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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Cover image: Correre a tempo

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

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

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

For £3.99 you get:

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

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

Correre a tempo | Free Sample Chapter | Catalog

P.S.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Coupon code …

january_sale_2020_save_20%

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

but expires tonight!

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

But with the coupon code?

Just £120 (£12 a lesson).

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

But are just £6.39 each with the coupon code.

For a few more hours, at least…

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

Browse the catalogue.

Or go directly to the language you’re studying:

Italian | French | Spanish | German | Other languages

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

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

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January Sale: Final Days to Save 20% on Skype Lessons/Ebooks

A quick reminder about the EasyReaders.Org 2020 January Sale, which will end in less than forty-eight hours, at midnight on Sunday 5th of January.

Save 20% on EVERYTHING at easyreaders.org – online lessons with native speaker teachers, ebooks for learning languages, ‘easy readers’, ‘parallel texts’ – by using this coupon code:

january_sale_2020_save_20%

Ten thirty-minute online lessons with a native speaker teacher (Italian, French, Spanish, German…) would normally cost you £150 (just £15 a lesson).

But with the above coupon code, that figure is reduced to just £120! (£12 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 our catalog page.

(Go straight to the language that interests you with these links: Italian | French | Spanish | German | Other languages.)

Next, go to your shopping cart and apply coupon code january_sale_2019_save_20% which will reduce the cart total by 20%.

Remember: the coupon code is only valid until tomorrow night, Sunday 5th January.

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 2020!

Here’s that coupon code once more:

january_sale_2020_save_20%

View the catalog now!

Or browse ebooks and lesson options for the language or languages you’re studying:

Italian | French | Spanish | German | Other languages.

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My top ebook picks for beginner, intermediate, advanced-learners

Following on from Tuesday’s article ‘Build your language level step-by-step with graded materials‘, and as part of our 2020 January Sale promotion, today I’m going to give you my top ebook picks for beginner, intermediate, advanced-learners of Italian – I hope there’ll be something there 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 vocablary and 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!

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

La commediante (C1) £7.99 Download FREE sample (.pdf, .epub, .mobi)

C1/C2

Anselmo e l’omicidio di Giovanni Borgia (C1/2) £7.99 Download FREE sample (.pdf, .epub, .mobi/Kindle)
Anselmo e la moglie spagnola (C1/2) £7.99 Download FREE sample (.pdf, .epub, .mobi/Kindle)
Anselmo e l’avvelenamento del Papa (C1/2) £7.99 Download FREE sample (.pdf, .epub, .mobi/Kindle)

C2

La Via Francigena (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 2020!

The prices marked above are the usual, year-round prices but with the January Sale this week (it ends on Sunday 5th…) everything in our online shop (ebooks, online lesson credits) is 20% cheaper!

Copy and paste the coupon code january_sale_2020_save_20% into your shopping cart, then scroll down to check the cart total has been reduced by 20%.

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Build your language level step-by-step with graded materials

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!

Here are some links to get you started (don’t forget to check the level by looking at the free sample chapter…)

Italian easy readers | Italian-English parallel texts | French easy readers | French-English parallel texts | Spanish easy readers | Spanish-English parallel texts | German easy readers | German-English parallel texts

Or view everything, organised by type and level, on our Catalog page.

P.S.

Don’t forget the EasyReaders.Org 2020 January Sale this week!

Save a fifth on graded material (and online lessons) for learning Italian, Spanish, French, German (and certain other languages).

Everything in our online shop – one-to-one lessons with native-speaker teachers, ebooks for learning foreign languages, easy readers, parallel texts – is 20% cheaper until midnight on Sunday 5th January 2020 but only if you remember to use this coupon code:

january_sale_2020_save_20%

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:

Italian | French | Spanish | German | Other languages

Apply coupon code january_sale_2020_save_20% 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!

Italian | French | Spanish | German | Other languages

P.P.S.

Here’s that coupon code again:

january_sale_2020_save_20%

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

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2020 January Sale! Save 20% on Online Lessons & Ebooks

The EasyReaders.Org 2020 January Sale has begun!

Save 20% on ebooks and online lessons for students of Italian, Spanish, French, German (and certain other languages).

Everything in our shop – online lessons with native-speaker teachers, ebooks for learning foreign languages, easy readers, parallel texts – is a fifth cheaper.

Which means you could, in effect, buy ten one-to-one lessons while paying for only eight.

That’s two extra lessons of speaking and listening practice, on us!

It’s as if, when you pop 5 ebooks into your shopping cart (reading and listening practice is essential), you’ll pay for just four of them!

Use this coupon code to save £££ on your order:

january_sale_2020_save_20%

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:

Italian | French | Spanish | German | Other languages

Then go to your shopping cart and apply coupon code january_sale_2020_save_20% to reduce the cart total by 20%.

