a self-study guide that helps you come prepared to Italian class

step-by-step examples

To show you how to get from an English structure to the equivalent Italian structure.

All the essentials

Straightforward lessons that focus more on the rules than the exceptions. Covers the grammar taught in beginning college courses.

Study Tips

Tips to help you learn Italian vocabulary and word forms, and to remember them.

one point per chapter

In each bite-sized lesson, authors Sergio Adorni and Karen Primorac explain one grammar concept and illustrates it with English and Italian examples.

Explained in English

To help you learn the grammar from the point of view of a language you already speak.

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Parts Of Speech

Learn how to identify English and Italian nouns, verbs, adjectives, prepositions so you can choose the correct equivalent to an English word. 

“Leaves” : sale or hojas? Depends on its part of speech: verb sale; noun hojas

Functions Of Words

Learn how to identify English and Italian subjects, direct and indirect object so you can choose the correct equivalent to an English word.

Learn to identify the function of words in English and Italian so you can choose the correct equivalent in English.

“Him” : lo or le? Depends on its function: direct object lo; indirect object → le

English and Italian Grammatical Terms

Learn of conjugation, gender, number, agreement so you’ll understand these terms that play an important role in Italian

Learn grammatical terms such as conjugation, gender, number, and agreement that play a minor role in English, but an important role in Italian.

“Red” : rojo  or roja?  Depends on  what is described:  a car → rojo;  a dress  → roja

Step-By-Step Analysis Of Examples

Learn how to get from an English structure to an equivalent Italian structure. Our examples will take you every step of the way. 

“This is the book I was talking about.” → series of steps  Este es el libro de que hablaba. (word-for-word: this is the book about which I was talking

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