Review of Italian for Tourists Pocket Edition

Reviewed by Erica Johansson

I wonder how come I haven’t made it to Italy yet. Ever since I knew the country existed (many, many years ago!), I’ve wanted to travel there. After watching The Talented Mr Ripley, shot in Rome, Naples and Positano, my desire to see Italy grew even stronger. I dream of admiring art in Florence, appreciate fashion in Milan, ride a gondola in Venice, discover Rome, relax on beaches in Sicily, visit Positano, eat home-cooked pasta and pizza, and, of course, speak Italian.

Italian for Tourists: Pocket Edition by Jo Linsdell offers everything you need for getting by in Italy for a couple of days or weeks. Apart from basic phrases and words tourists will need the most, the book includes a pronunciation guide and a small map of Italy.

Divided into 17 distinct chapters including Emergency, Common expressions, Greetings and introducing yourself, Transport, Hotel, Sightseeing, Asking and giving directions, Food and drink, Health, and Shopping, you can easily find what you’re looking for.

Having worked in hostels and as a tour guide plus lived in Italy for 7 years, Jo Linsdell had the right experience to create a guide to the Italian language. If you’re going to Italy, read this book before arriving.


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