Learn Italian with parallel texts: eight articles with accompanying English translations!
What goes on in a teenager’s mind?
Find out with ‘Sedici’, eight articles written by a sixteen-year-old girl.
Recently, tidying up my computer, I came across a folder named “Sofia texts”.
It contained articles written as a ‘make-work’ summer project by a desperate-for-cash teenage daughter.
Four years later, reading through them made me chuckle…
“Cockroaches have my deepest sympathy. That doesn’t mean I like them, it means I feel sorry for them because everybody else hates them.”
“I got drunk off vodka once, and it wasn’t pretty.”
“The chances of anyone eating even one spider in their sleep throughout their lifetime is basically 0%.”
“If I could pick a dream job, discovering aliens would probably be pretty high on my list.”
Fortunately Sofia’s mum agreed and, given that the texts were written in English, volunteered to render them into publishable Italian, to make this parallel-text ebook.
- .pdf e-book
- 8 short chapters to read and study
- compare the Italian translation with the original English text
- Suitable for students at any level
- Download your Free Sample Chapter (.pdf)
How do I access my ebook?
When your order is ‘completed’ (normally immediately after your payment), 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, where available, cannot be downloaded but will be emailed to people who request them. There’s a space to do that on the order form – where it says Additional information, Order notes (optional). If you forget, or if you have problems downloading the .pdf, don’t worry! Email us at the address on the website and we’ll help. Also, why not check out our FAQ?
Parallel Texts – How To View The Chapters Side-By-Side!
Viewing the chapters of your parallel text ebook side by side (so as to compare the different languages) is not hard, but probably won’t happen automatically.
There are a few simple, free things you’ll need to do first.
The file is a .pdf so will open with whatever the default .pdf reader on your device is.
These can vary and will probably NOT show the chapters side-by-side, as intended.
For this reason, we recommend the free Adobe Reader, which is installed on many computers in any case.
If you don’t have it, download it here (though I’d suggest un-checking the ‘Optional Offers’…)
Once you have Adobe Reader installed, this is what you do:
- Download the file
- Don’t just click on it or it will open in a browser, which probably works differently
- Instead, view it in your device’s downloads file
- Open with Adobe Reader (right click on the file, choose ‘Open with’, select Adobe Reader)
- In Adobe Reader…
- Look in the menu (at the top) for ‘View’, then choose ‘Page display’
- Choose ‘two page view’ (for the parallel text) or ‘single page view’ for normal documents
- Use ‘View’ / ‘Read mode’ to make the text larger or smaller so that it fits your screen
- Use the ‘zoom’ and ‘page up/down’ buttons to navigate through the book
I read Sedici a little at a time, in between other things. It’s interesting as the ramblings of a teenage mind (no offence intended), rather than for its literary merit, but entertaining for all that. I did have to check the English translation from time to time to make sure that I had understood correctly, but I didn’t find too many difficult words.
Jill (verified owner) –
I read Quattordici first, and was looking forward to reading Sedici, and I wasn’t disappointed, I found its articles as interesting.
Like Quattordici it is graded as a B2/C1, I found that I could understand 99% of the texts, does that mean I am improving.
It would have been useful to have an audio available.