In this lesson, we’ll talk about the best Italian grammar books that can be found on the market for all those who want to learn Italian, regardless of their level. As everyone knows, grammar is an essential part of every language. Yes, of course, learning how to hold a conversation is also important, but without a solid grammar base, it’s practically impossible to speak correctly. Depending on your goals, you might need a grammar book set in a certain way instead of another. Because of that, there are many Italian grammar books on the market and it’s easy to get lost. That’s why I’m here, I’ll try to help you find the textbook that best suits your needs!
Grammar Books to learn the Italian Language
Here’s a list of the best Italian grammar books! I hope this will help you learn all Italian grammar rules!
Grammar books written in English
Practice Makes Perfect: Complete Italian Grammar
The first Italian grammar book I want to talk about is Practice Makes Perfect: Complete Italian Grammar. This textbook is written in English and is therefore perfect for those approaching Italian for the first time as well as for those who don’t feel ready yet to buy a book written completely in Italian. As you may have guessed from the title, it’s a “complete” grammar book, so it’s not only great for absolute beginners, but also for people who want to revise knowledge that may have faded.
Italian grammar in use. A self-study reference and practice book for elementary and intermediate learners
The second grammar book I want to show you is called Italian grammar in use. A self-study reference and practice book for elementary and intermediate learners. Like the previous one, this grammar book is written in English and is perfect for beginners and for those who already have an intermediate level. The strong point of this textbook is the fact that it integrates grammar rules into the daily use of the language: there are many examples and exercises that will help you learn how to use Italian in a more right and natural way.
The third grammar book is from Collins and is part of the series “easy learning”. Complete Italian is a textbook that not only focuses on grammar in the narrower sense but also on verbs and vocabulary. The book series consists of other four books and each one focuses more on a specific area of Italian grammar: Italian Grammar & Practice, Italian Verbs, Italian Grammar and Italian Conversation. These textbooks are perfect for those who want to focus on a specific aspect that they might find especially hard, or simply for those who want to concentrate on one grammar issue at a time.
Grammar books written in Italian
Grammatica Italiana (Italian grammar)
The first grammar book I want to present you is very famous in the field of linguistics and it was written by Luca Serianni, a contemporary Italian linguist and philologist. It’s simply called Grammatica italiana, and it’s a very complete textbook, not only used by foreign students but also and mostly by native speakers. In fact, the approach of the book is strictly linguistic, making it perfect for all those who want to master Italian in all its mechanisms and basis. Obviously, it’s an advanced grammar book, so it’s great for those who already have their way around Italian and wants to deepen their knowledge, especially at an academic level.
Grammatica italiana per stranieri (Italian grammar for foreigners)
The next textbook is called Grammatica italiana per stranieri: a book entirely dedicated to foreigners who want to learn Italian. However, because it’s written in Italian, it’s mainly dedicated to those who already have basic knowledge and are able to understand written Italian at a basic level.
Grammatica italiana di base (Basic Italian grammar)
Another Italian grammar book I want to talk about is Grammatica italiana di base from the Italian publishing house Zanichelli. This textbook is mainly written for Italian native speakers, but it can also be perfect for foreign students that already reached an intermediate-advanced level of Italian (more or less a level B2). Its strong point is its number of exercises, not only on the paper book but also online, meant for self-assessment and revision.
Benvenuti! Italiano per stranieri (Welcome! Italian for foreigners)
The last textbook I want to talk about is called Benvenuti! Italiano per stranieri: it’s a book written specifically for foreigners approaching Italian fo the first time and who want to reach a level A2-.B1. It’s therefore perfect for absolute beginners who finally want to improve their knowledge of Italian, starting from the basics.
Italiano Colloquiale: Parole ed Espressioni per Tutti i Giorni
If instead, you don’t really like studying Italian Grammar, there’s only one book that is right for you: Italiano Colloquiale: Parole ed Espressioni per Tutti i Giorni, written by Graziana Filomeno and Rocco Dabellonio!
It’s a unique book because, rather than explaining grammar rules that were already written again and again in every textbook, it focuses on words and expressions that Italians actually use when they speak.
Italiano Colloquiale has 104 pages in which all the definitions of the words and expressions are exemplified and accompanied by comic strip dialogues that reproduce real life situations.
The book also includes a series of exercises to test and strengthen the knowledge and information acquired as the reading progresses.
And that’s all for our recommendations! As you may have noticed, there’s a wide range of choice on the market, so finding the best Italian Grammar book for you it’s not impossible: I’m sure that at least some of the book I mentioned will suit your needs.
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