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Valeria Malandra is a native speaker with extensive experience of teaching, translating and interpreting Italian. She is a Teaching Fellow at the University of Surrey.
Meet the author Only got a minute? Only got 5 minutes? Only got 10 minutes? How to use this book Sounding right: pronunciation and spelling 1 Good stress and bad stress 2 Soft and hard sounds 3 Say it like you write it 4 Euro, spaghetti bolognese and piu, puo, poi 5 Accent deficit disorder 6 Monday, January, English: NO CAPITALS PLEASE! 7 Drop the dead vowel 8 Word liposuction 9 Learn to count Getting the structure right Adverbs 10 Strategic positioning of the adverb 11 Use and abuse of anche 12 Was the meal well, good or beautiful? Comparatives and superlatives 13 Compare and contrast 14 Don't go over the top! Prepositions 15 Learn to do without di 16 Is it 'on' Monday? Pronouns 17 Keep your subjects under control 18 Don't be direct with your indirect pronouns 19 Quel or quello? Demonstrate your point! 20 Che: the big forgotten one Articles 21 The definite article: one in English, six in Italian Number and gender 22 The rules of plurality 23 Some people are singular 24 The gender of the problem Possessives 25 Mio marito, that's all you need Adjectives 26 Orders must be followed! Agreement 27 Italian is an agreeable language 28 Many, few and near: do they agree? 29 Verbal agreements Verbs 30 Essere o avere? That is the question 31 Perfect vs imperfect 32 Live in the present, look to the future 33 Reflect on reflexives 34 Piacere: put it back to front Choosing the right words 35 Careful with what you enjoy! 36 Prendere: don't take it for granted False friends 37 Going shopping at night 38 Don't fail to say how to succeed! 39 'In-pressive' mistakes 40 Eventually, earlier and possibly - plus some information and advice 41 How do you 'stay'? 42 Do you visit your friends or examine them? 43 Travel and drive, but don't get too excited! Cultural awareness 44 Please - to be used sparingly please 45 Have you got a title? Miscellaneous 46 Don't mix c'e with e 47 Do you 'prefer' or do you 'favour'? 48 Time is of the essence 49 Sei single? 50 Work, age, and finally ...! Glossary of grammatical terms Index