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Two Very Different Italian Movie ‘Ebooks of the Week’ -50%!

Our half-price ‘Ebook of the Week’ offer this week features two VERY DIFFERENT titles from our Classic Italian movie series of Italian ‘easy readers, L’avventura (level B1/B2, intermediate) and Per un pugno di dollari (level B1/B2, intermediate).

The two short texts with online audio have been written by an award-winning scriptwriter (who teaches Italian between movie projects to pay the rent) with the idea of making well-known films from Italian movie history accessible for all learners of the Italian language, not just advanced students with developed listening-comprehension skills.

Why ‘VERY DIFFERENT’? Well, I suppose by way of warning, though more so for L’avventura, our ebook of which garnered (unfairly, as it accurately recounts the movie…) some terrible reviews! People were ‘quite disappointed’, ‘hated this ebook’ etc. Without giving too much away (though there are plenty of spoilers in the reviews) the movie (and so the ebook) is not what film-goers have been taught to expect…

The reaction to the second movie, starring the not yet famous-issimo Clint Eastwood, and other well-known Italian actors, was much more positive (‘very enjoyable‘), as were the sales. I remember reading the ebook myself – it summarises the film very nicely – then seeking out the Italian original of the movie online and sitting through it one Saturday evening with a six-pack. And a lot of fun it was, too.

On the other hand, I suppose I could have written here that the movies were VERY SIMILAR, because, in a sense, they were.

An ITALIAN WESTERN? Who’d heard of such a thing? And who would pay to watch one? And anyway, weren’t westerns old hat?? Sergio Leone, the director, thought differently, obviously, and was proved right. This ‘different’ type of cowboy movie was a success, as was, in a way, the confounding but prize-winning L’avventura (described at the time as ‘the most ‘beautiful’ film ever shown at a festival’ – the critics liked it, even if the public didn’t…)

Different/similar, decide for yourself. Until we close down the offer early next week, each costs just £4.99. So you could get BOTH but pay just £9.99, the usual price for one!

Read/listen to the ebook, then seek out the movies online and give them a try. A complete learning and cultural experience!  Just don’t complain to me if you hate them… I wasn’t the director.

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Italian easy reader ebook - L’avventura - cover image

In 1960, the same year that Felini’s masterpiece ‘La dolce vita’ won the Cannes Film Festival’s ‘Golden Palm’, another Italian director, Michelangelo Antonioni, presented a movie which, though it went down badly with audiences, was admired by his peers. Fellow director, Roberto Rossellini, described it as ‘the most ‘beautiful’ film ever shown at a festival’, so it was no surprise when ‘L’avventura’ was awarded the prestigious Jury Prize.

The first part of an existentialist trilogy, the film was shot in the scenic Aeolian Islands, and on nearby Sicily. A group of friends – including Anna, her best friend Claudia, and Anna’s well-off architect boyfriend, Sandro – are holidaying on a luxury yacht. While they are moored at a tiny, uninhabited island, one of the party mysteriously disappears. A search is begun, but the weather begins to worsen…

This re-telling for learners of Italian makes a great introduction before watching the movie itself. Or simply an excellent supplement 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
  • 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/B2 level and above
  • Download your Free Sample Chapter (.pdf)

Buy L’avventura, just £4.99! | Free sample chapter (.pdf) | Classic Italian Movies series | Catalog

Italian easy readers - Per un pugno di dollari - cover image

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‘Per un pugno di dollari’, directed by Sergio Leone and starring Clint Eastwood, was filmed in the deserts of Spain and released in Italy in 1964. The film wasn’t the first of the so-called ‘spaghetti western’ genre, but did a lot to popularise this rethinking of what was, by then, the rather tired western format. Two further films followed, and the trilogy was released in 1967 in the USA – at which point the director and many of the cast took on American-sounding stage names so as to seem more familiar to moviegoers.

Giovanni Galavotti’s re-telling of the story of the film for learners of Italian makes a great introduction before watching the movie itself (ideally in Italian!) Or it can be used simply as supplementary reading/listening material which, for lovers of the wild west, is guaranteed to liven up 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
  • 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/B2 level and above
  • Download your Free Sample Chapter (.pdf)

Buy Per un pugno di dollari, just £4.99! | Free sample chapter (.pdf) | Classic Italian Movies series | 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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New B1/B2-level ‘easy reader’ ebook, – 25% this first week!

Improve your Italian reading and listening skills with our newest ‘easy Italian reader’, Le vie del cuore, level B1/B2 (intermediate/upper-intermediate).

