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An Italian book suitable for a beginner

I suggest you to read books that you already read in your own language. This way is simpler to follow the story. I used this method to learn English and it helped me a lot. In alternative, for a easy ...
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Is Duolingo's approach effective?

TL;DR: With only Duolingo you will sound not like a book, but like a tourist who has somehow memorized a very long phrasebook. However Duolingo together with other learning aids can be a very powerful ...
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History of Italian dialects?

One of the standard works on the subject is certainly the three-volume Grammatica storica della lingua italiana e dei suoi dialetti by the German philologist Gerhard Rohlfs, published in Italian by ...
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Books on the evolution of Latin into Italian?

For the sake of completeness, let's separate the comparative grammar of Italian, explained in relation to Latin and/or English - as in the pamphlet you link to - and the historical transformation of ...
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An Italian book suitable for a beginner

I strongly recommend anything by Gianni Rodari. "Favole al telefono" is truly a gem. Easy to read, good and small stories, perfect to learn and practice written Italian. Il protagonista è il ...
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Phonetic transcription dictionary

A good Italian pronunciation dictionary is DOP, Dizionario d’ortografia e di pronunzia della RAI. At this dictionary, you can see phonetic transcriptions and listen to the pronunciation of words.
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Preserving Italian dialects

One thing you might try to do is to contact the Comitato per la Salvaguardia dei Patrimoni Linguistici (Committee for the safeguard of the linguistic heritages). This is an association whose goal is ...
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An Italian book suitable for a beginner

Since you say It need not be a book; any substantial text that keeps the language simple will do; have you tried song texts? (Sadly) the texts of most of today's pop songs are quite simple from a ...
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An Italian book suitable for a beginner

If you prefer to read more recent literature which is not intended for youths, I can tell you that the first book I read in Italian was La solitudine dei numeri primi by Paolo Giordano and I found it ...
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Letter writing: sample Italian formal letters

You can look at this link from Zanichelli or at this one. The first one is easier to understand for a non-Italian, the second is a bit more difficult IMHO. If you aren't able to translate some part ...
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What is the best way to start learning Italian language?

I don't know if it's the best way, but it has worked for me: I've always learned Italian as an autodidact. I started with the Assimil method, based on reading and listening in such a way that you end ...
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Monolingual Italian learner's dictionaries with small defining vocabulary

The only monolingual Italian learner's dictionary I have found is Dizionario italiano per stranieri, published by Giunti Demetra at its series Scuola d'italiano. I don't have this dictionary, but I ...
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Easy Italian literature

These are some Italian books recommended by the Official Language Schools of Catalonia to students who have an A1 level and are learning to acquire an A2 level: Andrea Camilleri: La relazione. ...
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What are the most recognized Italian language certifications available for foreign language speakers?

To add to WGroleau's answer, according to the University of Manchester, "The PLIDA (Progetto Lingua Italiana Dante Alighieri) certificate is an official Diploma issued by the Società Dante Alighieri ...
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What are the most recognized Italian language certifications available for foreign language speakers?

It would be any exam compliant with the CEFR. http://www.coe.int/t/dg4/linguistic/Cadre1_en.asp
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What is the Italian equivalent of The Chicago Manual of Style?

I am not sure there is a single Italian style guide accepted or used by all or most in the publishing industry (I am not sure this is the case for English either, at least if we consider together AmE ...
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Multilingual dictionaries of mathematical terms

Wikipedia has these lists: https://it.wikipedia.org/wiki/Progetto:Matematica/Traduzioni comprising English/Italian, French/Italian, German/Italian (and vice versa).
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Textbooks for CELI exams

The textbooks I know are those ones from the series Come prepararsi all'esame del CELI from Guerra Edizioni. I have seen them in some Barcelona libraries. These are books that propose you exercises ...
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Database parole italiane

Di recente ho avuto anch'io la stessa necessità e ho provato a generarne uno a partire da alcuni già noti, fra cui quello che hai menzionato, e usando lo spell-checker di MS Word come "filtro&...
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Come insegnare italiano

Grazie a tutti per le risposte. Alla fine ho trovato molte risorse online che mi hanno aiutato a preparare la prima lezione. Loescher ha ottime schede di grammatica scaricabili gratuitamente 1 ...
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Books on the evolution of Latin into Italian?

Another interesting book is Manuale di linguistica e filologia romanza (Il Mulino, Bologna, 2003, 3rd edition from 2009 in the link) by Lorenzo Renzi and Alvise Andreose, which covers the evolution ...
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Italian magazine for teenage girls?

Based on the size of their sales, I have three weekly magazines to suggest: Topolino (http://topolino.it/) is the most popular Italian magazine for the youth. Besides the Disney cartoons, it features ...
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Where does one find pronunciation, spelling, and phonetic rules in English for Italian?

I am hoping that as I learn to read Italian, that my spelling will necessarily improve as well, since I will understand the phonetics better, and when to use all the accent marks, etc. that we do not ...
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Phonetic transcription dictionary

I found the CMU Sphinx's whole acoustic model for Italian. The *.tar.gz contains the pronunciation dictionary. And it is, unfortunately, terrible. For example, according to it "zucchero" should be ...
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Cross-language equivalents of Italian proper names

TL; DR: Such a website is unrealistic, because the relationship between names in different languages are way to messy for it to be feasible. Name correspondence between languages is always flawed and ...
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Why Italian monolingual dictionaries usually take complex/archaic examples from books instead of creating simple examples?

While, as DaG has said, this tendency has been decreasing (and probably absent from more modern dictionaries, although I still remember it quite alive in the Devoto-Oli, the dictionary I used in ...
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Any good resources on how to write better in Italian?

I have an amazing and updated suggestion for you that I have recently found out! I went to a Professional communication and writing skill class in Milano (università Cattolica) and these were the ...
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What are the most recognized Italian language certifications available for foreign language speakers?

I was in the same situation as Muhammad some months ago, so I asked several people and they advised me to do the CILS because, according to them, it's the most widely recognised one, especially if you ...
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What are the most recognized Italian language certifications available for foreign language speakers?

I live in Thessaloniki, Greece, and I studied Italian language in many schools in order to obtain my first degree. My last school was Galileo Galilei (you can find it in Facebook), a well organised ...
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Movies and books in Italian

As another beginner, I too am always on the lookout for free content for beginners. Unfortunately, we are a limited target audience and I have yet to find satisfactory free content. Hopefully someone ...
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