An easy Italian reader by Michela Guida
Improve your Italian reading and listening skills with these B2/C1-level stories from ‘I racconti di Canterbury’ (The Canterbury Tales) by Geoffrey Chaucer.
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!
Geoffrey Chaucer nacque a Londra nel 1340 circa, figlio di un importante mercante di vino. Per gran parte della sua vita, fu in contatto con la corte reale di Londra, tra cui quella di Edoardo III che gli consentì di compiere diversi viaggi in Francia, nelle Fiandre e in Italia.
“I racconti di Canterbury” sono una raccolta di racconti in versi. La cornice narrativa, che permette ai personaggi di raccontare le proprie storie, è un pellegrinaggio da Londra verso Canterbury per visitare la tomba di Thomas Becket.
- .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)
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Roger D (verified owner) –
I’ve always intended to read the Canterbury Tales and always want to improve my Italian. By reading the ebook I’ve been able to kill two birds with one stone.
I found the level not too difficult and had to resort to the dictionary only occasionally.
Debbie (verified owner) –
I’m really at B1 level not B2 but I wanted to try it, knowing some of the Tales quite well in English, So I started with the Prologue and proceeded through the Tales I knew in English and that’s as far as I’ve got so far. But I plan to read the rest, It’s not been easy going all the time so far so it might be a lot harder as I continue. But I’m getting most of it which I’m pleased about.
Laura Camaione (verified owner) –
Loved this book! I am encouraged now to buy my next level B2/C1. The audio file is also a great way to practice my listening comprehension.
Donna K. (verified owner) –
I just finished reading I Racconti di Canterbury, and I really enjoyed the experience. At times I was challenged with the Italian but was greatly rewarded with the experience of reading and emerging myself in an entertaining tale! By the way, I had never read Canterbury Tales in English, which is my native language, so I found this even more rewarding.
Lynn Swanson (verified owner) –
I enjoyed this a lot. I found I could understand quite a bit of it. And of course it is an interesting tale! The whole idea of these EASYREADERS books is brilliant!
David Wedderburn (verified owner) –
Really enjoyed reading this book, even surprised myself by understanding most of it. Need to concentrate on the accompanying sound track now.
Good plan, David. And if that goes OK, move up a level, push yourself!
Thanks for taking the time to leave a review, by the way. We apreciate it.