The Tenses You Need To Speak Italian

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  • The ideal way to learn the tenses you need to actually speak Italian!
  • 112 page .pdf e-book plus nine audio tracks
  • Suitable for students at any level
  • Clear explanations of regular and irregular verbs forms in each of the main “spoken” tenses
  • Exercises and listening tracks to consolidate your understanding
  • Try before you buy: Free Sample Chapter .pdf

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  • The ideal way to learn the tenses you need to actually speak Italian!
  • 112 page .pdf e-book plus nine audio tracks
  • Suitable for students at any level
  • Clear explanations of regular and irregular verbs forms in each of the main “spoken” tenses
  • Exercises and listening tracks to consolidate your understanding
  • Try before you buy: Free Sample Chapter .pdf

Your e-book will be e-mailed to you within 24 hours of purchase.

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33 reviews for The Tenses You Need To Speak Italian

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    Lisa (verified owner)

    I highly recommend this book. I haven’t gotten through the entire book yet. I have only studied presente, passato prossimo and some riflessivi verbs and I don’t want to create confusion for myself so I’m taking it slow. And I’m a slow learner. So far the book has been very good, the audio is way to fast for me but having the text is quite helpful. Lessons and listening, win, win.

  2. Rated 4 out of 5

    Ted (verified owner)

    Excellent book for a beginning learner of Italian. The scripts start nice and easy. One concern: the book is relatively short.

    • easyreadersorg

      Thanks for the review, Ted.

      The book is 99 pages of content, plus the solutions, as can be clearly seen from the free sample chapter download, which includes an index with contents and page numbers.

  3. Rated 5 out of 5

    Brenda (verified owner)

    Love it! Love it! I haven’t completed it yet, but within the first five chapters, I’ve filled in a lot of gaps in my knowledge of verbs.

  4. Rated 5 out of 5

    cpdavison (verified owner)

    I have been learning Italian in a group very slowly for about 5 years.
    Good for consolidating my knowledge of verbs.
    Logical progression from ‘Where to start’onwards
    Clear explanations. Lots of exercises.
    Suits my needs apart from the subjunctive which I find elegant!

  5. Rated 5 out of 5

    Angela Charles (verified owner)

    Just what I need – it’s clear and concise and easy to understand.

  6. Rated 5 out of 5


    Excellent, clear and concise. I have been learning Italian for several years and have to admit to finding the audio fairly fast but after several repeats I was keeping up and learning lots. I would definitely recommend this extremely useful e-book.

  7. Rated 5 out of 5

    Sherry Fyman (verified owner)

    Very helpful. What distinguishes this guide from the others is that it is written very much from the perspective of someone who knows exactly where and why English speakers stumble as we try to learn Italian. This book is correcting mistakes I didn’t even realize I was making! For example, I had no idea that I wasn’t using “sapere” and “potere” correctly. I’m sure I’ve said things like, “non posso suonare il chitarra” when I should be saying, “non so suonare….”

  8. Rated 5 out of 5

    Barry Edwards (verified owner)

    This is proving to be a very helpful book in helping me get to grips with verbs, lots of useful exercises and explained in an easy to understand fashion. It is really complementing my learning of this lovely language

  9. Rated 5 out of 5

    Beatrice Webb (verified owner)

    This is great stuff. I have been learning Italian for a few years and don’t find it at all easy so I’m always looking for help. This book is brilliant and the exercises help with consolidation.

  10. Rated 5 out of 5

    Barry Edwards (verified owner)

    I have recently purchased this book as I was finding learning the verbs difficult. This book has been excellent in helping me understand various verb conjugations and how they are not so daunting after all, the exercises are really good in deepening your understanding of which verbs and tenses you need to use. Well worth the money

  11. Rated 5 out of 5

    Vida Motaln

    I like the book a lot. I am not a beginner anymore, but this book is still helpful for learning (and repeating) the tenses. I always study grammar a lot when I learn a foreign language, so such books are always welcome to me.
    Keep up the good work and publish more books in the future (one can always hope :)).
    Ciao a tutti,

  12. Rated 5 out of 5


    Excellent, clear, practical

  13. Rated 5 out of 5


    “The Tenses you need to speak Italian” was the major head start to my course on Italian language and has been my point of reference when in doubt. The book inpired my thoughts on how to express myself, especially for someone coming from an English language background. I may not have read much of other alternatives, but so far I can conclude it’s about the best for anyone who really needs a grab of the tenses of this beautiful language; beginners and experts alike.

  14. Rated 5 out of 5


    I agree with all the above comments. This book will take you through the tenses in a very straightforward and easy to understand format. APerfect at any level, either to work through systematically or to tip into for a refresher

  15. Rated 5 out of 5


    A great economical book to take anywhere via pc, tablet, mobile phone and to learn the various tenses without needing to delve into pages and pages of information. Great exercises to work through to strengthen knowledge and also audio to assist with listening and pronunciation. Well worth the investment for serious Italian language learners

  16. Rated 5 out of 5

    Bernard Reid

    I have been a part-time (approximately six months each year) resident of Italy for the past seven years. My Italian is basic and suffers when I am not in Italy. I have purchased a number of books now and have found them to be most beneficial to review – particularly listen to – Italian when I am not there. The ability to read text and have a simultaneous translation is a great learning tool. I would thoroughly recommend these books.

