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Locked down at home and bored to tears? Some ideas

(This article was originally published in March 2020, I’ve just changed the coupon codes so that they’re valid for THIS YEAR’S Spring Sale… But see how little has changed in 12 months! )

Locked down at home with nothing much to do? That would explain why some of our websites have seen a spike in traffic this week.

OnlineItalianClub.com, for example, which offers masses of FREE materials for learning Italian, is breaking all previous records, with thousands of visitors each day from countries around the world!

And EasyItalianNews.com is also doing well, with over five thousand people signed up to receive FREE bulletins of ‘easy’ Italian news to read/listen to, three times each and every week. (EDITOR’S NOTE – that’s now over nine thousand…)

Both of those are great options IF YOU’RE STUDYING ITALIAN, but did you know we also sell ebooks and online lessons for students of other languages?

We have ‘easy reader’ ebooks in French, Spanish and German, for example. Typically they’ll comprise eight short chapters, written for students at a particular level, from beginner up. You get the text, plus an accompanying online audio recording, so you can read and listen at the same time, or read first then listen, or even listen first then read to check your understanding.

A chapter a day should be manageable for most people, which makes these materials a very affordable option. But if you’ve got too much time on your hands, as many of us have right now, why not aim to read/listen to an ebook every day of your lockdown??

Four chapters in the morning, four in the afternoon, review the unknown words in the evening, and listen to the whole thing once more the next morning, to warm up, before starting the next ebook – which could be at the same, or at a slightly higher level.

That would be pretty full on! And I’d bet that, by the time we’re through this virus thing, your reading/listening skills would be so much better!

Or what about trying some of our ‘parallel text’ ebooks? These don’t have the audio, but they do have an English translation, so they’re more suited to the type of student that likes to understand every nuance and isn’t so bothered about building real-time comprehension skills.

How do they work? Well, suppose you’re studying Spanish: the parallel text gives you a chapter of original Spanish written for learners at your level, followed by the same text translated into English. The lines in each version are numbered so you can easily compare them (1. Hola Lola! Como estas? = 1. Hello Lola! How are you?)

Actually, I’m studying Spanish myself right now, or rather not studying it and just hoping that something magical happens and my brain will just absorb it without me having to make any effort!

I’m aware, of course, that we’re locked in the house, I have dozens of ebooks right here that I could be working on, and that this might be my best-ever opportunity to do so. But I keep finding excuses not to start, for example writing these emails!

That takes maybe half a day, though. Then, I’m just wasting time, time I could be spending doing something useful… Tut, tut! Must do better!

What I am managing to squeeze into my frantic schedule is a weekly online lesson with a nice Spanish teacher in Mexico. A half-hour of friendly chatter is both a workout for my Spanish and a welcome opportunity to interact with someone from outside our home. And at a surprisingly modest cost!

A pack of ten thirty-minute Spanish, French or Italian lessons comes to just £180, so £18 per lesson. But during our ‘Spring Sale’ promotion, assuming you remember to use the coupon code, that’s 20% discounted!

So just £144 for ten thirty-minute lessons, or £14.40 for a friendly chat in the language you’re learning with an experienced native-speaker teacher.

And given that all the shops are closed anyway…

Spring Sale 2021: Save 20%!

Don’t forget that EasyReaders.Org has its ‘Spring Sale’ this week, meaning that until midnight on Sunday you can save 20% on our whole range of ebooks for learning foreign languages, and/or on one-to-one lessons with our team of online teachers.

Use coupon code Spring-Sale-2021 to get your discount – carefully copy and paste it into the box in your shopping cart (where it says ‘Coupon code’), press the blue ‘Apply coupon’ button, then scroll down to check that the cart total has been discounted before proceeding to the payment stage.

  • Coupon code Spring-Sale-2021 will get you a 20% discount on everything, IF you remember to use it…
  • It’s valid until midnight on Sunday 28th March 2021
  • There’s no minimum or maxium spend, and you can use the coupon as often as you wish while the offer lasts
  • Coupon code Spring-Sale-2021 will even work on items that are already discounted, such as ebook multipacks and packs of online lesson credits
  • Payment options include credit card, Amazon Pay (use your existing Amazon account payment method, if you have one), and Paypal

Our catalog page shows all our ebook and lesson options in one place, language by language, organised by type, and in level order.

