In This Chapter
♦ A history of the Italian language
♦ What’s a dialect?
♦ What are idioms, anyway?
♦ Using your bilingual dictionary
♦ Why grammar is the key to la bella lingua
This chapter offers you a brief history of Italian and compares it with English. It also provides a summary of different parts of grammatica and attempts to take away some of the intimidation factor that often accompanies learning a new lingua.
Just Kicking Around
The Italians have been around for a long time, and as you know, Italian derives from Latin, the language used by the Romans. Incidentally, the province in which Rome (called Roma by Italians) resides is called Lazio (Lathium in English) because it was originally inhabited by the ...