Learn Italian with parallel texts: an original story in Italian with an accompanying English translation!
A young artist, who can’t pay his rent, offers to paint his landlord’s flat instead. But guess who the landlord’s daughter turns out to be?
- .pdf e-book
- original text in Italian / translation in English
- 8 short chapters to read and study
- 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
Karen (verified owner) –
I enjoyed reading this story. It is an interesting and sweet love story about a struggling artist. I wanted the story to continue. I am hoping for a sequel.
jan (verified owner) –
Really enjoyed this lovely story. Suited me to have the English parallel text as this is just above my level, but chosen particularly to provide a challenge. Satisfying to know that I have learned so much Italian through the 1:1 Skype lessons, and equally good that reading this book has provided new vocabulary and something to aim for. I shall read it over and over. Great value too
Angela (verified owner) –
Today I read this book again, it is a lovely story not too complicated and I found myself completely absorbed in it. I am trying to reach B2 level so have been attempting harder books. This was a pleasure to read and although easier it was not too easy.
And I am likely to read it again.
Lynne F –
After reading a few texts at a lower level I felt it was time to take the challenge and move to the next! The storyline was simple which meant I wasn’t distracted by a complex plot. I surprised myself with how much I could understand. I also now know my next learning steps. It is good that the English text follows each chapter which meant that I wasn’t tempted to look until I had read it in Italian but then could ensure I had understood it properly before moving on to the next chapter. I have just ordered three more books and look forward to the challenge of reading them.