Italian Now! L’italiano d’oggi! (Level 1)

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This book by Marcel Danesi was the most basic Italian text I used. It is a book you can truly use from a starting point of zero Italian knowledge; other beginners' books that claim you can start from nothing often work better with a little knowledge.</p>
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<em>Italian Now! L'italiano d'oggi! </em>says something in its preface that I think is both true and important about the way the information is delivered: in "brief units (instead of long and complicated chapters), with digestible information in them." So many books and other learning programs are not realistic about how quickly information can be absorbed.</p>
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In combination with <a href="http://ellenjovin.com/review/pimsleur-italian">Pimsleur Italian</a>&nbsp;audio lessons, <em>Italian Now!</em> helped me get to the point where I was able to manage all the other Italian grammar books I had much more effectively.</p>
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What I didn’t love about this one was that it felt very kid-oriented, in the layout and in the exercises, with illustrated dialogues and crossword puzzles. Nonetheless, the pacing was excellent, there was lots of great drilling, and I learned a ton.</p>
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A new edition of <em>Italian Now!</em> came out in 2012. I haven't seen that one, so please be aware that this review applies to the 2005 edition.</p>

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