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50% OFF Easy-Reader eBook: 2 giugno 1946 (A2/B1)

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This week’s half-price, easy reader ‘eBook of the Week’ is the A2/B1 (pre-intermediate/intermediate) -level 2 giugno 1946.

Bologna, 2nd of June 1946. Italy is slowly recovering from the devastating effects of World War II. A referendum has been organised to decide whether the reborn state will be a republic or continue as a monarchy. And for the first time in history, Italian women can go to the polls! Newly-wed Marcella is so excited at the prospect she barely slept last night. But her husband, Antonio, is unconvinced…

  • .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)

Buy 2 giugno 1946, just £3.99! | Free Sample Chapter | Catalog

How do I access my ebook?

When your order is ‘completed’, a download link will be automatically emailed to you. It’s valid for 7 days and 3 download attempts so please save a copy of the .pdf ebook in a safe place. Other versions of the ebook (.mobi/Kindle-compatible, .epub) cannot be downloaded but will be emailed to those who request them.

P.S.

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Tuesday’s FREE bulletin of ‘easy’ Italian news was published earlier today – subscribers will have already received their free copy via email. If you didn’t, why don’t you subscribe, too? It’s free!

There’s absolutely no obligation to pay anything. And you can easily unsubscribe if you don’t find the materials useful or are no longer learning Italian.

Enter your email on this page to receive three Easy Italian News bulletins each and every week, on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.

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Colpa della terra, Libro 5, La mia gente, -25%!

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This week we published the final ebook in a series of five ‘easy readers’, Colpa della terra, Libro 5, La mia gente, which together tell the story of three generations of an Italian family that emigrates to the USA.

If you missed Libri 1, 2, 3, and 4 you’ll find them here:

Colpa della terra, Libro 1, Colpa della terra, £7.99 | Free Sample Chapter (.pdf)

Colpa della terra, Libro 2, La traversata, £7.99 | Free Sample Chapter (.pdf)

Colpa della terra, Libro 3, Senza dire niente, £7.99 | Free Sample Chapter (.pdf)

Colpa della terra, Libro 4, Infanzia di un immigrato, £7.99 | Free Sample Chapter (.pdf)

Libro 5 is narrated by Anna, the first child to be born in the U.S.A., now an adult and, by 1941, long frustrated with the lack of job opportunities and the overt discrimination shown to Italian immigrants. The outbreak of WWII hasn’t helped…

Facevo la donna di servizio a casa dei Parkinson. I Parkinson erano una coppia di vecchi ricconi conservatori, lui un pomposo avvocato e lei un’ereditiera fannullona, che avevano una elegante villa nella zona est di New York.

Ma una bella mattina, leggendo il giornale e scuotendo la testa, Mr. Parkinson se ne era uscito con questa frase: “Il governo americano dovrebbe fare qualcosa. Siamo pieni di italiani, maledetti italiani! Stupidi guidos, sono anche pericolosi! Portano qui, nella terra della libertà e della democrazia, le terribili idee di quel dittatore presuntuoso e ridicolo, quel Mussolini…”

La sua vecchia moglie isterica aveva subito squittito, con voce acuta e lamentosa: “E ci portano anche un sacco di malattie!” Poi si era girata verso di me e Paolo, che stavamo pulendo le finestre e la sala in silenzio, e aveva sibilato: “Quella gente… Ci entrano fino dentro casa, come dei ratti affamati, non è tollerabile.”

Tutto il personale di casa Parkinson era italo-americano perché, come dice sempre mio fratello Riccardo: “Siamo scuri ma non siamo negri. In più, costiamo la metà degli irlandesi e lavoriamo il doppio.” Mr. Parkinson, che ora si presentava come il paladino della giustizia, aveva avuto una lunga relazione extra-coniugale con Mariella, un’amica anche lei italo-americana, di mia madre.

Era stata Mariella che lo aveva convinto ad assumermi, quindici anni fa. E perciò, da quando avevo quattordici anni, avevo sempre e solo lavorato dai Parkinson. Mai sposata, mai avuto figli, ci sono già abbastanza grane a dover pensare a se stessi!

