The Conversational Italian for Travelers series of books is available now on Amazon.com! A PDF version of any of our books is also available for purchase to download into electronic devices on Learn Travel Italian.com.
The books are published by Stella Lucente, LLC, a publishing company dedicated to the production of unique language and travel-related books and materials for adults. Look for our logo, which means “shining star” in Italian.
Our first series of books under the Stella Lucente label, Conversational Italian for Travelers, is unique in that it serves to teach the Italian language in a gradual, understandable way, and can be used as a reference book for frequently used expressions spoken by Italians today.
Three main sections describe the information covered: “Transportation,” “City Life,” and “Hotels and Restaurants”—with three full chapters on how to read Italian menus!
The textbook offers enjoyable reading as we follow our main character Caterina, a young Italian-American woman, through her travels in Italy. The textbook includes cultural notes about important places and events that Caterina encounters during her trip.
Several books in the series contain excerpts from the larger textbook in the format of smaller reference books. These books include Just the Important Phrases (with Restaurant Vocabulary and Idiomatic Expressions), Just the Grammar, and Just the Verbs, for those who want only select material. These books are also available on Amazon.com and Learn Travel Italian.com.
The companion Audio Dialogue Practice Books (Volume 1 for beginners and Volume 2 for intermediate students) are now available in softcover or for download, with the audio for each phrase soon to be up on the Internet. These practice books are great for the classroom as an aid to get students to start talking. They are filled with conversation-type examples that correspond to the grammar and verb sections in each chapter of the textbook. Audio will soon be available on the Learn Travel Italian website.
Try our books for your next trip to Italy!
Read our books and then visit our website at Learn Travel Italian.com to hear the interactive audio dialogues recorded by native Italian speakers for all 18 textbook chapters!
Listen as much as you want, at your own pace!
The Conversational Italian for Travelers textbook is fun and friendly, not formal like most language books, and teaches everything you need to know to travel to Italy. If you want to really understand the Italian of today, you need this book!
Conversational Italian for Travelers – Textbook
We learn language and culture as we follow the character Caterina in dialogues that detail her travels through Italy. As she boards planes and trains, and finally takes a ride in her cousin’s car, we learn how to do these things in Italian. When she meets up with her Italian family, we learn phrases for communicating with others, including what to say if you meet someone special, how to go shopping, and how to use the telephone. Finally, Caterina goes on a trip to Lago Maggiore with her Italian family, and we learn phrases needed to stay at a hotel, go sightseeing, and of course, go to a restaurant and order wonderful Italian food! Many Italian dishes commonly ordered in Italian restaurants are listed in the last three chapters of the book. The Conversational Italian for Travelers textbook really makes the Italian language and culture come alive!
Below we list our reference books, with material reproduced from our textbook for quick and easy reference every day, even while in Italy!
Just the Important Phrases (with Restaurant Vocabulary and Idiomatic Expressions) – Pocket Reference Book
Your traveling companion in Italy! If you are traveling to Italy, you need this book! Excerpts from the “Just the Important Phrases” sections in the Conversational Italian for Travelers textbook have been compiled in a pocket-size reference book perfect for taking along on your trip! Keep handy simple phrases of greeting, how to change money, or how to take the train. Learn about how to communicate politely in any situation. And, of course, learn how to read Italian menus and order at an Italian restaurant! Included are excerpts from the “Idiomatic Expressions” section of the textbook and a list of many Italian dishes commonly ordered in Italian restaurants. Just the Important Phrases contains everything you need to know to converse like a native while in Italy!
Just the Verbs – Reference Book
If you are a teacher or student of Italian, you need this reference book! All the information you need to know about how to use Italian verbs is set out in clear language with easy-to-read, color-coded tables. Like the textbook from which it is derived, Just the Verbs focuses on the conversational use of Italian, with detailed explanations made interesting and fun by focusing on travel situations. Present, imperative, past, future, and conditional tenses are covered, with realistic examples from daily life. Also, you can find excerpts from the “Grammar” and “Idiomatic Expressions” sections of the Conversational Italian for Travelers textbook. As a complete work in and of itself, this book makes learning Italian verbs really come alive!
Just the Grammar – Reference Book
If you are a teacher or student of Italian, you need this reference book! All the Italian grammar you need to know is set out in clear language with easy-to-read, color-coded tables. Like the textbook from which it is derived, Just the Grammar focuses on the conversational use of Italian, with detailed explanations made interesting and fun by focusing on travel situations. Italian definite articles, nouns, adjectives, adverbs, possessive adjectives, object pronouns, the partitive, and cognates are covered, with emphasis on Italian sentence structure and realistic examples from daily life. Also, you can find excerpts from the “Numbers,” “Verbs,” and “Idiomatic Expressions” sections of the Conversational Italian for Travelers textbook. As a complete work in and of itself, this book makes learning Italian grammar really come alive!