Easy Italian reader ebook - Le vie del cuore - cover image

In your home town, street names may have been chosen by a city planner hoping to orientate you, by a developer so as to evoke pleasant images in your mind (and raise real estate prices), or by local leaders to commemorate an important person, place or event. At the very least, they’ll be familiar to you. But in another country? The names of Italy’s piazze, strade and vie can often seem mere strings of hard-to-remember syllables, devoid of any meaning to visitors from afar…

But no! Take a little time and – with the help of this ‘easy reader’ ebook – you’ll soon know as much as any local!

Chi visita più di una città italiana, trova alcuni nomi di vie e piazze molto ricorrenti: sono i nomi di personaggi celebri e importanti, di date significative o di luoghi con un valore storico o sociale. Per esempio, in molte città italiane c’è una “Via Leonardo da Vinci” o una “Piazza Dante Alighieri” in onore del grande genio e del famoso autore della Divina Commedia. Ci sono anche tante “Via Roma” in ricordo della splendida capitale…

E poi ci sono un sacco di nomi ed eventi sconosciuti o quasi. Per esempio: chi diamine era Giuseppe Mazzini? Perché è famoso Enrico Fermi? E cosa è successo il 4 Novembre?! Conoscere i personaggi e i fatti che danno il nome a molte strade e piazze delle città del Bel Paese è un po’ come fare un tuffo nella cultura italiana. Allora, siete pronti a tuffarvi?

  • .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
  • 4 chapters (19 typical street names) to read and listen to
  • Five exercises to test yourself (or your classmates)
  • Suitable for students at intermediate level or above
  • Download your Free Sample Chapter (.pdf)

Buy Le vie del cuore (B1/B2) just £7.49 | FREE sample chapter (.pdf) | 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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Psst! Fancy a free Italian/Spanish/French/German lesson?

At EasyReaders.org we publish ebooks for language learners, mainly Italian, but also French, Spanish, German and a sprinkling of other languages.

Our FREE samples, and FREE titles, are downloaded often (find them on our Catalog page) so we know there are lots of language students out there looking for a bargain!

EasyReaders.org used to also sell one-to-one online language lessons, but that’s now done through a dedicated website (with a different mailing list) NativeSpeakerTeachers.com.

But guess what? This week NativeSpeakerTeachers.com is giving away 150 FREE TRIAL ITALIAN/FRENCH/SPANISH/GERMAN LESSONS.

Bargain hunters, it’s party time!

Obviously, you should check out the details of the ‘free trial’ offer on their website.

Then, it’s a simple matter of ‘buying’ the lesson that interests you (priced at £0.00 instead of the usual £22.00 – no catches, nothing to pay) and waiting for them to contact you.

You can do that here:

Italian | Spanish | French | German

As I said, you should read the details of the ‘free trial’ offer on their website, but it’s a genuine offer, and it ENDS ON SUNDAY FEBRUARY 18th 2024.

Next week we’ll have a new Italian ‘easy reader’ ebook to tell you about!

But in the meantime check out the details of the ‘free trial’ offer.

Or go browse ebooks.

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Two More Italian Movie ‘Ebooks of the Week’ – Half Price!

Yet again, our half-price ‘Ebook of the Week’ offer comprises two titles from our Classic Italian movie series of Italian ‘easy readers.

The two short texts with online audio have been written by an award-winning scriptwriter (who teaches Italian between movie projects to pay the rent) with the idea of making well-known films from Italian movie history accessible for all learners of the Italian language, not just advanced students with developed listening-comprehension skills.

This week’s half-price choices are Nuovo Cinema Paradiso (level A2/B1, pre-intermediate/intermediate) and I soliti ignoti (level B1, intermediate). Until we close down the offer, early next week, each costs just £4.99. So you could get BOTH but just pay £9.99, the usual price for one!

Cover image: Nuovo cinema paradiso

One of Italian cinema’s masterpieces, the Oscar-winning ‘Nuovo Cinema Paradiso’, directed by Giuseppe Tornatore, is retold here for learners of Italian.

Growing up without a father in post-WW2 Sicily isn’t easy, but Totò makes friends with Alfredo, projectionist at the town’s only cinema, and develops a passion for movies…

  • .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 Nuovo Cinema Paradiso, just £4.99! | Free sample chapter (.pdf) | Classic Italian Movies series | Catalog

Cover image: I soliti ignoti

Mario Monicelli’s 1958 classic comedy is now retold for learners of Italian: a gang of small-time criminals plan a night-time raid on the safe of a pawn-broker’s shop – with hilarious results!

