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The Complete Idiot's Guide to Learning Italian, 3rd Edition by Gabrielle Euvino

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Chapter 4
You Have Amici: Cognates
In This Chapter
♦ Bridging the gap between languages by using cognates
♦ You know a lot more Italian than you think
♦ Breaking it down: the nouns, verbs, and adjectives you already know
♦ Why you should beware of false friends (in the Italian language, that is!)
What if you were told that you were already halfway to speaking Italian? Remember that English, although a Germanic language, contains many words of Latin origin. The list of Italian words you already know is longer than you can imagine. Some are virtually the same, whereas most are easily identified by their similarity to English. Telefono, attenzione, università, automobile, studente—the list goes on and on.

Cognates: A Bridge Between Languages

Cognates ...

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