La lingua 1 italiana per stranieri. Each chapter starts with an introductory dialogue or letter that shows you usage in specific contexts. The introduction is followed by different exercises (fill in the blank, copying sentence structure, reading comprehension questions, and open-ended questions). By the end of the book, you will have learned more than 2000 of the mostly commonly used words in Italian. The one aspect that Americans will find odd is that the table of contents is at the back of the book. Make sure you get the answer key that accompanies this book. Highly recommended!