  • .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 I soliti ignoti, just £4.99! | Free sample chapter (.pdf) | Classic Italian Movies series | 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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Homer’s Odissea, ‘easy reader’ ebook, – 25% this first week!

Improve your Italian reading and listening skills with Odissea (attributed to Homer), a B2-level Italian ‘easy reader’, and a follow up to the B1-level L’Iliade that we published back in November.

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L’Odissea è un poema epico scritto in greco antico nell’VIII secolo a.C. Il titolo significa “le avventure di Odisseo” e, insieme all’Iliade, è uno dei testi fondamentali della storia occidentale.

Odisseo (che i Romani chiamano più tardi “Ulisse”) è il mitico re di un’isoletta greca chiamata Itaca. E’ nipote di Ermes, il dio greco degli imbrogli. Odisseo è molto curioso e astuto: ha un’intelligenza di tipo pratico che gli permette sempre di risolvere i problemi e salvarsi in situazioni difficili, che non mancano!

Ha affrontato dieci lunghi anni di guerra a Troia e, insieme agli altri re greci suoi alleati, ha finalmente preso la città (una parte di questa storia è raccontata nell’Iliade.) Finita la guerra, Odisseo deve affrontare un pericoloso viaggio per ritornare a casa…

Why read the Italian version of a classic of world literature? Well, why not? Sometimes a familiar tale is reassuring when faced with the complexities of reading and listening in the language you’re learning.

Besides, you can do both! We have ‘easy reader’ versions of some of the classics of Italian literature, too!

  • .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
  • introduction + 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 Odissea (B2) just £7.49 | FREE sample chapter (.pdf) | Catalog | World Literature | Italian literature

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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Two Classic Italian Movie ‘Ebooks of the Week’ – Half Price!

This week’s half-price ‘Ebook of the Week’ offer comprises two more titles from our Classic Italian movie series of Italian ‘easy readers.

The two short texts (with online audio) were written by an award-winning scriptwriter, who teaches Italian between movie projects, to pay the rent.

The idea is to make well-known films from Italian movie history accessible for all learners of the Italian language, not just advanced students with developed listening-comprehension skills.

This week’s half price choices are Ladri di biciclette (level A2/B1, pre-intermediate/intermediate) and Divorzio all’italiana (level B1, intermediate).

You can easily find both movies on the Internet, but most people never will, which is a shame. Ladri di biciclette is terribly sad, Divorzio all’italiana bitingly funny, both are worth your time.

For those willing to give reading and listening to Italian a try, below are links we found while writing this. You can go straight there and get started.

Ladri di biciclette: Wikipedia page | online movie

Divorzio all’italiana: Wikipedia page | online movie

Why then bother with our ‘easy reader’ ebook versions? Perhaps because other learners like you have found them helpful (and fun) in the past. Check out these reviews to see what they thought:

Ladri di biciclette ‘easy reader’ reviews | Divorzio all’italiana ‘easy reader’ reviews

And here are the ‘easy readers’ themselves, HALF-PRICE this week, remember!!

Cover image: Ladri di biciclette

1948’s Ladri di biciclette, directed by Vittorio De Sica, won an Oscar, a Golden Globe, and a Bafta (all in 1950…) So it must be good. It’s terribly sad, though…

  • .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 Ladri di biciclette, just £4.99! | Free sample chapter (.pdf) | Classic Italian Movies series | Catalog

Cover image: Divorzio all'italiana

In contrast, 1961’s Divorzio all’italiana, directed by Pietro Germi, won ‘Best Comedy’ at Cannes the year after…

  • .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 Divorzio all’italiana, just £4.99! | Free sample chapter (.pdf) | Classic Italian Movies series | 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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New Italian Easy Reader, ‘Dagli antichi romani a noi’, -25%!

This morning we published ‘Dagli antichi romani a noi’, an ‘easy reader’ ebook for students of Italian.

Italian easy readers - Dagli antichi romani a noi - cover image

The level of this one is B2 (upper-intermediate) and as always it comes in .pdf format (the default download), with .epub & .mobi formats available on request at no extra charge.

Use them on your computer or tablet, print the .pdf to study the old-fashioned way, or read the text on your Kindle or other ebook reader.

So, what’s it about?

Well, a while back we published ‘Dagli antichi greci a noi‘, a brief introduction to the influence of Ancient Greek terms on modern Italian.

This one does the same for Latin.

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L’origine latina di 100 parole italiane

Motivating Italian reading and listening practice, memorable insights into Italian vocabulary, and a rich source of triva with which to quiz family, friends, or colleagues!

