Le italiane (B2)

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Rated 4.92 out of 5 based on 12 customer ratings
(12 customer reviews)
An original Italian easy reader by Roberto Gamberini

A cool-headed resistance fighter, an Oscar-winning actor, a doctor, a singer, an Olympian, an astronaut, a TV presenter, and a victim of the mafia.

What do they all have in common?

Read and listen to the moving stories of these eight determined Italians to find out!

  • .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 upper-intermediate level or above
  • Download your Free Sample Chapter (.pdf)

Your e-book will be e-mailed to you within 24 hours of purchase.

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An original Italian easy reader by Roberto Gamberini

A cool-headed resistance fighter, an Oscar-winning actor, a doctor, a singer, an Olympian, an astronaut, a TV presenter, and a victim of the mafia.

What do they all have in common?

Read and listen to the moving stories of these eight determined Italians to find out!

  • .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 upper-intermediate level or above
  • Download your Free Sample Chapter (.pdf)

Your e-book will be e-mailed to you within 24 hours of purchase.

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12 reviews for Le italiane (B2)

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    Liz Fuse

    What a great selection of fascinating, informative pieces about truly inspiring Italian women! I felt the first person narrative involved me more in their stories and totally forgot I was supposed to be using the book to improve my Italian ability. I really must read it again with that in mind…

  2. Rated 5 out of 5

    Angela (verified owner)

    I found Le Italaine particularly inspiring, I love reading about real people and their experiences in life. I will read and read again. Thank you.

    • easyreadersorg

      I agree, Angela. Honestly, I’d never have picked this ebook off the shelf (so to speak), but reading it before we published it, I was really impressed, and moved!

      Daniel

  3. Rated 5 out of 5

    jadwiga jarvis (verified owner)

    Being aware that the ‘Easy Readers’ have the dual function of simultaneously being a learning tool and literary entertainment, it is my habit to award stars primarily for the former. Writing well and simply at the same time is a demanding task, so to give my impressions as a reader only would be to underestimate it.

    So ─ 5 big, shiny stars for the learning tool! As time goes on, I get increasingly more appreciative of the ER’s subtle capacity to teach, to embed an ever-expanding vocabulary into the dim recesses of the mind, to make grammatical conundrums suddenly become clearer. While reading Le italiane I experienced a curiously delicious moment; I thought the paragraph I had just read was written in English! Surely there can be no better sign that Italian has began to seep into my bones?

    Daniel’s emails often discuss the tricks of and techniques for learning a language. It goes without saying that living a year or two among native speakers tops the list, followed by… whatever works best for you (and whatever is within your reach); private lessons, courses on line, watching Italian films, listening to Italian songs or radio, corresponding or reading. But (says the compulsive reader who reads the small print on the toothpaste tube while brushing her teeth) ─ however many of the above methods you use, never, ever, leave out reading.
    As for the book itself, I have just one reservation:
    Six of the eight chapters are excellent, informative and sometimes moving. The courage of Carla Capponi is admirable; Franca Viola’s heroic refusal to accept her totally unacceptable fate ─ and by doing so help change the lot of abused Sicilian women ─ gives her harrowing story a profound meaning; the against-the-odds achievements of Maria Montessori and Samantha Cristoforetti call for a standing ovation. Tania Cagnotto’s hard work and persistence ─ while not in the same history-changing class as the others ─ are praiseworthy. Anna Magnani’s rejection of the Hollywood glitz is exactly what one would expect of a serious actress and an introspective human being ─ you want to give her another Oscar (sent by mail, naturally) just for that. All these women really, really made a difference.
    So what is my reservation? It is this: Pop stars and show biz personalities ─ even if one sold 70 million records and the other pioneered the public exposure of a belly button on Italian TV ─ don’t really belong here. Their inclusion trivialises the experiences and serious achievements of the others.
    Nevertheless ─ to end on a positive note ─ read this interesting book. If you happen to share my feelings, you can simply skip the froth and concentrate on what really matters.

  4. Rated 4 out of 5

    Mary Sage (verified owner)

    We are using the book in our U3A Italian “conversation” group; we are a group of 7 self-help Italian learners at around intermediate level. We listen to a chapter together, with and without the transcript, read it out loud, and then translate the gist, discuss vocabulary etc. We are not sufficiently advanced to discuss the content in Italian, but so far, have found the information about the various women informative and interesting.
    One slight criticism is the fact that the texts are written and narrated in the first person, as they are clearly not actually written by the people themselves. and we have found this confusing at times.
    Overall, though, a good book to use with a group.

  5. Rated 5 out of 5

    Anita Cummings

    I have really enjoyed listening and reading this book. I found the lives of these Italian women varied, very interesting and well written. Each of the chapters are of a reasonable length, the soundtrack is clear and the narrator has an ‘easy to listen to’ voice. At first, I found it a little fast but I soon ‘tuned in’ and found the more I listened the more I could understand.
    I listen to each chapter 2-3 times and then read the transcript whilst listening and finally, read aloud, thus incorporating listening and reading and speaking skills.
    I have since watched some of Anna Magnani’s film, Roma Citta Aperta and listened to Laura Pausini’s songs (without English subtitles). I look forward to reading more about the other women in the book.
    All in all, a great choice.

  6. Rated 5 out of 5

    Jocelyn Taylor (verified owner)

    I found this to be a very interesting book. The glossary and questions were helpful, although it might be better to have the answers to the questions at the end of each chapter instead of at the end of the book.

  7. Rated 5 out of 5

    Kathy Woodhall (verified owner)

    This book looks into the lives of real Italian women. For me, it deepened my connection with not only the language but the women and culture of Italy! Studying Italian is not just an academic exercise but a relationship with a country!

  8. Rated 5 out of 5

    Fiona Geilinger

    I’m happy to be writing this review on International Women’s Day. I very much enjoyed this book. An interesting and diverse mixture of stories that intrigue you to find out more about these inspirational women. I listen a few times and then read, to develop both skills.

  9. Rated 5 out of 5

    Harold Wonham (verified owner)

    This is a very interesting selection of notable Italian women (actress, astronaut, resistance fighter, singer, educator, television performer, Mafia victim, and diver). The texts are well written in the first person, with short biographical details, and a summary of their of their motivation and achievements. The recurrent themes are that women can achieve anything, if they have vision, ambition and persistence, and they could be born anywhere in the country, so it is quite inspirational.
    The exercises are varied and the glossary useful, though as ever I had to search for certain words elsewhere, although it is also good practice and fun working out the meaning from context.
    The chapters are clearly read, though for me, too fast. I understood the text quite well when I read it, but if I had listened first, I’d have gained very little from it and would have been demotivated.

  10. Rated 5 out of 5

    Linda Ann Novelli Thompson (verified owner)

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I found the stories of the women very interesting and learned things that I had not known before. It made me want to learn more about several of the women. I have not listened to the soundtrack yet but I plan to do that later. Thanks for making this book available!

  11. Rated 5 out of 5

    Lewis Savage (verified owner)

    I’ve enjoyed reading about these famous Italian women. They had led varied lives and have been well chosen for this e- book. I find that listening a couple of times, trying to understand the gist before reading the transcript and then a final listen is the best way to get the most from the e- books. Well done!

  12. Rated 5 out of 5

    Zsuzsanna Snarey (verified owner)

    I have not quite finished listening to this ebook but what I have heard and read I found fascinating. I can’t wait to hear the next chapter. It is a topical subject as women make their mark in all areas of public life and science.
    It is a level B2, so quite demanding for me but I like a challenge!

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