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50%-Off Ebook of the Week: Michelangelo e il Mosè (B2/C1)

Here’s another in our half-price ‘eBook of the Week’ series: Michelangelo e il Mosè.

At B2/C1 (upper-intermediate/advanced) level, it’s a stimulating read for anyone who’s been studying Italian for a while.

Italian easy readers - Michelangelo e il Mosè - cover image

Forty years from initial commissioning to completion, Michelangelo’s Moses “rests with one arm on the tables, and with the other holds his long glossy beard, the hairs, so difficult to render in sculpture, being so soft and downy that it seems as if the iron chisel must have become a brush.”

But we’re getting ahead of ourselves. Let’s join the famous sculptor and his assistant, Giuliano, right back at the beginning of the story…

Cave di Carrara, 1505

“Prego, fate passare!”

Al grido del capomastro, tutti si spostano. È un uomo enorme, le mani come badili e la pelle candida, frutto di anni al lavoro nella cava. In questo periodo, poi, è particolarmente nervoso, per la presenza di un ospite molto importante.

“Prego, maestro, ecco quanto promesso”, dice all’uomo che lo accompagna. L’uomo fa un passo avanti, lo sguardo irrequieto corre da un blocco di marmo all’altro. Sospira. Guarda con attenzione, sfiora le venature con le dita, poi si gira di colpo: “Giuliano! Vieni qui!”

Un giovane si avvicina di corsa e sorride: “Eccomi maestro!”

“Giuliano, segna questi primi due blocchi. Mi sembrano buoni per le statue minori.”

“Statue minori, maestro? Ma se sono enormi…”

“Giuliano, te lo ripeto ancora una volta: che io sia dannato se la tomba del nostro beneamato pontefice Giulio II non sarà l’opera più grandiosa mai veduta. O così, o non mi chiamo più Michelangelo!”

“Ma maestro…”

“Taci, non sciuparmi l’ispirazione. Guarda questo” e indica un blocco di marmo di quasi tre metri d’altezza “Ah, se solo potessi avere totale libertà! Il Colosso di Rodi sembrerebbe un gioco da fanciulli, le antiche meraviglie sarebbero dimenticate! Farei una cosa grandiosa!”

“Maestro” dice Giuliano srotolando una pergamena con il profilo di una enorme struttura, “il vostro progetto è già grandioso, come potreste…”

“Silenzio, sciagurato! Qui c’è in gioco il mio nome, non capisci? Il Papa non è persona da mezze misure, pretende l’eccellenza e io gliela darò. La gloria ci attende a Roma, caro mio, e vedrai che quella schiera di cosiddetti artisti morirà d’invidia. Primo tra tutti Bramante, lo voglio vedere strisciare per chiedere udienza!”

“Sì Maestro” annuisce Giuliano, tirando fuori i gessi colorati e iniziando a numerare i diversi blocchi che Michelangelo indica.

“Si torna a Roma, non vedo l’ora!” dice Michelangelo e sorride.

Normally £7.99, Michelangelo e il Mosè is half price, so just £3.99, until Sunday night.

For £3.99 you get:

  • .pdf e-book (+ audio available free online)
  • .mobi (Kindle-compatible) and .epub (other ebook readers) available on request at no extra charge – just add a note to the order form or email us
  • 8 chapters to read and listen to
  • Comprehension questions to check your understanding
  • Italian/English glossary of ‘difficult’ terms for the level
  • Suitable for students at intermediate level or above
  • Download your Free Sample Chapter (.pdf)

N.b. Your e-book will be emailed to you within 24 hours of your purchase.

Michelangelo e il Mosè | Free Sample Chapter | Catalog

P.S.

Today’s free bulletin of ‘easy’ Italian news is here.

Read/listen to it for free – click this link to begin.

Or subscribe, which is also completely free, and so get three Easy Italian News bulletins via email each and every week!

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Just 36 hours left to get your Free Online Italian Lesson!

Here’s a final reminder to snap up your free online Italian lesson, if you haven’t already done so.

