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La Bella Lingua

La Bella Lingua

My Love Affair with Italian, the World's Most Enchanting Language

  • Author: Dianne Hales
  • Publisher: Broadway Books
  • ISBN: 9780767932110
  • Category: Travel
  • Page: 256
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“Italians say that someone who acquires a new language ‘possesses’ it. In my case, Italian possesses me. With Italian racing like blood through my veins, I do indeed see with different eyes, hear with different ears, and drink in the world with all my senses…” A celebration of the language and culture of Italy, La Bella Lingua is the story of how a language shaped a nation, told against the backdrop of one woman’s personal quest to speak fluent Italian. For anyone who has been to Italy, the fantasy of living the Italian life is powerfully seductive. But to truly become Italian, one must learn the language. This is how Dianne Hales began her journey. In La Bella Lingua, she brings the story of her decades-long experience with the “the world’s most loved and lovable language” together with explorations of Italy’s history, literature, art, music, movies, lifestyle, and food in a true opera amorosa—a labor of her love of Italy. Throughout her first excursion in Italy—with “non parlo Italiano” as her only Italian phrase—Dianne delighted in the beauty of what she saw but craved comprehension of what she heard. And so she chose to inhabit the language. Over more than twenty-five years she has studied Italian in every way possible: through Berlitz, books, CDs, podcasts, private tutorials and conversation groups, and, most importantly, large blocks of time in Italy. In the process she found that Italian became not just a passion and a pleasure, but a passport into Italy’s storia and its very soul. She offers charming insights into what makes Italian the most emotionally expressive of languages, from how the “pronto” (“Ready!”) Italians say when they answer the telephone conveys a sense of something coming alive, to how even ordinary things such as a towel (asciugamano) or handkerchief (fazzoletto) sound better in Italian. She invites readers to join her as she traces the evolution of Italian in the zesty graffiti on the walls of Pompeii, in Dante’s incandescent cantos, and in Boccaccio’s bawdy Decameron. She portrays how social graces remain woven into the fabric of Italian: even the chipper “ciao,” which does double duty as “hi” and “bye,” reflects centuries of bella figura. And she exalts the glories of Italy’s food and its rich and often uproarious gastronomic language: Italians deftly describe someone uptight as a baccala (dried cod), a busybody who noses into everything as a prezzemolo (parsley), a worthless or banal movie as a polpettone (large meatball). Like Dianne, readers of La Bella Lingua will find themselves innamorata, enchanted, by Italian, fascinated by its saga, tantalized by its adventures, addicted to its sound, and ever eager to spend more time in its company.

La Passione

La Passione

How Italy Seduced the World

  • Author: Dianne Hales
  • Publisher: Crown Archetype
  • ISBN: 0451499182
  • Category: History
  • Page: 320
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From the New York Times bestselling author knighted by the President of Italy for her writing, a jubilant exploration of how Italy transformed the Western world's most vibrant passions -- from literature to art, music to movies. No country has matched Italy’s impact on culture. Just think of painting without Leonardo, opera without Verdi, fashion without Armani, food without the signature tastes of pasta, gelato, and pizza. The first universities, first banks, first public libraries? All Italian. Dianne Hales attributes these landmark achievements to la passione italiana, a primal force that stems from an insatiable hunger to discover and create; to love and live with every fiber of one's being. This fierce drive, millennia in the making, blazes to life in the Sistine Chapel, surges through a Puccini aria, deepens a vintage Brunello, and rumbles in a gleaming Ferrari engine. Our ideal tour guide, Hales sweeps readers along on her adventurous quest for the secrets of la passione. She swims in the playgrounds of mythic gods, shadows artisanal makers of chocolate and cheese, joins in Sicily’s Holy Week traditions, celebrates a neighborhood Carnevale in Venice, and explores pagan temples, vineyards, silk mills, movie sets, crafts studios, and fashion salons. She introduces us, through sumptuous prose, to unforgettable Italians, historical and contemporary, all brimming with the greatest of Italian passions—for life itself. A lyrical portrait of a spirit as well as a nation, La Passione appeals to the Italian in all our souls, inspiring us to be as daring as Italy’s gladiators, as eloquent as its poets, as alluring as its beauties, and as irresistible as its lovers.

An Invitation to Health: Building Your Future, Brief Edition

An Invitation to Health: Building Your Future, Brief Edition

  • Author: Dianne Hales
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • ISBN: 1285544978
  • Category: Health & Fitness
  • Page: 560
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Do you want to better understand how your personal health affects your daily life? Do you want to make healthier choices and change certain behaviors? Learn It and Live It with AN INVITATION TO HEALTH: BUILD YOUR FUTURE, Brief Edition. This student-oriented text helps you assess your health behaviors, encourages behavior change, and gives you practical ways to achieve it. Through its clear and engaging writing style, this text addresses current issues related to health and wellness that can affect you now and throughout your life. Delivering the most current coverage available, this book equips you with practical ideas and tools that you can immediately apply to your own life, helping you make informed decisions about your mental, emotional, and physical well-being. Available with InfoTrac Student Collections http://gocengage.com/infotrac. Important Notice: Media content referenced within the product description or the product text may not be available in the ebook version.