The coupon code is good until midnight on Sunday 5th January 2020.

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!

Italian | French | Spanish | German | Other languages

P.S.

Here’s that coupon code again:

january_sale_2020_save_20%

And here’s where you can use it: Catalog | Shop

The next sale won’t be until Easter…

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Countdown to the January Sale (and Italian courses in Bologna)

No new ebooks this week, and no ‘Book of the Week’ offer, sorry!

That’s because I’m busy with my other job, running an Italian school in Bologna, where this week we’re doing our annual ‘Save 20%’ offer.

If you’d be interested in taking an Italian course ACTUALY IN ITALY, details of the school’s offer can be found here:

2020 Italian Course Offer: Save 20% From Today!

And today’s article on the school website might also be of interest… 2020 Italian Course Offer: Why learn Italian?

Anyway, back to https://easyreaders.org/, your center for ONLINE lessons and EBOOKS!

We too will be running a seasonal promotion, though not until after Christmas.

From Dec. 27th 2019 through to January 6th 2020 we’ll he holding our ‘January Sale’ – we’ll be publishing a special seasonal coupon code which will save you 20% on online lessons and ebooks – the coupon code will be valid for EVERYTHING in our online shop!

So there you go: start browsing now for study materials and online lesson credits. But hold off buying anything until the Friday after Christmas, so as to take full advantage of the -20% coupon code!

More details about the January Sale on 27/12/19!

Skype Italian lessons | Italian self-study workbooks | Italian easy readers | Italian-English parallel texts | Catalog

(Don’t forget to check out the Italian courses at our school in Bologna, will you?)

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Natale a sorpresa – New Italian Easy Reader Ebook, 25% Off!

Christmas is coming, so this week we have a seasonal new ‘easy Italian reader’ ebook: Natale a sorpresa.

Easy Italian reader - Natale a sorpresa - cover image

Matteo’s supposed to be writing a book – he has a deadline coming up – but he’s suffering terribly from writers’ block. All he can do is stare at a blank computer screen. He’s recently out of a relationship, which hasn’t helped…

Worse, it’s December and Christmas is coming! Normally Matteo spends the festive season with his family, but this year they’re visiting relatives in Australia. So it looks as if he’ll be celebrating alone.

Then he has an idea. He’ll call his best friend Filippo, who’ll surely be able to help! Perhaps they can spend Christmas at Filippo’s place in the mountains, or take a trip somewhere…

The level of this story is B2 (upper-intermediate) so it’s suitable for anyone who already has some experience reading in Italian, or for those who have studied the language for a while and now would like to start reading it.

Check out the Free Sample Chapter (.pdf) to get an idea of the length, level and format of the material.

You can save the .pdf on your computer, tablet or smartphone, or print it to study in the old-fashioned way. The link to the online audio can be found in the sample chapter – in fact, the whole story is available to listen to FREE online, so if you just want to work on your listening skills, you’ve no need to actually buy the full version of the ebook at all.

However, to incentivise you to do so, this first week only Natale a sorpresa is 25% off the standard ‘easy reader’ price of £7.99, so just £5.99!

  • .pdf e-book (+ audio available free online)
  • .ePub and Mobi (Kindle-compatible) versions available at no extra cost (just ask)
  • 8 chapters to read and listen to
  • Comprehension questions to check your understanding
  • Italian/English glossary of ‘difficult’ terms for the level
  • Suitable for students at intermediate level and above
  • LAUNCH OFFER (until 15/12/19) just £5.99!
  • Download your Free Sample Chapter (.pdf)

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

Natale a sorpresa‘, just £5.99! | Free Sample Chapter (.pdf) | Catalog

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And if you subscribe, which is also free, we’ll email you thrice-weekly simplified Italian news bulletins (text plus online audio).

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50%-Off Ebook of the Week, ‘Un viaggio nel tempo’

It’s been a while since we’ve done a half-price ‘EBook of the Week’, so here we go!

Cover image: Un viaggio nel tempo

Un viaggio nel tempo is an A2/B1-level (lower-intermediate) Italian ‘easy’ reader.

Antonino is newly-retired and is finding that, now he has as much leisure time as he could desire, his days pass rather too slowly. Depression threatens. But, with the help of his adult sons, he discovers the Internet and its potential for tracing friends from his youth and so making good one of his bitterest regrets…

Normally £7.99, Un viaggio nel tempo is 50% off this week, so just £3.99 until Sunday night.

For £3.99 you get:

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

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

Un viaggio nel tempo | Free Sample Chapter | Catalog

P.S.

Have you read/listened to today’s (Tuesday’s) EasyItalianNews.com, yet?

Just click and read/listen!

It’s completely free to access for students of Italian anywhere in the world, with no registration/sign up necessary.

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