  17. Rated 5 out of 5


    Very useful source not only to start to learn italian but also to drilldown!
    Nice to have in it in iphone, ipad and pc, whenever i have free time i could spent it by refreshing my italian

  18. Rated 5 out of 5

    Liz Hobby

    I’ve been learning Italian for a few years now, with several different approaches including classes, an online program and online tutoring. But I find I need a book that quickly gets me to what I need “right now – to answer tricky and forgotten things about the verbs. This book is absolutely the best that I have found. With its audios, it is the answer. It is an excellent text book which should be in every Italian learner’s library. It addresses the difficult subject of the verbs, with use of the correct pronouns, and the informal/formal use.
    The book is extremely straightforward an simple. It lays out the verbs in the order in which you need them ( essere, avere etc.) and proceeds from the Present Tense to the more difficult tenses. The tables showing the verb conjugations are in nice large print, which make the book a valuable quick reference, both for when you are learning the verbs and when you have forgotten and need to look back at something.
    There are progressive exercises for each section where you get to practice in a number of different ways. Additionally, the audio tracks , at normal speaking speeds, give you the additional practice of recognizing the words in spoken Italian.
    This is my favorite “go-to” book whenever I want to review my Italian – a terrific program at a terrific price.

  19. Rated 5 out of 5

    Linda Ann Novelli Thompson

    A very helpful book. I have on my IPad so that when I get confused I can quickly look up the tenses.

  20. Rated 5 out of 5


    Covers everything, I love it and it helps a lot whwn practicing tenses. Would love more exercises whwn itt comes to choosing between Passato prossimo and imperfetto – I find that extremely difficult.

  21. Rated 5 out of 5

    Karin Beebe

    Great book. Helpful and clear. Short chapters with just enough information. Just enough exercises to reinforce the material.

  22. Rated 5 out of 5


    Bought this book some time ago. It is Avery wellwrittwn book with easy explénations and also it has a warm, friendly tone that makes it fun to read. Thank you very muck//Ewa

  23. Rated 5 out of 5

    Shari Flesness

    A clear and concise book that I highly recommend. Many textbooks explain verb tenses in a way that is overwhelming and confusing. This is a great book for both learning new material or reinforcing past learning. Money well spent!

  24. Rated 5 out of 5


    Ciao Caro Daniel,
    Excellent book….well done! easy to follow and finally a book that simplifies which PAST TENSE I should use !!!!! No clutter, no confusion, very logical.
    Great to have the answers as I can work on my own at my own pace and if stuck can always refer to answers and learn what I did not know !!
    Exercises are great ad well chosen too.

  25. Rated 5 out of 5


    Great work! Thank you so much well explained and touches all the important and popular verbs without making it all overwhelming !

  26. Rated 4 out of 5

    Eva Hayward

    Dear Daniel,
    I found the e-book very useful and I will carry on working with it during the autumn. I enjoyed listening to the audio tapes.

  27. Rated 4 out of 5


    Ciao tutti
    I bought ‘The tenses you need to speak Italian’ just a few days ago and there are so many things I love about it.
    Firstly the friendly conversational style makes it really fun and so much easier to follow than the usual text-book style found in Italian grammar books.
    I particularly like the clear and concise explanations of one tense at a time, taking up only one page followed by say 2-3 pages of exercises allowing the student to immediately practice what they have just learnt.
    Other grammar books I have studied seem to cover a number of topics in any given Chapter of say ten pages in length, followed by exercises at the very end. There is so much information to take in all at once, that by the time you reach the exercises, you are struggling to remember the earlier material and do the exercises.
    This book seems absolutely perfect for my level which is perhaps pre-intermediate.
    And lastly, I absolutely love the listening exercises even though I am finding some of them quite a challenge (though in a good way) … it is wonderful that the dialogues have also been provided in written Italian which allows you to ‘see’ the words and listen to them at the same time.
    Soooo … a HUGE THANK YOU to Daniel and all of the contributing teachers for creating such a wonderful learning experience.
    Grazie tanto
    Jo : )
    PS: Being a graphic designer I can’t help saying that the only thing perhaps needing improvement is the presentation which is the ‘only’ reason I am giving it a rating of four stars.

  28. Rated 5 out of 5


    I bought the tenses you need to speak italian and I woulr recommend it to anyone trying to learn italian. I am slowly working my way through it. Buy it you will love it//Ewa

  29. Rated 5 out of 5

    Justine Grace

    A fantastic workbook – it is very comprehensive and I love the conversational style.


  30. Rated 5 out of 5

    Carol Ann K

    Ciao Daniel,

    Thanks for such a great book and thanks for all of your programs. I grew up with Italian Parents who never spoke Italian at home, in America……I am trying and working hard at learning Italian.
    Thanks and keep up the good work!

  31. Rated 5 out of 5

    Dr Tom Arno

    Learning any language, at least for me, is a monumental
    Feat. I found this book quite helpful and enjoyable. I
    Highly recommend it.
    Dr Tom Arno

  32. Rated 4 out of 5

    Peter Nicol

    I found this very useful. As ever learning verbs and grammar is the difficult part of improving my Italian and so this has been a well structured guide and helpful exercises

  33. Rated 5 out of 5

    John Thomson

    Ciao Daniel

    As an ex-mathematician ( ho ottanta anni ) and erstwhile student of Italian may I compliment you and your team, particularly Daniele on “The tenses you need to speak Italian”.

    I bought this and the “A1 workout” yesterday!

    It is the best summary of declension I have come across, concise, clear, structured, logical, uncluttered, with appropriate examples and exercises, easy to read and assimilate: well done.

    In a similar vein, I am also an admirer of the Michel Thomas method the way he divides verbs into two ‘tracks’ the ‘are’ track and the ‘other’ track’ : his use of repetition etc. they all aid learning.

    Thank you again, I look forward to your other publications

    John Thomson

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