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We recommend a small bilingual pocket dictionary (Italian to/from your mother tongue), plus the following text books:
Beginner 1 Material is supplied as part of your course, so there is no need to buy a textbook.
However, if you want to buy Nuovo Espresso 1 below it will cover B1 and subsequent levels.
Beginner 2 & 3
Italian Espresso 1 + CD Nuovo Espresso 1 (Blue/white cover)
(ISBN: 9788861823181)

Important: There is an English version "New Italian Espresso" and an Italian version "Nuovo Italian Espresso". They both look similar, but you should buy the ITALIAN version. Please use the ISBN number above.

You can get Nuovo Espresso with or without an accompanying DVD. The DVD version is more expensive, but you do not need to purchse this. The non-DVD version is fine.
  Intermediate 1, 2&3 + Pre-advanced

Nuovo Espresso 2

Book + DVD ROM (ISBN: 9788861823204)

Book only (ISBN: 9788861823211)

  PreAdvanced 1, 2 & 3

Nuovo Espresso 3

Book + DVD ROM (ISBN: 9788861823389)

Book only (ISBN: 9788861823396)

  Advanced 1, 2

Nuovo Espresso 4

Book + DVD ROM (ISBN: 9788861825055)

  Recommended for Beginner 3 through to Pre-Advanced 2

essere o avere: Come scegliere l'ausiliare giusto

Book (ISBN: 9788861825512)

This workbook aims to answer one of the most common questions posed by students of Italian as a foreign language: how do you know which auxiliary verb to choose when using compound tenses? Essere (to be) or avere (to have)?

The workbook is easy-to-use, providing clear tables and useful hints and suggestions to dispel any doubts about whether to use 'essere' or 'avere'. It is divided into 2 sections: the first provides helpful thematic tables and explanations; the second presents a range of exercises and activities for ample practice.


The most reliable place to buy the above textbooks is the Italian Bookshop (details below). You may also find the books on Blackwell online, Amazon, eBay, etc.


The Italian Bookshop

123 Gloucester Rd,
London SW7 4TE
Telephone: +44 (0)207 240 1634

If you buy from the Italian Bookshop, tell them you are student of ours and you should receive a 10% discount.

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