Painless Italian covers a wide range of subjects as it is taught on middle school and high school levels. The book is written for students who find Italian unusually difficult and confusing—or in many cases, just plain boring. The authors’ main goal is to clear up students’ confusion and perk up their interest by emphasizing the intriguing and often exciting ways in which they can put Italian to practical use. The text takes a light–hearted approach to Italian, employing humor, and always presenting fun–learning exercises that include puzzles, games, and challenging “Brain Tickler” problems to solve. This user–friendly textbook supplement demonstrates that learning Italian can be both easy and fun when approached in the proper spirit. Students are introduced to interesting aspects of Italian culture and coached in conversational Italian while they learn basics of grammar and vocabulary.