Mrs. Parkinson aveva sempre sospettato che il marito avesse un’altra, un’italiana, ma non aveva mai detto nulla. Però questa era la sua occasione di vendicarsi e l’aveva presa al volo: “Voglio questi vermi italiani fuori da casa mia, spie maledette, sporchi parassiti! E non voglio ripeterlo! Prendete le vostre cose e andate via! George, mandali via!” aveva gridato isterica al marito.

  • .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)

Buy Colpa della terra, Libro 5, La mia gente, just £5.99 this week! | Free Sample Chapter (.pdf) | Catalog

And the others in the series are:

This series is aimed at students who can read confidently at intermediate level or above, but there are plenty of easier, and harder, stories listed, by type and in level order, on our Catalog page. They all have free sample chapters, which means you can evaluate the level and format of the material, and check that you know how to open it on the device you plan to use it on, BEFORE buying!

How do I access my ebook?

When your order is ‘completed’ (normally immediately after payment), a download link will be automatically emailed to you. It’s valid for 7 days and 3 download attempts so please save a copy of the .pdf ebook in a safe place. Other versions of the ebook (.mobi/Kindle-compatible, .epub) cannot be downloaded but will be emailed to people who request them.

P.S.

Tuesday’s FREE bulletin of ‘easy’ Italian news (text + audio) is ready for you to read/listen to!

Subscribing is also FREE. Subscribers receive each thrice-weekly bulletin by email, so don’t need to remember to look at the website each Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.

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50% OFF Easy-Reader eBook: Caravaggio nei vicoli di Roma

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This week’s half-price, easy reader ‘eBook of the Week’ is the B2 (intermediate/upper-intermediate) -level Caravaggio nei vicoli di Roma.

Caravaggio’s in jail again, drunk as a lord and facing charges for throwing a plate of artichokes at a waiter…

ROMA, 1604 – Carceri dello Stato Pontificio

“Ancora lui? Ma come…?!”, il comandante delle guardie non crede alle sue orecchie.

La giovane guardia cerca di giustificarsi: “Comandante, noi abbiamo cercato di…”

“Non abbastanza! Com’è possibile che sia sempre qui?”

Il comandante si passa una mano sugli occhi, sospira: “Questo mese sarà già la quinta volta…”

Normally £7.99, ‘Caravaggio nei vicoli di Roma‘ is half price this week, so just £3.99!

  • .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)

Buy Caravaggio nei vicoli di Roma, just £3.99! | Free Sample Chapter | Other ‘Day in the life of’ ‘easy readers’ | Catalog

How do I access my ebook?

When your order is ‘completed’, a download link will be automatically emailed to you. It’s valid for 7 days and 3 download attempts so please save a copy of the .pdf ebook in a safe place. Other versions of the ebook (.mobi/Kindle-compatible, .epub) cannot be downloaded but will be emailed to those who request them.

P.S.

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Tuesday’s FREE bulletin of ‘easy’ Italian news was published this morning – subscribers will have already received their free copy via email. If you didn’t, why don’t you subscribe, too? It’s free!

Enter your email on this page to receive three Easy Italian News bulletins each and every week, on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.

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Colpa della terra, Libro 4, Infanzia di un immigrato, -25%!

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This week we published the fourth in a series of five ‘easy reader’ ebooks, Colpa della terra, Libro 4, Infanzia di un immigrato, which together tell the story of three generations of an Italian family that emigrates to the USA.

If you missed Libri 1, 2, and 3, you’ll find them here:

Colpa della terra, Libro 1, Colpa della terra, £7.99 | Free Sample Chapter (.pdf)

Colpa della terra, Libro 2, La traversata, £7.99 | Free Sample Chapter (.pdf)

Colpa della terra, Libro 3, Senza dire niente, £7.99 | Free Sample Chapter (.pdf)

Libro 4 is narrated by Riccardo, aged nine, merchant seaman Antonio’s second child, younger brother to Anna, who’s already left home. Riccardo and Anna are the first two members of the family to be born in the U.S.A., but things are still not going as well as the migrant family had hoped when they sailed from Napoli thirty years earlier…

“Non ci sono sabati né domeniche, per chi lavora in mare!” Lo zio Giuliano indica con un cenno mio padre, la cui ombra si intravede dietro la finestra, poi mi guarda. Stringe in una mano un fagotto, con l’altra tiene il bastone per camminare: “Che pensi?” mi chiede.

