Recensione: Improving your understanding of Italian politics

I often receive emails from visitors to PdG who stumble upon an article about Italian politics and have a question about a word or expression they have stumbled across. Having spent several years living in Italy studying government and politics, I remember how complicated and difficult it was trying to understand the various words and expressions I would encounter while reading the paper or following a program on television.

Book cover for "La confusione...regna sovrana"While playing around on Twitter a few weeks ago, I saw a tweet from Twitter user Simonetta Margheriti (@ItalianoDipl), who runs courses in Italian for diplomats, embassies and international organizations in Rome. On her Twitter feed, Ms. Margheriti posted some pictures of her book La confusione…regna sovrana: piccola guida per orientarsi nel linguaggio politico italiano, a guide on Italian politics that introduces readers to useful words and expressions on Italian politics.

At just over 120 pages with 11 chapters, the book will help you to understand how the Italian government works, how the President is elected, how the houses of Parliament are elected (she also highlights recent changes to electoral laws currently being enacted), a table of important acronyms, useful words and expressions related to various government institutions, how the political language has changed over the years and more! The book also explains useful Italian grammar and highlights many common errors that students make as well as a section on the errors made by Italian politicians themselves!

One of my favorite features of this book is how interactive it is. This is because the book is contains dozens of QR codes. These codes can be scanned with your mobile device and contain links to videos, articles and web sites that will help you hear and see words and expressions profiled in the book used in context as well as help you get familiar with important writers, web sites and politicians in Italy. This melding of a paperback with ebook-like interactivity really sets this book apart!

My favorite thing about this book is that it is in Italian – so you get a lot of good practice reading and learning. But..there are footnotes in English that explain important points conveyed in Italian, and the end of each chapter also features summaries of the chapters in English in case you have some doubts on what you have learned. The author’s writing style is very approachable, and you will have no trouble understanding or following the Italian. After reading this book, you will find yourself better prepared for reading those articles on Italian politics!

Price: The book is currently available from for 13.60 euro (not including shipping).