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New Opera ‘Easy Reader’ Ebook, Rigoletto, -25% This Week!

Over the last couple of months we’ve been publishing ‘easy reader’ ebooks based on famous Italian operas.

The first was a simplified text + audio version of Nabucco, one of composer Verdi’s most famous operas. Next we did Puccini’s romantic classic, Turandot, then another Puccini weepy, La Bohème. This week we’re back to Verdi, and his Rigoletto.

Grab yourself a copy at the 25% launch discount price and, besides saving a couple of pounds, you’ll liven up your language studies with this interesting skills practice material, while learning about Italian culture at the same time!

Italian 'easy reader' ebooks - Rigoletto - cover image

Court jester to a sex-addicted aristocrat, Rigoletto earns a nice living mocking the courtiers whose wives his boss seduces, safe in the knowledge that the Duke he amuses will protect him. But then his many enemies learn that Rigoletto has a secret…

Begin with the ‘easy reader’ ebook before, perhaps, seeking out a recording of the opera on Youtube. Our material is written to help learners understand and enjoy the Verdi’s production, in the original Italian! Or just use this original Italian reading/listening practice material to add a little variety to your study program.

  • .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
  • 5 chapters (based on the act structure of the opera) to read and listen to
  • Comprehension questions to check your understanding
  • Italian/English glossary of ‘difficult’ terms for the level
  • Suitable for students at pre-intermediate level or above
  • Download your Free Sample Chapter (.pdf)

Download your copy by Sunday 27th November and you’ll save 25%, compared to the usual ‘easy reader’ price of £7.99, so just £5.99!

Buy Rigoletto, just £5.99 | Free Sample Chapter (.pdf) | Opera | Catalog

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New Opera ‘Easy Reader’ Ebook, La Bohème, -25% This Week!

Liven up your language studies with some interesting skills practice material, while learning about Italian culture at the same time!

Recently we’ve been publishing ‘easy reader’ ebooks based on famous Italian operas. The first was a simplified text + audio version of Nabucco, one of composer Verdi’s most famous operas. Next we did Puccini’s romantic classic, Turandot, and this week it’s another Puccini weepy, La Bohème.

Easy Italian reader ebook - La Bohème - cover image

Giacomo Puccini’s famous opera, first performed in Turin in 1896, is here simplifed for learners of Italian (with quotes from the actual libretto!)

Christmas Eve 1830, Paris: a group of young friends – a writer, a painter, a musician and a philosopher – are hungry and cold in their shared garret. Marcello, the artist, decides to burn his landscape to warm the room, but the oil paint would smell, so Rodolfo offers his play, instead. As the chapters burn, Schaunard, the musician, arrives home. He has news!

Begin with this ‘easy reader’ ebook before watching the actual opera, or simply use this original Italian reading/listening practice material to add a little variety to your study program.

  • .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
  • 6 chapters (based on Puccini’s Act/Scene structure) to read and listen to
  • Comprehension questions to check your understanding
  • Italian/English glossary of ‘difficult’ terms for the level
  • Suitable for students at pre-intermediate level or above
  • Download your Free Sample Chapter (.pdf)

Download your copy by Sunday 13th November and you’ll save 25%, compared to the usual ‘easy reader’ price of £7.99, so just £5.99!

Buy La Bohème, just £5.99 | Free Sample Chapter (.pdf) | Opera | Catalog

How do I access my ebooks?

When your order is ‘completed’ (normally immediately after your 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, where available, cannot be downloaded but will be emailed to people who request them. There’s a space to do that on the order form – where it says Additional information, Order notes (optional). If you forget, or if you have problems downloading the .pdf, don’t worry! Email us at the address on the website and we’ll help. Also, why not check out our FAQ?

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FOUR eBooks for Learning Italian, Levels A1-B2, -50%!!

This week we have not one but FOUR half-price ebooks for learning Italian, one at each level from A1 to B2, each costing just £3.99!

There are free sample chapters for all four titles, so you can take a look and select the ones that are most suitable for your current level in Italian.

The offer ends on Sunday night, November 6th, after which the price of these four titles will revert to the usual £7.99.

So, in level order, from the easiest to the hardest, we have…

Yue a Bologna (A1)

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…

  • .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 elementary level or above
  • Download your Free Sample Chapter (.pdf)

Buy Yue a Bologna, just £3.99! | Free sample chapter (.pdf) | Other ‘easy reader’ ebooks | Catalog

Italian/English Parallel Text: La montagna (A2)

Italian English parallel texts - La montagna - cover image

Learn Italian with parallel texts: an original story in Italian with an accompanying English translation!

A group of friends who haven’t seen each other for a while plan a trip to the mountains. But the strains in their friendship start to show…

  • .pdf e-book
  • original text in Italian / translation in English
  • 8 short chapters to read and study
  • Suitable for students at any level
  • Download your Free Sample Chapter (.pdf)

Buy Italian/English Parallel Text: La montagna, just £3.99! | Free sample chapter (.pdf) | Other Italian/English Parallel Text ebooks | Catalog

Roma città aperta (B1)

Cover image: Roma città aperta

This moving masterpiece of Italian neo-realism, set in WW2 Rome, tells the story of how resistance leader Giorgio, along with his friends, neighbours and family members, fight the Nazi forces occupying their city.