An Invitation to Health

An Invitation to Health

  • Author: Dianne Hales
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • ISBN: 130563800X
  • Category: Health & Fitness
  • Page: 704
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Commit to a healthy lifestyle with the newest edition of AN INVITATION TO HEALTH from renowned author Dianne Hales. Packed with discussions on personal health—from physical and mental health to social and sexual issues—this market-leading book candidly explores the mind, body, and spirit, and compels you to start making improvements today. Readings include a new chapter on consumer health, with “Consumer Alert” features to critically evaluate your health care options, along with no-cost and low-cost ways to make changes that yield big benefits. More than a superficial self-help approach, AN INVITATION TO HEALTH: The Power of Now! presents hard data, such as ACHA’s 2013 National College Health Assessment, new DSM-5 criteria, and federal reports on the health of our nation and the international community. Practical exercises and features also help you begin positive change today by evaluating your diet, exercise habits, relationships, social media presence, and much more. Important Notice: Media content referenced within the product description or the product text may not be available in the ebook version.

Going Places

Going Places

A Reader's Guide to Travel Narratives

  • Author: Robert Burgin
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO
  • ISBN: 1598849727
  • Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
  • Page: 572
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Successfully navigate the rich world of travel narratives and identify fiction and nonfiction read-alikes with this detailed and expertly constructed guide.

Routledge Encyclopedia of Language Teaching and Learning

Routledge Encyclopedia of Language Teaching and Learning

  • Author: Michael Byram,Adelheid Hu
  • Publisher: Routledge
  • ISBN: 1136235531
  • Category: Foreign Language Study
  • Page: 856
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The Routledge Encyclopedia of Language Teaching and Learning is an authoritative reference dealing with all aspects of this increasingly important field of study. Offering a comprehensive range of articles on contemporary language teaching and its history, it has been produced specifically for language teaching professionals and as a reference work for academic studies at postgraduate level. In this new edition, every single entry has been reviewed and updated with reference to new developments and publications. Coverage has been expanded to reflect new technological, global and academic developments, with particular attention to areas such as online and distance learning, teacher and learner cognition, testing, assessment and evaluation, global English and teacher education. Themes and disciplines covered include: Methods and materials, including new technologies and materials development Contexts and concepts, such as mediation, risk-taking in language learning and intercomprehension Influential figures from the early days of language teaching to the contemporary Related disciplines, such as psychology, anthropology and corpus linguistics? It covers the teaching of specific languages, including Japanese, Chinese, Arabic and African languages, as well as English, French, German and Spanish. There are thirty five overview articles dealing with issues such as communicative language teaching, early language learning, teacher education and syllabus and curriculum design. A further 160 entries focus on topics such as bilingualism, language laboratories and study abroad. Numerous shorter items examine language and cultural institutions, professional associations and acronyms. Multiple cross-references enable the user to browse from one entry to another, and there are suggestions for further reading. Written by an international team of specialists, the Routledge Encyclopedia of Language Teaching and Learning is an invaluable resource and reference manual for anyone with a professional or academic interest in the subject.

Why Should I Learn to Speak Italian?

Why Should I Learn to Speak Italian?

The Strugglers' Guide to "La Bella Lingua"

  • Author: Dubbin Gerry
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: 9780994598608
  • Category: Foreign Language Study
  • Page: 224
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Find out why you should learn the world's most beautiful language, and how you can achieve fluency more effectively. Gerry Dubbin is a native English-speaker who, after discovering the charms of Italy as a business traveller, set his mind and will to the goal of achieving fluency in Italian. Hoping to more fully enjoy the country, its culture, and the friendship and hospitality of its people, after numerous hours spent in language schools he hit a wall. Like so many language students, he found the kind of tuition available in his home country was not enough to help him develop crucial thinking and speaking skills. By thoroughly reviewing a wide range of alternative resources and techniques, he hit upon a simple but effective course of self-study that allowed him to finally become capable and confident in this enchanting language. Here, Gerry explodes myths around conventional language-learning schools and debunks the exaggerated claims of the many resources that promise instant conversational ability. Through the story of how he learned Italian, you will learn some common-sense "secrets," as well as specific resources that you can use to approach fluency, just as he did. Along the way you'll find out more about Italy and its way of life, history, and culture. You'll also discover Treviso - the charming city where Gerry immersed himself in the final stage of his self-tuition plan to implant spoken Italian firmly in his mind. In this book, you will experience the magic of the Italian language and discover how to not just speak it, but to think and feel it. Your journey to Italian fluency starts today

The Spectator

The Spectator

  • Author: N.A
  • Publisher: N.A
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Quarterly Bulletin of the Providence Public Library

Quarterly Bulletin of the Providence Public Library

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  • Publisher: N.A
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  • Category: Classified catalogs
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The Nation

The Nation

  • Author: N.A
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: N.A
  • Category: United States
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