Browse our full range of lessons, easy readers, ‘ebooks of the film’, ‘parallel texts’, grammar workbooks, and so on. From the catalog page you can also check the prices, follow links to the product information pages, and download free sample chapters.

Check out the catalog page now, or view only the language or languages that you’re currently studying:

Italian | French | Spanish | German

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The 2021 Spring Sale Has Started: Get 20% Off Everything!

Just to let you know that the EasyReaders.Org 2021 ‘Spring Sale’ started yesterday!

Which means that for the next week or so you’ll be able to save 20% on our whole range of ebooks for learning foreign languages, and/or on one-to-one lessons with our team of online teachers.

The coupon code you need to get the discount is:

Spring-Sale-2021

To reduce the price of everything by 20% compared to the prices shown in the shop, carefully copy and paste coupon code Spring-Sale-2021 into the box in your shopping cart (where it says ‘Coupon code’), press the blue ‘Apply coupon’ button, then scroll down to check that the cart total has been discounted before proceeding to the payment stage.

  • Coupon code Spring-Sale-2021 gets you a 20% discount on everything!
  • It’s valid until midnight on Sunday 28th March 2021
  • There’s no minimum or maxium spend
  • Use the coupon as often as you wish while the offer lasts
  • It will even work on items which are already discounted, such as ebook multipacks and packs of online lesson credits
  • Payment options include credit card, Amazon Pay (use your existing Amazon account payment method, if you have one), and Paypal

If you need help, either choosing what might be most suitable for your level and situation, with the coupon code, or with payments, feel free to email me.

Ready to save £££, while turbocharging your study program?

Follow these links to choose materials and online lessons for the language or languages that you’re learning:

Italian | French | Spanish | German

Or better, browse our catalog page, where you’ll find all our ebook and lesson options in one place, language by language, organised by type, and in level order.

From the our catalog page, it’s easy find our full range of lessons, easy readers, ‘ebooks of the film’, ‘parallel texts’, grammar workbooks, and so on, along with the prices, links to the product information page, and to the downloadable free sample chapters.

Visit the catalog page now, or browse only the language that you’re currently studying:

Italian | French | Spanish | German

P.S.

Here’s that coupon code again: Spring-Sale-2021

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Half-price easy-reader Italian/French/Spanish/German ebook!

This week’s 50%-Off, easy-reader ‘eBook of the Week’ offer comes in four different language versions!

Read/listen to the story in Italian, French, Spanish or German. Or do as I am doing, and learn more than one of those languages at the same time! I’m reading and listening to the French and Spanish versions this week, one chapter of each per day.

Italian easy readers: il giocoliere

What’s the story about?

A student has her purse stolen on a crowded bus. It contains little of value, except a photograph which is precious to her…

The level of this story is A1-A2 (elementary/pre-intermediate), which means it’s suitable for more or less anyone, even if you’ve had no previous experience reading/listening to the language (or languages) you’re learning!

Normally £7.99, this week’s ebook offer is half price, so just £3.99!

For that, you get:

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

Find out more, leaf through the FREE sample chapters, or buy the full version, at half the usual price, with these links:

ITALIAN | Il giocoliere | Free Sample Chapter

FRENCH | Le jongleur | Free Sample Chapter

SPANISH | El malabarista | Free Sample Chapter

GERMAN | Der Jongleur | Free Sample Chapter

N.b. You’ll find the audio link (for the ENTIRE EBOOK) in the free sample chapters. Which means you could, in theory, listen to the whole story, no purchase necessary! Of course, it’s easier if you have the full text to follow along with…

Looked at the FREE sample chapter? Too easy or difficult?

No worries! You’ll find our range of ebooks in each of the above languages on the Catalog page, together with sample chapters and links to find out more about each title.

Use the sample chapters linked to from the Catalog page to select stories that interest you at a level which is more appropriate to where you currently are with your language-learning.

Catalog

How do I access my ebook?

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

P.S.

For those of you learning Italian, Tuesday’s FREE bulletin of ‘easy’ Italian news is ready to read/listen to.

Click here to begin improving your Italian reading and listening skills, for FREE!

And why not also subscribe to EasyItalianNews.com?