Sputa a terra. Il suo tono, sempre un po’ aggressivo e inquisitorio, mi mette agitazione. Dice sempre che non gli piacciono i bambini e che “fino ai tredici anni sono inutili.” Perciò io, che ho solo nove anni, ho ancora molta strada da fare per diventare utile. Quando è di malumore mi dice: “Riccardo, per diventare un uomo sul serio ti mancano ancora cinque o sei anni. Adesso sei solo un marmocchio.”

“Penso…” mi mordo il labbro per non piangere (lo zio detesta i frignoni.) “Papà è pazzo?” gli chiedo con un filo di voce e un nodo in gola.

“Tuo padre è un brav’uomo, ci dà da campare. Pazzo è questo qui” risponde mia madre, che è comparsa all’improvviso alle mie spalle, indicando lo zio.

  • .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)

Buy Colpa della terra, Libro 4, Infanzia di un immigrato, just £5.99 this week! | Free Sample Chapter (.pdf) | Catalog

And the others in the series are:

N.b. There are plenty of easier, and harder, stories listed, by type and in level order, on our Catalog page, and they all have free sample chapters, which means you can evaluate the level and format of the material, and check that you know how to open it on the device you plan to use it on, BEFORE buying!

How do I access my ebook?

When your order is ‘completed’ (normally immediately after payment), a download link will be automatically emailed to you. It’s valid for 7 days and 3 download attempts so please save a copy of the .pdf ebook in a safe place. Other versions of the ebook (.mobi/Kindle-compatible, .epub) cannot be downloaded but will be emailed to people who request them.

P.S.

Tuesday’s bulletin of ‘easy’ Italian news (text + audio) is ready for you to read/listen to, for FREE!

Click here to check it out. Subscribing is also free – subscribers receive each thrice-weekly bulletin by email, so don’t need to remember to look at the website each Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday…

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50% OFF Easy-Reader eBook of the Week: Il campo di papaveri

This week’s half-price, easy reader ‘eBook of the Week’ is the A2/B1 (pre-intermediate/intermediate) -level Il campo di papaveri.

A young artist, who can’t pay his rent, offers to paint his landlord’s flat instead. But guess who the landlord’s daughter turns out to be?

This ebook is suitable for students at more or less any level, as it’s relatively short and simple.

But check out the Free Sample Chapter (.pdf) to see for yourself, that way you’ll know what to expect, and how to open the file on the device you intend to use it on.

Normally £7.99, ‘Il campo di papaveri‘ is half price this week, so just £3.99!

For that, 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)

Buy Il campo di papaveri, just £3.99! | Free Sample Chapter | Or browse our Catalog

How do I access my ebook?

When your order is ‘completed’, a download link will be automatically emailed to you. It’s valid for 7 days and 3 download attempts so please save a copy of the .pdf ebook in a safe place. Other versions of the ebook (.mobi/Kindle-compatible, .epub) cannot be downloaded but will be emailed to those who request them.

P.S.

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Tuesday’s FREE bulletin of ‘easy’ Italian news was published a few hours ago – subscribers will have already received their free copy via email. If you didn’t, why don’t you subscribe, too? It’s free!

Enter your email on this page to receive three Easy Italian News bulletins each and every week, on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.

There’s absolutely no obligation to pay anything. And you can easily unsubscribe if you don’t find the materials useful or are no longer learning Italian.

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Colpa della terra, Libro 3, Senza dire niente (B2/C1) -25%

Italian easy reader ebooks - Colpa della terra, Libro 3, Senza dire niente - cover image

This week we published the third in a series of five ‘easy reader’ ebooks which tell the story of three generations of an Italian family that emigrates to the USA.

