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Italian in 10 Minutes a Day
by Kristine Kershul
Order:  USA  Can
Bilingual Books, 2002 (1992)
* * *   Reviewed by Ayesha Baumgartner

Italian in 10 Minutes a Day is one of an excellent series of foreign language workbooks. It gives both the everyday traveller and the serious language student a good start in speaking Italian, and an immediate ability to communicate at some level. It begins with a phonetic pronunciation guide.

It's an excellent, fun, and educational workbook, that begins with simple words and phrases, and continues by building on what has already been learned. I like the emphasis on 10 minutes a day as it establishes the habit of learning something new, and allows the student to build on progress made the day before. Students are encouraged to work at their own pace - to stop after 10 minutes, or keep on going.

As the student progresses through the workbook (which is enhanced by many colorful illustrations), more Italian words are included in the exercise questions, again reinforcing what has already been learned. At the back of the workbook is a glossary of Italian words used, and a set of flashcards to be cut out and used to practice verbs and phrases. 150 sticky (removable) labels are included, to be attached to objects (such as a mug) named on the sticker, for regular reminders.

There are word games and crossword puzzles to fill in, and beverage and menu guides to take along to an Italian restaurant or on that trip to Venice. I recommend Italian in 10 Minutes a Day highly, especially if worked on while also listening to Italian (on cassette or CD), so that you can actually hear how the words sound, spoken by a native speaker.

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