That’s also completely free. Enter your email on this page to receive three Easy Italian News bulletins each and every week, with absolutely no obligation!

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Downloaded the FREE Italian/Spanish/French/German e-books, yet?

Yes, that’s correct.

At EasyReaders.org you can download two different types of ebook, for each of four different languages (Italian/Spanish/French/German), at a cost of ZERO!

The two FREE Italian ebooks are:

Il ristorante‘ is an ‘easy reader’, a simplified story with exercises and audio. It’s IDEAL for beginners!

La sorpresa‘ is an Italian/English parallel text, also intended for beginners. You get the original Italian, and an accompanying English translation, so you can compare the two versions line by line.

The two FREE Spanish ebooks are:

El restaurante‘ is an ‘easy reader’, a simplified story with exercises and audio. It’s IDEAL for beginners!

La sorpresa‘ is a Spanish/English parallel text, also intended for beginners. You get the original Spanish, and the accompanying English translation, so you can compare them line by line.

The two FREE French ebooks are:

Le restaurant‘ is an ‘easy reader’, a simplified story with exercises and audio. It’s IDEAL for beginners!

La surprise‘ is a French/English parallel text, also intended for beginners. You get the original French story, along with the accompanying English translation, so you can compare them line by line.

The two FREE German ebooks are:

Das Restaurant‘ is an ‘easy reader’, a simplified story with exercises and audio. It’s IDEAL for beginners!

Die Überraschung‘ is a German/English parallel text, also intended for beginners. You get the original German text, plus an accompanying English translation, so you can compare them line by line.

Which ebook will be best for you? The ‘easy reader’ (simplified text + audio) or the ‘parallel text’ (simplified text + translation)?

We recommend that you try both formats for the language or languages you’re learning, so you’ll know which best suits your style of learning!

N.b. Next week we’ll be having a half-price offer on another ebook, with versions in these same four languages, at a slightly higher level… More details to follow!

Browse our online shop: EasyReaders.org.

There’s a convenient Catalog of ebooks for language learners, and online lesson options!

And/or check out our websites, which offer free material for learning languages:

DontSpeakItalian.com | DontSpeakSpanish.com | DontSpeakFrench.com | DontSpeakGerman.com

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Half-priced easy-reader ‘eBook of the Week’: La commediante

This week’s 50%-Off, easy-reader ‘eBook of the Week’ offer is the C1 (advanced) -level La commediante.

Italian easy readers - La commediante - cover image

Nel 1500 nasce in Italia un nuovo modo di fare teatro. Si tratta della “Commedia dell’arte”, un tipo di teatro popolare che prende vita nelle piazze.

Le rappresentazioni non si basavano su un copione ben definito ma, piuttosto, su un “canovaccio” ovvero una traccia generica della storia. Toccava poi agli attori improvvisare le battute.

Le “arti” erano le corporazioni dei lavoratori di uno stesso settore. C’era dunque anche una “arte” degli attori. Fino al 1564 le compagnie di attori erano composte di dieci uomini…

Lucrezia is a young prostitute, whose real passion is show business! And because a troupe of players is in town, the local priest is going to have to wait a little longer to see her. Instead of working this afternoon, she’ll get dressed and go down to the piazza to see the show (for the third time!)

The level of this story is C1 (advanced), so it’s suitable for students who already have some experience reading in Italian, or for those who have studied the language for a while and would now like a challenge!

Normally £7.99, La commediante is half price this week, so just £3.99!

For that, you get:

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

La commediante, just £3.99! | Free Sample Chapter | Catalog

How do I access my ebook?

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

P.S.

Tuesday’s FREE bulletin of ‘easy’ Italian news has just been published.

Click here to read/listen, for FREE!

And why not subscribe, if you haven’t already done so? That’s free, too!

Enter your email on this page and you’ll receive three Easy Italian News bulletins each and every week, with absolutely no obligation!

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Half-priced easy-reader ‘eBook of the Week’: ‘I Malavoglia’

This week’s 50%-Off, easy-reader ‘eBook of the Week’ offer is the B1 (intermediate) -level I Malavoglia.

Easy Italian readers - I Malavoglia - cover image

Giovanni Verga’s classic novel of a struggling family of fishermen is one of the best known works of Italian literature from the nineteenth century.