  • .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 B1 level and above
  • Download your Free Sample Chapter (.pdf)

Buy Roma città aperta, just £3.99! | Free sample chapter (.pdf) | Other Movie ‘easy readers’ | Catalog

Uno, nessuno e centomila (B2)

Easy Italian readers - Uno, nessuno e centomila - cover image

Nobel Prize winner Luigi Pirandello’s long-unfinshed novel of a privileged young man who one day realises that the way others perceive him is not the way he has always seen himself. Dissatisfied with the idea that everyone who knows him has a different picture of who he is, based on their own preconceptions, he decides to shake things up!

  • .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 Uno, nessuno e centomila, just £3.99! | Free sample chapter (.pdf) | Other Literature ‘easy readers’ | Catalog

How do I access my ebook?

When your order is ‘completed’ (normally immediately after your 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, where available, cannot be downloaded but will be emailed to people who request them. There’s a space to do that on the order form – where it says Additional information, Order notes (optional). If you forget, or if you have problems downloading the .pdf, don’t worry! Email us at the address on the website and we’ll help. Also, why not check out our FAQ?

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Turandot: New Opera ‘Easy Reader’ Ebook, -25% This Week!

Bored with conjugating Italian verbs?

Then why not liven up your language studies with some interesting skills practice material? And learn about Italian culture at the same time!

You may have already seen our simplified text + audio version of Nabucco, one of composer Verdi’s most famous operas.

So this week at EasyReaders.org we’re doing Puccini’s romantic classic, Turandot, which is a little more difficult at B1/B2 level (intermediate), but worth the effort!

Get your copy by Sunday 30th October to save 25%, compared to the usual ‘easy reader’ price of £7.99, so just £5.99 to improve your Italian AND your knowledge of Italian musical culture!

An original Italian easy reader by Francesca Colombo Easy Italian readers - Turandot - cover image

Giacomo Puccini’s famous opera, here simplifed for learners of Italian (with quotes from the actual libretto!)

First performed in Milan in 1926, only after Puccini’s death from cancer, the story is set in a mythical Peking, capital of China. The ferocious, but fantastically beautiful Chinese princess, Turandot, daugher of the aged emperor, is set on avenging an ancestor who was kidnapped by a foreign prince. With the reluctant agreement of her father, she sets a condition for her own marriage: any man who wishes to marry her must come to the palace and beat a gong, then answer three riddles. If he succeeds, he wins a bride, and an empire! But those who cannot answer her riddles correctly will have their heads chopped off, already the fate of many would-be suitors…

Begin with this ‘easy reader’ ebook before watching the actual opera, or simply use this original Italian reading/listening practice material to add a little variety to your study program.

  • .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
  • 6 chapters (based on Puccini’s Act/Scene structure) 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 Turandot, just £5.99 | Free Sample Chapter (.pdf) | Opera | Catalog

How do I access my ebooks?

When your order is ‘completed’ (normally immediately after your 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, where available, cannot be downloaded but will be emailed to people who request them. There’s a space to do that on the order form – where it says Additional information, Order notes (optional). If you forget, or if you have problems downloading the .pdf, don’t worry! Email us at the address on the website and we’ll help. Also, why not check out our FAQ?

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Two More ‘Easy Reader’ Ebooks Published This Week, 25% OFF!

This week EasyReaders.org has published two new ‘easy reader’ ebooks for students learning Italian: ‘Verdi e il Va’ pensiero‘, and ‘Nabucco‘, one of composer Verdi’s famous operas.

Until Sunday 16th October, they’re both discounted 25%, compared to the usual ‘easy reader’ price, of £7.99, so just £5.99!

Verdi e il Va’ pensiero

An original Italian easy reader by Francesca Colombo

Verdi is going through a difficult time. He’s recently widowed, both of his children have died, and his second opera was a disaster: the public hated it! So he’s ready to quit Milan and move back home to help his father on the farm.

Easy Italian reader ebook - Verdi e il Va' pensiero - cover image

There’s just one snag – he’s contracted to write another show…

  • .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 Verdi e il Va’ pensiero, just £5.99 | Free Sample Chapter (.pdf) | Catalog

Nabucco

An original Italian easy reader by Francesca Colombo

Giuseppe Verdi’s famous opera, here simplifed for learners of Italian (with quotes from the actual libretto!)

Easy Italian readers - Nabucco - cover image

Why not begin with our ‘easy reader’ ebook before seeking out a recording of the opera on Youtube? It’ll help!

Or use this original Italian reading/listening practice material to add a little variety to your study program.

