Colombo e il mare Oceano (Level B1/2)

.pdf ebook
Rated 4.67 out of 5 based on 3 customer ratings
(3 customer reviews)
An original Italian easy reader by Enrico Maso

September 1492, Atlantic Ocean: Christopher Columbus is wrestling with his fear of failure and ruin. After months at sea, there's still no sign of land. Captains and crew are growing desperate!

This challenging easy reader ebook is an excellent way for intermediate-advanced students of Italian to consolidate their knowledge of grammar rules, learn new words and, above all, build reading and listening skills!

  • .pdf e-book (+ audio available free online at soundcloud.com)
  • 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)

Please note: your e-book will be emailed to you within 24 hours of your purchase.

£7.99

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An original Italian easy reader by Enrico Maso

September 1492, Atlantic Ocean: Christopher Columbus is wrestling with his fear of failure and ruin. After months at sea, there’s still no sign of land. Captains and crew are growing desperate!

This challenging easy reader ebook is an excellent way for intermediate-advanced students of Italian to consolidate their knowledge of grammar rules, learn new words and, above all, build reading and listening skills!

  • .pdf e-book (+ audio available free online at soundcloud.com)
  • 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)

Please note: your e-book will be emailed to you within 24 hours of your purchase.

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.pdf ebook

3 reviews for Colombo e il mare Oceano (Level B1/2)

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    This reader is currently above my level in Italian (A2) and as pointed out is quite a challenge. The audio is pretty quick but as that is how a lot of Italians speak, it is something I need to get used to rather than asking them to talk slower. I think the story is good and follows Columbus and the problems he faced on his journey. This is a reader I will go back to every often to deepen my understanding and gauge how I am progressing in my learning and comprehension of this language. I actually have the parallel text version.

  2. Rated 5 out of 5

    (verified owner)

    This is one of the best of the easy readers, but is quite demanding. My level is B2; rather better in grammar due to old fashioned lessons many years ago, but weaker in listening, which is what I concentrate on now (and like many others, I find progress frustratingly slow!). My technique is to read the questions, listen, attempt to answer the questions, then listen again whilst following the Italian text. I have found the easy readers an excellent way of gaining gradual improvement.

    Of the B1/B2 readers this is not the one to start with. I would start with the excellent ‘Segreti and Polpette’. The reason is that this one has more specialist vocabulary relating to ships (explained in the glossaries), and, as the other reviewer has pointed out, is read more quickly. Although this last is challenging, I think it is ultimately very useful. My aim is to be able to engage naturally in conversation with my Italian friends, and they talk even faster. I think this reader is the nearest to the way Italians would normally speak, so it is worth persevering. I think the story works well in maintaining interest, and the flashback didn’t bother me. Indeed, detecting that it is a flashback is a useful challenge.

  3. Rated 4 out of 5

    (verified owner)

    This is an absorbing account of Columbus’s gaining sponsorship for his journey westwards to the Americas, the hardships and doubts and despairs of the journey, and the final sighting of land. The vocabulary is carefully chosen and several appropriate words are given in the glossary (though of course every reader will already know some of these, while other, unknown words must be sought in a dictionary). There is good tension in the story, which invites you to read further.

    There are two reasons why I don’t award five stars. One, I found the reading too fast in places, often with parts of words swallowed. That may be how many Italians speak, but it doesn’t aid my learning. Second, there is a flashback in the middle, which is intially confusing. I’d have preferred the whole story to be sequential.

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