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ISBN 978-1-118-00465-4 The international leader in language instruction Francesca Romana Onofri and Karen Antje Moller are veteran language Francesca Romana Onofri teachers. Teresa L. Picarazzi, PhD, teaches Italian at The Hopkins School and has lived and worked in Cortona, Florence, Ravenna, Siena, and Urbino. Karen Antje Moller Teresa L. Picarazzi, PhD Berlitz® Get More and Do More at Dummies.com ® Start with FREE Cheat Sheets Cheat Sheets include (cid:129) Checklists (cid:129) Charts Apps (cid:129) Common Instructions Mobile (cid:129) And Other Good Stuff! To access the Cheat Sheet created specifically for this book, go to www.dummies.com/cheatsheet/Italian Get Smart at Dummies.com Dummies.com makes your life easier with 1,000s of answers on everything from removing wallpaper to using the latest version of Windows. 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Library of Congress Control Number: 2011932102 ISBN: 978-1-118-00465-4 Manufactured in the United States of America 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 0011__99778811111188000044665544--ffffiirrss..iinndddd iivv 77//2266//1111 1100::1133 AAMM About the Authors Teresa Picarazzi graduated with a BA from Skidmore College and an MA/ PhD in Italian Literature from Rutgers University. For many years she taught Italian language, literature, and culture at several universities, including The University of Arizona, Wesleyan University, and Dartmouth College. She also directed the Italian language and study abroad programs at some of these. For the past six years, she has taught Italian at The Hopkins School in New Haven, Connecticut. In her spare time, Teresa likes to cook and read. She lives in Fairfi eld, Connecticut, with her daughter, her husband, Toby the dog, and Mittens and Governor the cats. The family spends every summer in Ravenna, Italy. After her university studies in linguistics and Spanish and English language and literature, Francesca Romana Onofri lived several years abroad to better her understanding of the cultures and languages of different countries. In Spain and Ireland she worked as an Italian and Spanish teacher, as well as a translator and interpreter at cultural events. In Germany she was respon- sible for communication and special events in a museum of modern art, but even then she never gave up on her passion for languages: She was an Italian coach and teacher at the Opera Studio of the Cologne Opera House, and did translations — especially in the art fi eld. Back in Italy, Francesca has edited several Berlitz Italian books and is working as a translator of art books, as well as a cultural events organizer and educator. Karen Möller is currently studying Italian and English linguistics, litera- ture, and culture. Before entering academia, Karen worked in the fi eld of public relations and wrote articles for all kinds of fashion magazines and newspapers. Recently she has had occasion to work with Berlitz Publishing on German-Italian projects, including verb, vocabulary, and grammar hand- books, and Italian exercise books. 0011__99778811111188000044665544--ffffiirrss..iinndddd vv 77//2266//1111 1100::1133 AAMM 0011__99778811111188000044665544--ffffiirrss..iinndddd vvii 77//2266//1111 1100::1133 AAMM Dedication I would like to dedicate this book to my parents, Mary and Domenico. —Teresa Picarazzi Author’s Acknowledgments I would like to thank my husband Giancarlo and daughter Emilia for their patience and support while I was working on this book, and my students, present and past, for their curiosity and love for all things Italian. I would also like to thank the people at Wiley for making this book come true: acquisi- tions editor Michael Lewis for contacting me; project editor Susan Hobbs for carefully guiding me step by step through the process, and technical editors Alicia Vitti and Christiana Thielmann for making me look at some aspects of Italian language and culture through a different lens. —Teresa Picarazzi 0011__99778811111188000044665544--ffffiirrss..iinndddd vviiii 77//2266//1111 1100::1133 AAMM Publisher’s Acknowledgments We’re proud of this book; please send us your comments at http://dummies.custhelp.com. For other comments, please contact our Customer Care Department within the U.S. at 877-762-2974, outside the U.S. at 317-572-3993, or fax 317-572-4002. 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