There are only about 36 hours remaining of our Free Trial Online Italian Lesson offer, which ends tomorrow night some time (Sunday February 23rd).

There won’t be another chance to try a FREE one-to-one online Italian lesson until November 2020.

This week we’ve already given away over a hundred free online Italian lessons, worth £20 each.

But we still have space for a few more trial students.

If you’d like to try an online lesson (via Skype) with a native-speaker Italian teacher, click
this link.

There’s no need to buy one to get one free, and you don’t have to provide credit card or payment details.

Anyone who wants to try an online Italian lesson, gets one for free!

Of course, the idea is that some of you will buy additional lesson credits and continue to learn this way.

Others won’t, but that’s fine – hopefully those people will say nice things about us to others who are learning Italian.

This offer is for new students only. The Free Trial Italian Lesson offer is limited to one free online lesson per person.

Book your free trial Italian lesson

When we receive your order, our teaching manager will email you to find out what your needs and preferences are and WHEN you’d like to do your free lesson.

  • The Free Trial Online Italian Lesson offer ends on Sunday 23rd February 2020
  • You don’t have to DO the lesson this week, just ‘book’ it
  • A hundred or so people have already signed up for a trial lesson, there are a few slots still available
  • This offer is for NEW STUDENTS ONLY
  • If you booked a free trial last time but didn’t take it – try again!
  • But if you’ve already done a free trial in the past, sorry but this isn’t for you
  • Once you’ve completed your lesson, you’ll be sent a 15% discount coupon

View online lesson prices here.

Click here to book your free trial Italian lesson.

And don’t forget Saturday’s Easy Italian News!

Click the link to read and listen to a simplified news bulletin, in Italian!

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‘Free Online Italian Lesson’ offer – a reminder!

A quick reminder: this week at EasyReaders.Org we’re giving away 100 FREE ONLINE ITALIAN LESSONS (the offer is for new students only.)

There are the only two opportunities each year to try an online lesson (via Skype) with one of our native-speaker Italian teachers – for FREE!

You don’t have to buy anything or provide credit card details – all we need is your email address so our teaching manager, Lucia, can contact you to organise your lesson.

This promotion is for new students only.

Here’s the link you need to book your free trial Italian lesson.

N.b. The offer ends on Sunday night but that’s the deadline for responding to the offer, not for actually doing the lesson. Lessons will be organised in the order that people contact us.

  • The Free Trial Online Italian Lesson offer ends on Sunday 23/02/20
  • You don’t have to DO the lesson this week, just ‘book’ it
  • This offer is for NEW STUDENTS ONLY
  • If you booked a free trial last time but didn’t take it – try again!
  • But if you’ve already done a free trial in the past, sorry but this isn’t for you
  • After your lesson, you’ll get a 15% discount coupon valid for your first purchase of online Italian lessons

Compare online lesson prices | Book your free trial Italian lesson

P.S.

Have you listened to / read today’s free bulletin of simplified news at https://easyitaliannews.com/?

If you subscribe (it’s free), you won’t need to remember to visit the website each Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. Instead, you’ll receive each 8-10 minute audio, with supporting text, directly in your email inbox!

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100 FREE Online Italian Lessons This Week!

It’s mid-February, so time for our semi-annual ‘Free Trial Italian Lesson’ offer!

This week at EasyReaders.Org we’ll be giving away 100 FREE ONLINE ITALIAN LESSONS (the offer is for new students only.)

This is a promotion we do twice a year when things are otherwise quiet – the last one was in November 2019 and the next one will be in November 2020.

Twice a year we aim to give away a hundred free online Italian lessons, normally priced at £20 each.

Try an online lesson (via Skype) with one of our native-speaker Italian teachers, at a cost of exactly ZERO.

You don’t have to buy a lesson to get one free, we won’t even ask for your card details – all we need to organise your lesson is your email address, so our teaching manager, Lucia, can contact you to organise your lesson.

It’s a genuinely-free offer!