If you missed Libri 1 and 2, you’ll find them here:

Colpa della terra, Libro 1, Colpa della terra, £7.99 | Free Sample Chapter (.pdf)

Colpa della terra, Libro 2, La traversata, £7.99 | Free Sample Chapter (.pdf)

Libro 3 begins approximately ten years after the first one, in the first decade of the twentieth century and is narrated by Antonio, one of the twins. He came to New York from Italy when he was just as a child, but is now a young man, a merchant sailor, and hoping to start of a family of his own.

“Forza, maledetti italiani! Che avete? Non volete lavorare? Volete stare seduti sugli alberi a prendere il sole senza fare niente, come siete abituati al paese vostro?! Forse volete diventare ancora più negri dei negri!” Un giovane americano spavaldo e arrogante ci insulta con disprezzo, sventolando alcuni fogli che ha in mano.

Siamo tutti ragazzi giovani, poveri e abbastanza affamati, quindi lavoriamo per poco. La paga che ci ha offerto, però, è davvero troppo bassa. Sento due siciliani che parlano tra loro e uno dice: “No, compare, per questi quattro spiccioli non lavoro. Mi rifiuto! Non siamo bestie.”

Io sto in silenzio guardando il mare e poi mi giro verso la mia ragazza, che è venuta ad accompagnarmi al porto. Vengo umiliato dal reclutatore di marinai proprio davanti a lei, ma non ho il coraggio di ribellarmi. Rosalba, la mia fidanzata, mi dice all’orecchio: “Andiamo via, Antonio, domani ci sarà un’occasione migliore.”

  • .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)

Buy Colpa della terra, Libro 3, Senza dire niente, just £5.99 this week only! | Free Sample Chapter (.pdf)

And the others in the series are:

What if B2/C1 (upper-intermediate/advanced) is too hard, or too easy for you?

There are plenty of easier, and harder, stories listed, by type and in level order, on our Catalog page.

And they all have free sample chapters, which means you can evaluate the level and format of the material, and check that you know how to open it on the device you plan to use it on, BEFORE buying…

How do I access my ebook?

When your order is ‘completed’ (normally immediately after payment), a download link will be automatically emailed to you. It’s valid for 7 days and 3 download attempts so please save a copy of the .pdf ebook in a safe place. Other versions of the ebook (.mobi/Kindle-compatible, .epub) cannot be downloaded but will be emailed to people who request them.

P.S.

Tuesday’s bulletin of ‘easy’ Italian news (text + audio) was published this morning.

You can read/listen to it FOR FREE here.

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Don’t forget – the 2022 Spring Sale ends tonight!

Don’t forget – the 2022 Spring Sale ends tonight, Sunday 10th April 2022.

Coupon code …

Spring-Sale-2022

… is currently valid on EVERYTHING in  our TWO online stores, EasyReaders.org (ebooks for learning languages, ‘easy readers’, ‘parallel texts’) and NativeSpeakerTeachers.com (one-to-one lessons) …

but expires tonight!

Ten thirty-minute online lessons with a native speaker teacher (Italian, French, Spanish, German…) would normally cost you £180

But with the coupon code?

Just £144 (£14.40 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!

NativeSpeakerTeachers.com (lessons) | EasyReaders.org (ebooks)

Don’t forget, the coupon code to save 20% on the published prices is:

Spring-Sale-2022

Paste it carefully into the box in your cart, where it says, Coupon Code. Then presss the Apply Coupon button. Finally scroll down to check that your order total has been discounted by 20%, before proceeding.

NativeSpeakerTeachers.com (lessons) | EasyReaders.org (ebooks)

(The next sale won’t be until July…)

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2022 Spring Sale Ends Tomorrow: 20% Off Lessons & Ebooks!

A quick reminder about our 2022 Spring Sale, which will end at midnight tomorrow, on Sunday 10th April 2022.

Save 20% on EVERYTHING in our TWO online stores, EasyReaders.org (ebooks for learning languages, ‘easy readers’, ‘parallel texts’) and NativeSpeakerTeachers.com (one-to-one lessons), by using this coupon code:

Spring-Sale-2022

Ten thirty-minute online lessons with a native speaker teacher (Italian, French, Spanish, German…) would normally cost you £180 (just £18 a lesson).

But with the above coupon code, that figure is reduced to just £144! (£14.40 a lesson.)

That’s like getting two free lessons!