Many thousands of Italian words originated in Latin, the language of the Romans. This short but fascinating ebook presents a hundred of them, and explains which Latin words they derive from.

Given that a lot of the terms are the same or similar in English, and other modern languages, this brief introduction will open your eyes to our linguistic inheritance.

The eight chapters are organised alphabetically, so in Chapter 1 you’ll find out about the Latin words baculum, bellum, bonus, and captivus.

Baculum (parola italiana: imbecille)
Il termine baculum significa “bastone” e il prefisso “im” indica l’opposto. Il termine “imbecille”, che noi usiamo come insulto sinonimo di “idiota” o “cretino”, significa letteralmente “una persona senza bastone” e, cioè, senza appoggio. Come a dire che gli manca qualcosa, che la testa non lo supporta o non funziona…

So an ‘imbecille’, originally, would have been a ‘stick/staff-less  person’, someone with no useful contacts. As Romans might have put it, two thousand years ago, ‘it’s not what you know, but who you know!’

Which Italian words derive from the bellum, bonus, and captivus? You could probably guess some, we’re sure. But take a look at the Free Sample Chapter to check if you’re correct. While improving your Italian reading and listening skills!

  • .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
  • 8 exercises to check what you’ve learnt!
  • Suitable for students at intermediate level or above
  • Download your Free Sample Chapter (.pdf)

Don’t forget to check out the Free Sample Chapter (.pdf) before you buy a copy. That way, you’ll know whether the level is suitable for you, and that the format works on the device you intend to use it on.

Remember, this being the first week ‘Dagli antichi romani a noi’ is 25% discounted, so just £7.49 rather than the usual ‘easy reader’ ebook price of £9.99.

Buy ‘Dagli antichi romani a noi’, just £7.49 | Free Sample Chapter (.pdf) | 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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Love Hollywood movies? You might hate these movie ebooks…

It’s been a good while since we did a half-price Italian ‘Ebook of the Week’, but new year, new energy, so here are two!

One of our more neglected ‘easy reader ebook’ categories is the Classic Italian movie series, for which we’ve done eighteen titles, going from WWII era classics, taking in spaghetti westerns that few people actually realise are Italian movies, and including famous Oscar-winners of more recent decades.

Get this straight – we aren’t selling the actual movies. You can find those elsewhere. What we do is get a text written by a real movie expert (an Italian teacher who is also an award-winning scriptwriter), which is then recorded, the idea being to make the movie itself more accessible for learners, while at the same time providing graded reading/listening practice.

One reviewer, Mary, put it very well, years back. She wrote:

“I took a look at the film of “Accattone” and was disappointed to find I understood next to nothing, but the setting, atmosphere and main characters really left a strong impression. Determined to understand more, I downloaded and started reading my EasyReader. It was so helpful. I found that, besides learning some interesting new vocabulary, I was also getting an impression of characters and scenes from the film. I read the story a couple of times and then took another look at the film. I was amazed to find I had a good grasp of what was going on. The EasyReader had made the film much more accessible. It had introduced me to the characters and helped me to understand the plot. I really enjoyed the whole cultural experience; EasyReader, EasyReader with audio, Accattone the film, and finding out about Pasolini.”

I couldn’t have put it better myself. A word of warning, though. Italian cinema over the decades has taken all sorts of non-Hollywood-style twists and turns, which you may not like. Some of the movies in our series are really depressing, or deliberately confusing, or leave fundamental plot lines unresolved, which some people hate!

Take, for instance, one of the most famous Italian movies ever, Fellini’s La dolce vita (it’s NOT half price this week), which was my own first attempt at watching Italian cinema. Not only could I not understand basically anything that was said, at all, but the actual story-telling seemed perversely-twisted, and none of the characters seemed to have conventional movie motivations. What were these people ON? Where was the good guy? Why doesn’t the hero get the girl? I rued the significant sum I’d spent on the VHS tape!

It would have been easier, obviously, if I’d had Mary to advise me, and one of our ‘easy reader ebooks’ to help, but that was two decades before they were conceived of and written. Oh well! Over the last eight or nine years I’ve greatly enjoyed working with Giovanni to put together our Classic Italian Movies series, and learnt a lot about cinema, Italian, and Italians.

Though I’d still not suggest anyone begin with La dolce vita… SO, this week’s half price choices are Il sorpasso (level A2, pre-intermediate) and Accattone (level B1/B2, intermediate/upper-intermediate).

