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The Pocket Idiot's Guide to Italian Phrases, 2nd Edition by Gabrielle Euvino

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Chapter 1
Say It Like You See It
In This Chapter
• An Italian pronunciation guide
• The Italian alphabet
• Important Italian cognates
• Basic grammar
 
Say it like you see it—that’s the general rule. This chapter shows you the in’s and out’s of Italian pronunciation. You’ll see that Italian is not only fun, but also easy to learn, especially when you understand the basic ground rules.
I’ve also included an overview of Italian grammar that shows you how to manipulate the frasi (“phrases”; pronounced frah-zee) and vocabulary included in this book to suit your needs.

Pronouncing Italian Words

In Italian, the written language you read with your eyes and the spoken language you pronounce with your mouth are practically one and the same; what you see ...

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