  • .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
  • 7 chapters (based on Verdi’s Act/Scene structure) to read and listen to
  • Comprehension questions to check your understanding
  • Italian/English glossary of ‘difficult’ terms for the level
  • Suitable for students at pre-intermediate level or above
  • Download your Free Sample Chapter (.pdf)

Buy Nabucco, just £5.99 | Free Sample Chapter (.pdf) | Catalog

How do I access my ebooks?

When your order is ‘completed’ (normally immediately after your 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, where available, cannot be downloaded but will be emailed to people who request them. There’s a space to do that on the order form – where it says Additional information, Order notes (optional). If you forget, or if you have problems downloading the .pdf, don’t worry! Email us at the address on the website and we’ll help. Also, why not check out our FAQ?

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Don’t forget – the 2022 Autumn/Fall Sale ends tonight!

Don’t forget – the 2022 Autumn/Fall Sale ends tonight, Sunday 2nd October 2022.

Coupon code …

2022-Autumn-Sale-20%-Off

… 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 coupon code 2022-Autumn-Sale-20%-Off?

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!

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

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

2022-Autumn-Sale-20%-Off

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.

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

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2022 Autumn/Fall Sale: Lessons & Ebooks -20%, final 36 hours!

A quick reminder about our 2022 Autumn/Fall Sale, which will end at midnight on Sunday 2nd October 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:

2022-Autumn-Sale-20%-Off

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 coupon code 2022-Autumn-Sale-20%-Off, 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 coupon code 2022-Autumn-Sale-20%-Off, 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 NativeSpeakerTeachers.com (one-to-one lessons).

Next, go to your shopping cart and paste in coupon code 2022-Autumn-Sale-20%-Off (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: coupon code 2022-Autumn-Sale-20%-Off expires at midnight on Sunday 2nd October 2022.

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!

Here’s that coupon code once more:

2022-Autumn-Sale-20%-Off

Use it in either or both of our online stores:

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2022 Autumn/Fall Sale: Save 20% on Ebooks at YOUR Level!

On Tuesday we announced that our 2022 Autumn/Fall Sale had begun.

So today 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 2022 Autumn/Fall Sale is on! To get 20% off everything in your shopping cart, copy/paste the coupon code, which is:

2022-Autumn-Sale-20%-Off

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 couple of years 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 2022 Autumn/Fall Sale promotion (which ends on Sunday 2nd October) 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 2022-Autumn-Sale-20%-Off 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 (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…

2022-Autumn-Sale-20%-Off

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2022 Autumn Sale: ‘Easy Readers’ and ‘Parallel Texts’ -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.

Don’t forget the 2022 Autumn/Fall 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 2nd October 2022.

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

2022-Autumn-Sale-20%-Off

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 2022-Autumn-Sale-20%-Off 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!

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

P.P.S.

Here’s that coupon code again:

2022-Autumn-Sale-20%-Off

Don’t forget to use it when you order and you’ll save 20% on the price of everything in your cart:

EasyReaders.org (ebooks) | NativeSpeakerTeachers.com (one-to-one lessons)

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2022 Autumn/Fall Sale! Save 20% on Online Lessons & Ebooks!

Our 2022 Autumn/Fall Sale Sale has begun!

Which means that students of Italian, Spanish, French or German can save 20% on ebooks and online lessons, one to one with a native speaker teacher, via Skype or Zoom.

A reminder – we have recently separated the ebooks from the lessons, so as to make it easier for people to find what they need (and easier for us to organise things!)

Which means we now have two different online stores, NativeSpeakerTeachers.com and EasyReaders.org, named to make it obvious where you should go for what…

Everything in both stores – online lessons with native-speaker teachers, ebooks for learning foreign languages, easy readers, parallel texts – is a fifth cheaper (if you remember to use the coupon code 2022-Autumn-Sale-20%-Off )

You could buy ten one-to-one language lessons while paying for only eight, so two extra lessons of speaking and listening practice, on us!

Or pop 5 ebooks into your shopping cart (reading and listening practice is essential), yet pay for just four of them!

Use the following coupon code to save £££ on your order:

2022-Autumn-Sale-20%-Off

First 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 so making progress.

Then go to your shopping cart (carts, if you are stocking up on both lessons and ebooks) and apply coupon code 2022-Autumn-Sale-20%-Off to reduce the cart total by 20%. Scroll down to verify that the cart total has been reduced by 20% BEFORE proceeding with your payment…

The coupon code is good until midnight on Sunday 2nd October 2022.

You can use it as often as you wish, with no minimum or maximum spend.

Restrictions? Small print?

The coupon code can’t be used together with any other coupon code you may already have.

Besides that, no.

So do find some time this week to stock up on online lesson credits, easy readers, parallel texts and grammar workbooks – at an unbeatable price!

One-to-one lessons via Skype or Zoom | Ebooks for learning languages

P.S.

Here’s that coupon code again:

2022-Autumn-Sale-20%-Off

And here’s where you can use it: NativeSpeakerTeachers.comEasyReaders.org

The next sale won’t be until the end of December, so a long way off!