Ebook ‘easy readers’ (simplified texts + audio) or ‘parallel texts’ (simplified texts + translation), either of which are ideal for supplementing a more traditional language course, normally sell at £7.99.

But with the coupon code, you could add five ebooks to your cart and the twenty percent saving means you’ll only pay for four!

So how exactly do you save money on your language-learning?

Start by making your selection of one-to-one online lesson options and ebooks from EasyReaders.org (ebooks for learning languages, ‘easy readers’, ‘parallel texts’) and/or NativeSpeakerTeachers.com (one-to-one lessons).

Next, go to your shopping cart and paste in coupon code Spring-Sale-2022 (where it says ‘Apply coupon’), which will reduce the cart total by 20%. Press the ‘Apply coupon’ button and scroll down to check that the CART TOTAL (not the individual item price) really is discounted by 20%.

Remember: the coupon code is only valid for 36 more hours, until midnight on Sunday 10th April.

Stock up today on the online lesson credits, easy readers, parallel texts and grammar workbooks that you’ll need to make progress with your chosen foreign language in 2022!

Here’s that coupon code once more:

Spring-Sale-2022

Use it in either or both of our online stores:

EasyReaders.org (ebooks) | NativeSpeakerTeachers.com (lessons)

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2022 Spring Sale: ‘easy reader’ ebook picks at your level!

On Tuesday we announced that our Spring Sale has begun.

So today, as part of that promotion, I’m going to give you my top ebook picks for beginner, intermediate, and advanced-learners of Italian – I hope there’ll be something here that grabs you!

When I say ‘my top picks’, what I mean is the ebooks that I have enjoyed the most (I read them all, multiple times, during the editing and publishing process).

My criteria is just that: enjoyment. Why?

Because as a language-learner myself, I find that if there’s a story that engages me (whether it’s a news article, or fiction, like our ‘easy readers’), I’ll keep turning the page.

And if I can’t (metaphorically) put an ebook down, my reading comprehension skills improve, and with them my knowledge of vocabulary, and my confidence with the grammar of the language I’m learning.

As any teacher (or student) knows, boredom is the enemy! So a writer that knows how to craft a text so that it pulls you in and won’t let go, even if it’s ‘just’ language-study material, is indeed a useful ally!

Don’t forget, the Spring Sale is on! To get 20% off everything in your shopping cart, copy/paste the coupon code, which is:

Spring-Sale-2022

Bene, let’s get to it. I’m on the Catalog page of our online shop, starting a little way down, where it says ‘Italian Easy Readers‘ (if you’re learning another language, you’ll need to scroll down the Catalog page and make your own selections, sorry!)

So we have seventeen easy reader ebooks for A1 and A2 students, six at A1 (the lowest level), eight at the ‘half-level’ A1/2, and three at A2 (the harder ones). If you’re not sure which level is right for you, use the Free Sample links and take a look. You should be able to get the gist of the story with only occasional use of a dictionary.

N.b. This article was written a year ago. Since then we’ve published other ebooks, so the selection at your level is probably even more ample than described below. Our Catalog page is always up-to-date, so includes the most recent titles, and free sample chapters!

So honestly? I enjoyed all seventeen. but I’ve been strict with myself and whittled the total down to just two at each level, concentrating on the ones I liked the MOST – the stories that made me actually care about the characters, and about what happened to them next!

(These are extracts from our Catalog page, so you can also see the price, the available formats, and a link to the free sample chapter for each title…)

A1 Italian easy readers: Colpo di forbici - cover image

Colpo di forbici (A1) £7.99 Download FREE sample (.pdf, .epub, .mobi/Kindle)
Rosa la cuoca disastrosa (A1) £7.99 Download FREE sample (.pdf, .epub, .mobi/Kindle)

A1/2 Italian easy readers - L'ascensore - cover image

Il giocoliere (A1/2) £7.99 Download FREE sample (.pdf, .epub, .mobi/Kindle)
L’ascensore (A1/2) £7.99 Download FREE sample (.pdf, .epub, .mobi/Kindle)

A2 Cover image: Cielo libero

Cielo libero (A2) £7.99 Download FREE sample (.pdf, .epub, .mobi/Kindle)
L’amore ai tempi del supermercato (A2) £7.99 Download FREE sample (.pdf, .epub, .mobi/Kindle)

What if those were too easy for you? Nessun problema. For ‘intermediate’ learners we have loads and loads of materials – twenty-two separate titles!