‘I Malavoglia’, literally ‘the Unwillings’ (an ironic nickname coined, in the Sicilian fashion of the day, by fellow villagers and fisherfolk) are an industrious extended family headed by ‘Ntoni, who fishes from the family’s boat, ‘la Provvidenza’, together with his son, Bastiano, and grandsons.

For generations, hard work and the strength of the family has been enough to ensure survival and respect. But one day, Bastiano’s eldest boy, called ‘Ntoni too, after his grandfather, is drafted to the military. Suddenly the hard-working family is short one set of hands: “nessuno può immaginarne le catastrofiche conseguenze…”

The level of this story is B1 (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 practising it with our short, simplified versions of the classics of Italian literature!

Normally £7.99, I Malavoglia is half price this week, so just £3.99!

For that, you get:

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

I Malavoglia., just £3.99! | Free Sample Chapter | Catalog

How do I access my ebook?

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

P.S.

Tuesday’s FREE bulletin of ‘easy’ Italian news is ready for you to read/listen to.

Click here to begin improving your Italian reading and listening skills, for FREE!

And why not also subscribe to EasyItalianNews.com?

That’s completely free, too. Just enter your email on this page to receive three Easy Italian News bulletins each and every week, with absolutely no obligation!

Unsubscribing is quick and easy, if you stop studying Italian…

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150 FREE Online Language Lessons Offer: just 36 hours left!!

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

There are only about 36 hours remaining of our Free Trial Online Language Lesson offer, which ends tomorrow night (Sunday February 14th 2021).

There won’t be another chance to try a FREE one-to-one online language lesson (Italian, French, Spanish or German) until November 2021.

This week we’ve already given away around a hundred and fifty FREE online lessons, worth £20 each.

But we still have the capacity and budget for a few more, so if you’d like to try an online lesson (via Skype or Zoom) with a native-speaker teacher, follow these links to claim yours:

Italian | Spanish | French | German | Catalog

N.b. There’s no need to buy one to get one free, and you don’t have to provide credit card or payment details. Anyone who wants to try a one-to-one online lesson, gets one for free!

Of course, the idea is that some of you will buy additional lesson credits and continue to learn this way. Others won’t, but that’s fine – hopefully those people will say nice things about us to others they know who are learning Italian/French/Spanish/German.

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

Grab yours!

Italian | Spanish | French | German | Catalog

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

  • The Free Trial Online Italian Lesson offer ends on Sunday 14th February 2021
  • You don’t have to DO the lesson this week, just ‘order’ it
  • Around a hundred and fifty people have already signed up for a trial lesson, but there are a few slots still available
  • This offer is for NEW STUDENTS ONLY
  • If you booked a free trial last time but didn’t take it – try again!
  • But if you’ve already done a free trial in the past, sorry but this isn’t for you
  • Once you’ve completed your lesson, you’ll be sent a 15% discount coupon

View online lesson prices in our Catalog.

Then click one of these links to book your free trial Italian lesson:

Italian | Spanish | French | German

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Don’t forget the 150 FREE One-to-One Language Lessons!

Here’s a quick reminder: this week at EasyReaders.Org we’re giving away 150 FREE ONE-TO-ONE LANGUAGE LESSONS (the offer is for new students only.)

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

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

This promotion is for new students only and is limited to one FREE lesson per person.

Here’s are the links you need to ‘order’ your free trial language lesson:

Italian | Spanish | French | German | Catalog

N.b. The offer ends on Sunday night, though that’s the deadline for responding to the offer, not for actually doing the lesson.

  • The Free Trial Online Language Lesson offer ends on Sunday 14/02/21
  • You don’t have to DO the lesson this week, just ‘order’ it
  • This offer is for NEW STUDENTS ONLY and is limited to one FREE lesson per person
  • If you ordered a free trial last time but didn’t take it – try again!
  • But if you’ve already done a free trial in the past, sorry but this isn’t for you
  • After your lesson, you’ll get a 15% discount coupon valid for your first purchase of one-to-one language lessons

Follow these links to ‘order’ your FREE trial language lesson:

Italian | Spanish | French | German | Catalog

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This Week, 150 FREE One-to-One Language Lessons!