N.B. This promotion is for new students only. The free trial lesson offer is limited to one per person.

To claim your free trial Italian lesson, follow this link.

Once you’ve completed your online order form, our teaching manager, Lucia will contact you to find out what your needs and preferences are and, importantly, WHEN you’d like to do your free lesson.

It could take a day or two for Lucia to write to you, so be patient.

And there’s no rush to do the free trial lesson, which doesn’t have to be this week – the offer ends on Sunday night, but that’s just a promotional deadline, not a limit for actually doing the lesson.

  • The Free Trial Online Italian Lesson offer ends on Sunday, 23/02/20
  • No need to actually DO the lesson this week, just ‘book’ it
  • Remember: this offer is for NEW STUDENTS ONLY
  • If you booked a free trial last time but didn’t take it – do try again!
  • But if you’ve already done a free trial in the past, sorry…
  • After completing your lesson, you’ll be sent a 15% discount coupon

Online lesson prices | Book your free trial Italian lesson

P.S.

Don’t forget to listen to the thrice-weekly bulletins of ‘easy’ Italian news from our sister site https://easyitaliannews.com/.

Subscribers receive each 8-10 minute audio, with supporting text, directly to their email inboxes – for FREE!

Over five thousand people have already subscribed! Click this link to join them.

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50%-Off Ebook of the Week: Yue a Bologna (A1)

This week at EasyReaders.org we have another in our series of half-price ‘eBooks of the Week’, Yue a Bologna.

At A1 (beginner/elementary) level, it’s suitable even for those who have recently started learning Italian!

Easy Italian readers - Yue a Bologna - cover image

Yue, a talented young Japanese from a rural community in Hokkaido, wins a one-year scholarship to study opera at the ‘Conservatorio’ in Bologna, home to Europe’s oldest university.

But the thought of leaving her parents and brother for a whole year disturbs her.

And, before studying at the ‘Conservatorio’, she’ll first have to learn Italian…

… which, as we all know, is no easy task!

Normally £7.99, Yue a Bologna is half price, so just £3.99, until Sunday night, when the offer ends.

For £3.99 you get:

  • .pdf e-book (+ audio available free online)
  • .mobi (Kindle-compatible) and .epub (other ebook readers) available on request at no extra charge – just add a note to the order form or email us
  • 8 chapters to read and listen to
  • Comprehension questions to check your understanding
  • Italian/English glossary of ‘difficult’ terms for the level
  • Suitable for students from beginner up!
  • Download your Free Sample Chapter (.pdf)

N.b. Your e-book will be emailed to you within 24 hours of your purchase.

Yue a Bologna | Free Sample Chapter | Catalog

P.S.

Also, don’t forget to listen to today’s bulletin of ‘easy’ Italian news from EasyItalianNews.com.

That’s completely free – just click this link to start reading/listening, in Italian!

Better still, you can subscribe, also completely free, and so receive thrice-weekly Easy Italian News bulletins directly in your email inbox.

Over five thousand people already have!

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25% Off New Italian Easy Reader Ebook: ‘Zio Ciro e la pizza’

This week we’ve published a new, B1-level, ‘easy’ Italian reader ebook, ‘Zio Ciro e la pizza‘.

Against her conservative father’s wishes, a nineteen-year-old Italian-American, buys a plane ticket to Napoli, in Italy. The plan is to discover the city her family originated from, and to get to know zio Ciro, the black sheep of the family!

Join Angela as she helps her Neapolitan uncle prepare pizzas for a special lunch, while learning the fascinating history of Napoli’s most famous dish!

As always, there’s a Free Sample Chapter (.pdf), which will help you get an idea of the length, level and format of the ebook.

At the top of Chapter 1 in the free sample chapter download (.pdf) you’ll find a link to the audio – the whole story is available to listen to online, even if you don’t buy the ebook!

That said, having the full text as well as the audio does offer a more-complete study experience. So, to incentivise you to buy a copy, this first week only ‘Zio Ciro e la pizza‘ is 25% off the usual ‘easy reader’ price – that’s just £5.99, rather than £7.99!