Cover image: Il sorpasso

I must have been busy when I wrote the blurb for this first one in our ebooks store…

Read and listen to the story of one of the most famous masterpieces of Italian cinema, Il sorpasso, directed by Dino Risi.

… which isn’t very helpful, is it? Students of Italian might like to find out more on this Wikipedia page, and/or just download the Free Sample Chapter (.pdf) to see if it grabs them.

Use the sample to check if the level is good for you, click on the online audio link to see how fast/slow the audio is, and so on. You could also read the reviews. I always do.

  • .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 sorpasso, just £4.99! | Free sample chapter (.pdf) | Classic Italian Movies series | Catalog

Classic movie ‘ebook of the week’ no. 2 is the much more gritty Accattone, the one Mary was writing about. Not only is it less cheery in tone (to put it mildly) but it’s also harder, in terms of level, so do check the free sample chapter before you consider buying a copy.

Italian easy readers - Accattone - cover image

The blurb is more helpful this time, at least…

Pier Paolo Pasolini was already famous as a writer and poet when he directed his first film, Accattone. Few of the actors were professionals, they were simply kids from Rome’s slums. Each character in the film has a nickname, above all the main character ‘Accattone’ (beggar). Pasolini shows us the world of the underclass and of petty criminals. His images contrast with sacred music by the composer Bach. This re-telling for learners of Italian makes a great introduction before watching the movie itself. Or simply an excellent supplement to your study program!

… but there’s an Italian Wikipedia page for this one, too, the whole movie can be found on Youtube, and of course there are the reviews to check out.

  • .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/B2 level and above
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33% Coupon Code Offer: Easy Reader Ebook Picks at Your Level

Today, as part of this week’s 33% Coupon Code promotion, I’m going to give you my top ebook picks for beginner, intermediate, and advanced-learners of Italian, so the ebooks that I’ve 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!

(SCROLL DOWN TO THE P.S. for details about the 33% Coupon Code.)

Bene, let’s get to my top picks! 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 over the festive period, and in 2024.

Make your selections today. And don’t fofget to use the 33% Coupon Code, the details of which are below.

P.S. Save 33%!

This week, EasyReaders.org is offering a 33% percent coupon code, which is valid for any/all the ebooks in our store!

Everything you see in the Catalog will be a third cheaper than usual if you remember to use coupon code:

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Copy and paste that carefully into the box in your shopping cart, where it says ‘Coupon code’, press the dark blue ‘Apply coupon’ button, then SCROLL DOWN to check that the CART TOTAL has been reduced by 33%.

Note that the prices of the various ebooks in your cart don’t change when you apply the coupon – just the cart total – and you have to scroll down to see that it’s worked.

On the Catalog page of our online store, you’ll find all our ebooks for learners of Italian, French, Spanish and German, listed by language, type and level.

Check out, for instance, the Italian easy readers, parallel texts, and self-study workbooks.

There are FREE sample chapters for just about everything too, so it should be easy to find materials at your current level, or the level you’re working towards.

Coupon code mailing-list-33%-coupon-code is good until midnight on Boxing Day, Dec. 26th 2023.

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

We hope you’ll find easy readers, parallel texts or grammar workbooks to help you improve the language you’re learning in 2024 –  at an unbeatable price!

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Save 33% on Ebooks for Language Learners (Coupon code!)

This week EasyReaders.org is offering a 33% percent coupon code, which is valid for any/all the ebooks in our store!

Everything you see in the Catalog will be a third cheaper than usual if you remember to use coupon code:

mailing-list-33%-coupon-code

Copy and paste that carefully into the box in your shopping cart, where it says ‘Coupon code’, press the dark blue ‘Apply coupon’ button, then SCROLL DOWN to check that the CART TOTAL has been reduced by 33%.

Note that the prices of the various ebooks in your cart don’t change when you apply the coupon – just the cart total – and you have to scroll down to see that it’s worked.

On the Catalog page of our online store, you’ll find all our ebooks for learners of Italian, French, Spanish and German, listed by language, type and level.

Check out, for instance, the Italian easy readers, parallel texts, and self-study workbooks.

There are FREE sample chapters for just about everything too, so it should be easy to find materials at your current level, or the level you’re working towards.

Coupon code mailing-list-33%-coupon-code is good until midnight on Boxing Day, Dec. 26th 2023.

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

We hope you’ll find easy readers, parallel texts or grammar workbooks to help you improve the language you’re learning in 2024 –  at an unbeatable price!

Browse ebooks | View Cart

Not interested? Scroll down and use the unsubscribe link in the footer of this email. You won’t be bothered again.