It’s February, so time for our semi-annual ‘FREE One-to-One Language Lesson’ offer!

This week at EasyReaders.Org we’ll be giving away 150 FREE ONE-TO-ONE LANGUAGE LESSONS (the offer is for new students only.)

This is a promotion we do twice a year when things are otherwise quiet – the last one was in November 2020 and the next one will be in November 2021.

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

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

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

It’s a genuinely-free offer!

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

To claim your FREE trial one-to-one lesson, follow these links to our online shop:

Italian | Spanish | French | German | Catalog

Once we’ve received your order (there’s no payment stage, don’t worry), our teaching management assistant will contact you to find out what your needs and preferences are and, importantly, WHEN you’d like to do your free lesson.

That could take a few hours, or as long as a day or two, so be patient. If you don’t see an email from our team in your inbox, please check the spam/junk folders before writing to us. 

N.b. There’s no rush to do the free trial lesson, which doesn’t have to be this week – the offer ends on Sunday night (Feb. 14th 2021), but that’s just a promotional deadline, not a limit for actually doing the lesson.

  • The Free Trial One-to-One Language Lesson offer ends on Sunday, 14/02/21
  • No need to actually DO the lesson this week, just ‘order’ it
  • Remember: this offer is for NEW STUDENTS ONLY
  • If you ordered a free trial last time but didn’t take it – do try again!
  • But if you’ve already done a free trial in the past, sorry…
  • After completing your lesson, you’ll be sent a 15% discount coupon

Ready to order your FREE trial one-to-one lesson?

Italian | Spanish | French | German | Catalog

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From Monday 8th February: 150 FREE Online Language Lessons!

It’s February, so ALMOST time for our semi-annual ‘Free Trial Online Lesson’ offer – and this time it’s not just Italian lessons we’re giving away, but one-to-one Spanish, French and German lessons too!

Next week at EasyReaders.Org, 150 FREE ONLINE LANGUAGE LESSONS are up for grabs (the offer begins on Monday 8th February and is for new students only.)

This is a promotion we do twice a year, when things are otherwise quiet – the last one was in November 2020, the February offer is next week, and the next promotion of this type won’t be until November 2021.

Each time we do this offer, we aim to give away a hundred and fifty free online language lessons, which are normally priced at £20 each (you’d pay less per lesson for packs of ten, twenty or thirty 30-minute lesson credits – see prices.)

So why not try an online lesson (via Skype or Zoom) with one of our friendly mother-tongue teachers, at a cost of exactly ZERO? We have hundreds of online students, mostly of Italian but now also for other languages, and most of them began this way, with a free trial. Read genuine, unedited customer reviews in our online shop, for example here.

N.b. You don’t have to buy a lesson to get one free, we won’t even ask for your card details – all we need to organise your lesson is your email address (which you see, we already have…), so our teaching management assistant can arrange for a suitable member of our teaching team to contact you to organise your lesson.

Before allocating a teacher, we’ll email you a brief questionnaire to find out your existing level in the language you want to practice, and whether you have any particular needs or preferences for your 30-minute trial.

Be assured – this is a genuinely-free offer! But if you’re uninterested in hearing more about next week’s promotion?

Each ‘bulk’ emailed article we send out, including this one, has an UNSUBSCRIBE LINK, normally at the bottom. If you’d prefer not to hear from us in future, SCROLL DOWN NOW and click the unsubscribe link – it takes just seconds to permanently remove your email address from our database.

Offer details:

  • The Free Trial Online Lesson offer begins on Monday February 8th and ends on Sunday February 14th 2021
  • There’s no need to actually DO your free lesson that week, just ‘book’ it
  • This offer is for NEW STUDENTS ONLY
  • If you booked a free trial last time but didn’t take it – do try again!
  • But if you’ve already done a free trial in the past, sorry but this is not for you…
  • After completing your lesson, you’ll be sent a 15% discount coupon which gets you a one-time discount on future online lessons, to incentivize you continue (view prices)
  • Besides that coupon, we have four 20%-Off promotions each year (in the spring, the summer, the fall, and at New Year), so most of our regular students pay 20% less than the prices you see in the shop, here

Browse our catalog of language lessons and ebooks, where you’ll also find free ebook downloads for learners of Italian, Spanish, French, German and certain other languages.