  • .pdf e-book (+ audio available free online)
  • .ePub and Mobi (Kindle-compatible) versions available at no extra cost (just ask)
  • 8 chapters to read and listen to
  • Comprehension questions to check your understanding
  • Italian/English glossary of ‘difficult’ terms
  • Suitable for students at intermediate level and above
  • LAUNCH OFFER (until 09/02/20) just £5.99!
  • Download your Free Sample Chapter (.pdf)

Your ebook will be emailed to you within 24 hours of purchase.

Zio Ciro e la pizza‘ | Free Sample Chapter (.pdf) | Catalog

P.S.

And here’s the usual reminder to listen, for free, to today’s bulletin of ‘easy’ Italian news.

And/or subscribe, which is also free. That way we’ll email you each thrice-weekly, simplified Italian news bulletin (text plus online audio) the instant it’s published!

Just enter your email address on this page. Of course, it’s easy to unsubscribe at any moment if you stop learning Italian or don’t find the free material helpful.

Buona lettura, buon ascolto!

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50%-Off Ebook of the Week: L’amore ai tempi del supermercato

After last week’s publication of a super-advanced tale of the Siena Palio, this week we have something suitable for lower-level students of Italian, of which there are many more: a half-price ebook ‘Book of the Week’ offer, and a love story to boot!

Cover image: L'amore ai tempi del supermercato

L’amore ai tempi del supermercato is an A2-level (pre-intermediate) Italian ‘easy’ reader.

Claudio is a handsome young Italian architect with a passion for girls. That is, until the day he finds love… in a supermarket!

Normally £7.99, L’amore ai tempi del supermercato is half price until Sunday night.

For just £3.99 you get:

  • .pdf e-book (+ audio available free online)
  • .mobi (Kindle-compatible) and .epub (other ebook readers) available on request at no extra charge – just add a note to the order form or email us
  • 8 chapters to read and listen to
  • Comprehension questions to check your understanding
  • Italian/English glossary of ‘difficult’ terms for the level
  • Suitable for students at any level
  • Download your Free Sample Chapter (.pdf)

N.b. Your e-book will be emailed to you within 24 hours of your purchase.

L’amore ai tempi del supermercato | Free Sample Chapter | Catalog

P.S.

Don’t forget to listen to Tuesday’s bulletin of ‘easy’ Italian news from EasyItalianNews.com, will you?

It’s free! Just click this link to start reading/listening to Italian!

Or subscribe, which is also completely free, to receive thrice-weekly Easy Italian News bulletins directly in your email inbox!

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La carriera – New Italian Easy Reader Ebook, 25% Off!

Ready for a challenge? Willing to take on all comers, and win, no matter what it takes?

Then check out our new C2-level ‘easy’ Italian reader ebook, ‘La carriera – dietro le quinte del Palio di Siena‘, which isn’t for the faint-hearted!

C2 is as hard as it comes, which still being ‘simplified’, so don’t expect an easy ride, so to speak.

E mancano solo quattro giorni al Palio, la corsa di cavalli più famosa d’Italia!”
sebbene la radio gracchiasse, si distinguevano piuttosto chiaramente le parole dell’esaltato commentatore: “Siena freme e si dipinge dei colori delle contrade, agghindate per la festa. Come ben sapete, cari ascoltatori, tra le dieci contrade che gareggiano vi sono alleanze e rivalità secolari. Per ogni contrada è stato già estratto a sorte un cavallo. I migliori di quest’anno sono il giovane Trifoglio, che è al suo secondo palio e corre per la contrada dell’Istrice, e la veterana Caruccia che vestirà i colori della Lupa. La Lupa e l’Istrice sono due storiche rivali, che fatalità, signori! Se ne vedranno delle belle!

Follow Il Guercio, a diminutive one-eyed Sardinian jockey, as he’s hired to ride one of the year’s best horses, bareback, in Italy’s most famous urban race, the Siena Palio!