The hard part was choosing between them, but again, I’ve been strict and narrowed it down to two stories at each half level…

A2/B1 Italian easy readers - 2 giugno 1946 - cover image

2 giugno 1946 (A2/B1) £7.99 Download FREE sample (.pdf, .epub, .mobi/Kindle)
Il campo di papaveri (A2/B1) £7.99 Download FREE sample (.pdf, .epub, .mobi/Kindle)

B1 Easy Italian readers - Dante, gatto vagante - cover image

Caccia all’autografo (B1) £7.99 Download FREE sample (.pdf, .epub, .mobi/Kindle)
Dante, gatto vagante (B1) £7.99 Download FREE sample (.pdf, .epub, .mobi/Kindle)

B1/B2 Cover image: Segreti e polpette

L’imperatore e i giochi (B1/2) £7.99 Download FREE sample (.pdf, .epub, .mobi/Kindle)
Segreti e polpette (B1/2) £7.99 Download FREE sample (.pdf, .epub, .mobi/Kindle)

B2 Italian easy reaaders - Le italiane - cover image

Natale a sorpresa (B2) £7.99 Download FREE sample (.pdf, .epub, .mobi/Kindle)
Le italiane (B2) £7.99 Download FREE sample (.pdf, .epub, .mobi/Kindle)

Hope there was something there that called out “Read me!”

But if you looked at the sample chapters and they were STILL to simple for you, firstly, well done for reading Italian for such confidence, and secondly, brace yourself now for the hard stuff!

B2/C1 Italian easy readers - Prometeo e la guerra dei titani - cover image

Prometeo e la guerra dei titani (B2/C1) £7.99 Download FREE sample (.pdf, .epub, .mobi)
Il bar (B2/C1) £7.99 Download FREE sample (.pdf, .epub, .mobi)

C1 Italian easy reader ebooks - I racconti della vestale - cover image

La commediante (C1) £7.99 Download FREE sample (.pdf, .epub, .mobi)
I racconti della vestale (C1) £7.99 Download FREE sample (.pdf, .epub, .mobi)

C1/C2 Italian easy readers - Il vulcano - cover image

Anselmo e l’omicidio di Giovanni Borgia (C1/2) £7.99 Download FREE sample (.pdf, .epub, .mobi/Kindle)
Il vulcano (C1/2) £7.99 Download FREE sample (.pdf, .epub, .mobi/Kindle)

C2 Easy Italian readers - La Via Francigena - cover image

La Via Francigena (C2) £7.99 Download FREE sample (.pdf, .epub, .mobi/Kindle)
La carriera – dietro le quinte del Palio di Siena (C2) £7.99 Download FREE sample (.pdf, .epub, .mobi/Kindle)

Bene. Hope you found lots that will keep you reading in and listening to Italian in 2022!

The prices marked above are the usual, year-round prices but with the Spring Sale promotion (which ends on Sunday 10th April 2022) everything in our TWO online stores (EasyReaders.org for ebooks, NativeSpeakerTeachers.com for online lesson credits) is 20% cheaper!

Copy and paste the coupon code Spring-Sale-2022 into your shopping cart in either store, then scroll down to check the cart total has been reduced by 20%.

Make your selections today!

EasyReaders.org (now only ebooks) | NativeSpeakerTeachers.com (online lessons)

P.S.

Check out the ‘easy reader’ ebook MULTIPACKS, which get you a three-for-two deal, or better.

AND the 20% discount!

Assuming you remember to use the coupon code, that is…

Spring-Sale-2022

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Spring Sale 2022: graded materials to build your skills -20%

Everyone learning a foreign language is familiar with the concept of ‘level’.

Some materials are just too hard for where you’re currently at, others might seem just right, whereas the texts you worked on months ago will now, hopefully, feel easy.

