This week we’ve published an enjoyable new ‘easy Italian reader’ ebook: La commediante.
Meet Lucrezia, a prostitute who’d much rather be an actress. Though as she tells us, she’s already an actress, sort of!
However, a change of career seems impossible because, in Lucrezia’s day, female roles in popular theatre were always played by men…
Here’s some background information, in Italian:
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.
The level of this story is C1 (advanced) so it’s suitable for anyone who already has some experience reading in Italian. If you can figure out the three paragraphs above, it should be manageable for you.
But just to be sure, check out the Free Sample Chapter (.pdf), which is also a good way to get an idea of the length and format of the material.
Save the .pdf on your computer, or print it to study in the old-fashioned way. N.b. there’s a link to the online audio in the sample chapter – the entire story is available to listen to FREE online, no purchase required. Why not give it a try??
As usual, this first week only La commediante 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 and advanced levels
- LAUNCH OFFER (until 01/12/19) just £5.99!
- Download your Free Sample Chapter (.pdf)
Your ebook will be emailed to you within 24 hours of purchase.
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