As always, there’s Free Sample Chapter (.pdf) so you can get a better idea of the length, level and format of the material.

Save the .pdf on your computer, tablet or smartphone, or print it to study in the old-fashioned way. There’s a link to the online audio in the sample chapter – the whole story is available to listen to FREE online, so if you just want to work on your listening skills, you don’t need to actually buy the full version of the ebook (though it helps…)

This first week only La carriera – dietro le quinte del Palio di Siena is 25% off the usual ‘easy reader’ price of £7.99, at just £5.99!

  • .pdf e-book (+ audio available free online)
  • .ePub and Mobi (Kindle-compatible) versions available at no extra cost (just ask)
  • 8 chapters to read and listen to
  • Comprehension questions to check your understanding
  • Italian glossary of ‘difficult’ terms (no English!)
  • Suitable for students at upper-intermediate/advanced levels
  • LAUNCH OFFER (until 26/01/20) just £5.99!
  • Download your Free Sample Chapter (.pdf)

Your ebook will be emailed to you within 24 hours of purchase.

La carriera – dietro le quinte del Palio di Siena‘, just £5.99! | Free Sample Chapter (.pdf) | Catalog

P.S.

Don’t forget to listen to today’s FREE bulletin of ‘easy’ Italian news, will you?

If you subscribe, which is also free, we’ll even email you each thrice-weekly simplified Italian news bulletin (text plus online audio) as soon as it is published!

Enter your email address on this page. Nearly five thousand people already have!

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50%-Off Ebook of the Week, ‘Correre a tempo’

A new year, so a new half-price ebook ‘Book of the Week’ offer!

Cover image: Correre a tempo

Correre a tempo is a B1-level (intermediate) Italian ‘easy’ reader.

Piero has just reached his thirtieth birthday! To prove to himself and his friends that his life is not yet over, he decides to run a marathon. But preparing for this challenge changes him in more ways than he imagines…

Normally £7.99, Correre a tempo is 50% off this week, so just £3.99 until Sunday night.

For £3.99 you get:

  • .pdf e-book (+ audio available free online)
  • .mobi (Kindle-compatible) and .epub (other ebook readers) available on request at no extra charge – just add a note to the order form or email us
  • 8 chapters to read and listen to
  • Comprehension questions to check your understanding
  • Italian/English glossary of ‘difficult’ terms for the level
  • Suitable for students at any level
  • Download your Free Sample Chapter (.pdf)

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

Correre a tempo | Free Sample Chapter | Catalog

P.S.

Today’s (Tuesday’s) EasyItalianNews.com is ready to be read/listened to.

Just click this link and start reading/listening to Italian, for free!

EasyItalianNews.com is available to students of Italian anywhere in the world, with no registration/sign up necessary.

You can even subscribe, also completely free, and so receive three Easy Italian News bulletins each week via email!

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Don’t forget – the 2020 January Sale ends tonight!

Don’t forget – the 2020 January Sale ends tonight, Sunday 5th January.

Coupon code …

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… is currently valid on EVERYTHING at easyreaders.org (online lessons with native speaker teachers, ebooks for learning languages, ‘easy readers’, ‘parallel texts’ etc.) …

but expires tonight!

Ten thirty-minute online lessons with a native speaker teacher (Italian, French, Spanish, German…) would normally cost you £150

But with the coupon code?

Just £120 (£12 a lesson).

And the ebook ‘easy readers’ (simplified texts + audio) or ‘parallel texts’ (simplified texts + translations), which are ideal for supplementing a more traditional language course, normally cost £7.99.

But are just £6.39 each with the coupon code.

For a few more hours, at least…

Stock up on the lesson credits and study materials you need now, while there’s still time!

Browse the catalogue.

Or go directly to the language you’re studying:

Italian | French | Spanish | German | Other languages

Don’t forget, the coupon code to use in your cart to reduce the published prices by a full 20% is:

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(The next sale won’t be until the spring…)