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Titles in Barron's extensive Painless Series cover a wide range of subjects as they are taught on middle school and high school levels. These books are written for students who find the subjects unusually difficult and confusing--or in many cases, just plain boring. Barron's Painless Series authors' main goal is to clear up students' confusion and perk up their interest by emphasizing the intriguing and often exciting ways in which they can put each subject to practical use. Most of these books take a light-hearted approach to their subjects, often employing humor, and always presenting fun-learning exercises that include puzzles, games, and challenging "Brain Tickler" problems to solve. This user-friendly textbook supplement demonstrates that learning a foreign language can be both easy and fun when approached in the proper spirit. Students are introduced to interesting aspects of Italian culture and coached in conversational Italian while they learn basics of grammar and vocabulary.
About the Author
Marcel Danesi was born in Lucca, Italy. He has a Ph.D. in Italian Linguistics and is the Director of the Program in Semiotics and Communication Theory and Professor of Semiotics and Linguistic Anthropology at the University of Toronto. Danesi has been a visiting professor at Rutgers University, the University of Rome "La Sapienza," the Catholic University of Milan, and has given lectures throughout the academic world. He also holds an appointment at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education as professor and researcher in bilingual education. He was made a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada in 1998, founded a research center (Center for Communication and Information Sciences), and is the Editor-in-Chief of Semiotica, the official journal of the International Association for Semiotic Studies. Dr. Danesi has authored and coauthored numerous language manuals for the study of Italian and Spanish, and his work has been featured in the New York Times, among other print publications, and he has been a guest on several broadcast outlets including National Public Radio.