Monday, December 05, 2011

Book tour: Italian for Tourists by Jo Linsdell

I've known Jo for many years, but I wish I'd known her when I actually lived in Italy.  I think I'd have adored her book, Italian for Tourists.  She's touring it this month, and sent me this great Q&A.  If you know someone who might get stationed in Europe or is going as a graduation present, (Wish I could!) then this is a great gift!



You're currently on tour promoting your book Italian for Tourists. Tell us a bit about the book.
Italian For Tourists: Pocket Edition is a basic guide to the Italian language covering phrases and words most needed by tourists. It includes all the words and phrases a tourist is likely to need during their stay in Italy as well as a pronunciation guide and a map of Italy.

The phrasebook is divided into 17 chapters including; Emergency, The basics, Common expressions, Learning Italian, Greetings and introducing yourself, Transport, Hotel, Sightseeing, Asking and giving directions, Food and drink, Health, Shopping, Offices and bureaucracy and Signs and notices and more.

I came to Italy from the UK in June 2001 and now live in Rome working as a freelance writer. I wrote the book drawing on my own experience. A tourist doesn’t need to know everything about Italian grammar or the in’s and out’s of buying an apartment. They want to have an easy to use reference book of the language they will need to use and understand during their stay.


Italian for Tourists is a project that has grown over time. How so?

When I first came to Rome I worked as a receptionist in a hostel near the Vatican and would often help by giving tourist information and language tips to people staying at the hostel. So many people told me I should write a book about it that I decided I would.

It started out as a simple ebook but I got loads of requests for a print version which lead to the paper version. Response was great and so I decided to relaunch in print as a pocket edition in 2009 giving the book a much more professional look. Again feedback and sales were great.

With an increasing number of people moving over the the digital publishing world, I started getting requests to make the book available in more formats and so this year I added Kindle and Nook editions too.

Italian for Tourists is my baby. It has grown with me from the very beginning of my writing career and much to my satisfaction, on public demand. I'm very proud of the whole project.

Tell us a bit about the homeschoolers kit you made to go with it.

Everyone likes something for free. I decided to plug into this idea and create a simple exercise book that is available for free download from my website www.JoLinsdell.com. It contains questions to test your knowledge of the Italian language and all answers can be found in the book Italian for Tourists.

I called it the homeschoolers kit because it's perfect as extra lesson material for those who study at home or as a skills test for those trying to pick up some words and phrases before their holiday. Given it's simple and easy to use nature, it works well for all age groups.

Where can people purchase a copy of your book?

Italian for Tourists is now available from most online bookstores including Amazon, Barnes and Noble and Waterstones. You can get a copy from my storefront at Lulu too or visit the ibookstore on itunes.

Book Blurb:

Italian For Tourists: Pocket Edition is a basic guide to the Italian language covering phrases and words most needed by tourists. It includes all the words and phrases a tourist is likely to need during their stay in Italy as well as a pronunciation guide and a map of Italy.

The phrasebook is divided into 17 chapters including; Emergency, The basics, Common expressions, Learning Italian, Greetings and introducing yourself, Transport, Hotel, Sightseeing, Asking and giving directions, Food and drink, Health, Shopping, Offices and bureaucracy and Signs and notices and more.

Jo Linsdell came to Italy from the UK in June 2001 and now lives in Rome working as a freelance writer. She wrote the book drawing on her own experience. She explains “A tourist doesn’t need to know everything about Italian grammar or the in’s and out’s of buying an apartment. They want to have an easy to use reference book of the language they will need to use and understand during their stay”.



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1 comment:

Jo Linsdell- Founder and Organiser of PROMO DAY! said...

Thanks for hosting me on your site Karina.