition. She teaches a wide range of courses from Italian language and linguistics to doctoral seminars on the history of second language teaching. She has published numerous articles and chapters in books and is the author of Il carciofo: Strategie di lettura e proposte d'attiviti? (McGraw-Hill, 1990) and Breaking Tradition: An Exploration of the Historical Relationship Between Theory and Practice in Second Language Teaching (McGraw-Hill, 1997).

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