We all know that it can be difficult (impossible!) to understand films and so on in the languages we’re learning, or to read an authentic article, say from a newspaper, which is written for educated native-speaker readers.

And yet, clearly, listening to the language as it is really used, and reading articles written in it, are important long-term goals, even if they seem unachievable for the moment.

Plus, it seems likely that the more we read and listen, the more meaningful our studies will be, the more new words we’ll pick up, and the more we’ll feel familiar with the grammar and structures of the languages we’re learning.

Reading and listening to the language you’re studying are unarguably good ways to speed your progress, and in any case, training yourself to listen and to read effectively in the new language is obviously going to be necessary at some point.

But authentic materials are HARD! Often too hard.

The solution to this quandry?

‘Graded’ texts, that is to say materials written by language teachers for learners like you, and designated as suitable for those who have reached or are above a particular level.

The CEFR level system uses six level bands, which are (from easiest to hardest): A1, A2, B1, B2, C1 and C2.

Assume that students at the C levels should be reading and listening to authentic (real-life) texts and audio without too much difficulty. The graded materials at those levels, then, will approximate texts written for native-speakers.

People at the intermediate stage (the B levels) are not yet ready for ‘real’ or ‘nearly real’ listening and reading, but still need to build their skills in anticipation. So the graded materials will be an in-between step, aimed at challenging students to develop their skills further.

The easiest materials (at A1 and A2 levels) are designed to be unintimidating, which means short chapters and simple or simpler grammar and vocabulary. Their purpose is to encourage learners to get into the HABIT of reading and listening to the language they’re learning as early on in the process as possible.

The more reading & listening you do early on, the easier everything that follows will be. You’ll already be used to, for example, guessing meaning from context in a text, or getting the gist of the spoken language even when you can’t pick out every word.

Graded materials are useful at every language-learning level, but their real power can be seen when they are incorporated as an integral part of our studies right from Day 1 with a new language.

The difference between a learner who regularly reads and listens to graded materials, and one who never or rarely spends time on anything other than grammar and vocabulary exercises, is plain to see, if for no other reason than that a student who has no fear of reading and listening (because she is using materials that have been specifically written for her level, remember) comes across as being more confident and more autonomous.

How to find graded materials for your level? Our Catalog page lists materials by type and in level order, which should help.

But importantly, there’s always a free sample chapter, which you should absolutely look at before deciding to buy a particular title.

Have a look at the first few lines, the first paragraph, the first page, even the whole of the first chapter. Can you manage to figure out what’s going on in the story without too much effort, without constantly reaching for the dictionary?

If not, step down a level, try another free sample chapter, keep looking until you find something that you’re comfortable with. Don’t forget to check out the free online audio, if there is one. Usually the link is at the top of the first chapter…

Then, if the story grabs you, go ahead and buy a copy! Read a chapter a day, perhaps. There are usually eight short chapters, so in not much more than a week, you’ll be done.

At which point, you could check out other titles at the same level, or look at free sample chapters for the next level (or half-level) up, to see if you’re ready for something a little more challenging.

Aim to establish a reading/listening HABIT. Move up to the next level only when you’re comfortable, no need to rush,

Gradually, month by month, your reading/listening skills will improve, as will your knowledge of the grammar and vocabulary of the language you’re learning.

With graded materials, such as ‘easy readers’ and ‘parallel texts’, you’ll master the language you’re studying step-by-step, almost without realising it!

P.S. Spring Sale This Week, Save 20%!

Don’t forget the 2022 Spring Sale is on this week!

Save a fifth on graded material (and online lessons) for learning Italian, Spanish, French, and/or German.

Everything in our TWO online stores (EasyReaders.org for ebooks, NativeSpeakerTeachers.com for online lesson credits) is 20% cheaper until midnight on Sunday 10th April 2022.

But only if you remember to use this coupon code (it works in both stores):

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Make your selection from the one-to-one online lesson options and/or from our range of ebooks, which have been especially written to keep you interested and making progress.

Apply coupon code Spring-Sale-2022 in your shopping cart to reduce the cart total by 20%!

Stock up on online lesson credits, easy readers, parallel texts and grammar workbooks – at an unbeatable price!

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