Learning the Language

Speak Italian: The Fine Art of the Gesture

by Bruno Munari

Attenzione! They say that a gesture is worth 1000 words, and when it comes to speaking with your hands, the Italians speak volumes. This quirky bilingual handbook of Italian gestures, first published in 1958 by renowned Milanese artist and graphic designer Bruno Munari, will help the phalange-phobic decipher the unspoken language of gestures, a language not found in any dictionary. Charming black-and-white photos and wry captions evoke an Italy of days gone by. Speak Italian gives a little hand to anyone who has ever been at a loss for words.

Ottavia e i Gatti di Roma – Octavia and the Cats of Rome: A bilingual picture book in Italian and English

by Claudia Cerulli & Leo Lätti (Illustrator)

An adventurous story of two cats who call the ancient monuments of Rome their home. Follow Octavia and Julius in their tour of the best-loved sights of the Eternal City, with stops at the Trevi Fountain, the Spanish Steps, the Coliseum, and the famed Mouth of Truth. Discover more about Rome and the sights mentioned in the story in the informative section at the end of the book. Use the location map to plan your own walking tour of Rome to see all the sights visited by the two cats and engage young children with a treasure hunt in the heart of Rome. The text in Italian with English translation on every page will help Italian language students learn new words and practice their reading skills. Those who love animals will enjoy this entertaining little adventure where two kittens are the bold protagonists.

Italy: Picture Book (Educational Children’s Books Collection) – Level 2

by Planet Collection

Are you interested in expanding your child’s vocabulary? As a part of the Planet Collection, Italy offers facts, descriptions and thought inspiring questions alongside amazing photographs of Italy. Toddlers and babies will love looking at the photos, while the older children will be able to grow their minds through reading the passages.

First Italian Reader: A Dual-Language Book

by Stanley Appelbaum

Beginning students of Italian language and literature will welcome this bilingual anthology edited especially for their needs. Ranging from the 14th to the 20th centuries, it features the works of Dante, Boccaccio, Pirandello, and 52 others in both the original Italian and expert English translations on the facing pages. Selections include excerpts from poetry, fiction, history, and philosophy. A solid background in Italian grammar is necessary for the fullest appreciation of the original text. The excerpts are unadulterated, not retold or simplified. Readers can sample the works of men renowned for other talents, such as Michelangelo and Galileo, and discover the original language of The Decameron, The Prince, and even Pinocchio.