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Severed heads found in canal! (Final B2 Italian listening)

Nothing like a bit of gore first thing in the morning, and four severed heads recovered from an Italian canal is just the thing!

But the report, subject of today’s B2 level Italian listening practice exercise, is not from the crime pages (cronaca nera – black reporting, in Italian).

No, this is a ‘fine arts’ story, we’re talking stone heads.

Click here to listen and to complete the text

You’ll find the others in our B2 series here.

And free materials, including listenings, at all levels here.

Buono studio!

P.S.

News, news, news!

Firstly, we’re working on a major reorganisation of our content – which currently totals over 2000 pages and is nigh on impossible to navigate.

Thanks to the European Union’s wonderful Erasmus project, whereby European college students get to spend a period in another EU country doing work experience or studying at a foreign university, we have a keen young Latvian diligently reorganising everything.

You won’t be able to see the changes yet, but the idea is to have all the grammar on one page, all the listenings on another, and so on. Everything in alphabetical order and labeled by topic, level and exercise type.

Well, that’s the theory, anyway. See how we’ve done in a week or two when the work is completed….

& COMING NEXT WEEK!

Monday will hopefully see the publication of the latest in our ‘book of the film’ series of easy Italian readers.

The latest volume tells the story of the classic movie ‘Ladri di biciclette’, one of the first movies I saw after arriving in Italy way back in 1998.

According to Wikipedia:

“È tuttora considerato un classico del cinema ed è ritenuto uno dei massimi capolavori del neorealismocinematografico italiano”

It was one of the most emotionally affecting movies I ever saw, so it’s great to be publishing Giovanni’s faithful retelling of the story, which brought it all rushing back!

To find out more, I recommend the Italian Wikipedia page, which has the nicest pictures (but there’s also the English Wikipedia page, if you’re feeling lazy.)

And homework today is to memorise and practise the word ‘neorealismocinematografico‘.

And when you’ve done that, to drop it casually into your conversations so as to impress friends, relatives, co-workers, etc.

So that’s the news.

If you can’t wait until Monday for ‘Ladri di biciclette’, check out our shop for the easy Italian readers and online Italian lessons.

Start with week right: Italian listening practice exercise!

With the whole of the week stretching ahead of us, Monday’s a great day for making ambitious plans, and taking those first small steps on the journey to achieving them.

Yes, you really could improve your Italian. All you have to do is to get into the habit of studying regularly… which is, of couse, easier said than done.

But here’s a solution: the regular, three-times-a-week e-mail from OnlineItalianClub.com!

We always have something new and stimulating to keep your Italian moving along in the right direction.

All you have to do is open the email, click the link, listen a couple of times while trying to answer the questions, and check your answers using the transcript provided (and a dictionary, if you really must…)

In ten minutes or so, you’re done. Now that wasn’t so hard, was it?

Do that three times a week, 52 weeks a year, and just watch as your level in Italian improves!

Today’s listening task is B2 (upper-intermediate), but there’s no reason why students at any level can’t profit from it. In any case, there are plenty of easier materials on our site – over 1000 pages.

Inspired?

Click here for today’s exercise.

Or here to view free materials at other levels.

Buono studio!

P.S.

On Sunday I had an email from Joni, who had just bought an easy reader from our shop. (Yes, I answer emails on Sundays.)

She asked, “How do I read and listen at the same time. Do I have to print it off?”

As it seems likely that Joni’s not the only OnlineItalianClub.com member scratching her head about this, I’m posting my reply here below.

But before you get lost in the technical stuff, here’s the link to our online shop where you’ll find the easy Italian readers.

If you’re doubtful about the computery, technical stuff, my suggestion is to give the free sample chapters a try first. If you can make those work on your smartphone, tablet or computer, then you’re good to go with the complete, paid-for version.

(Get the free sample chapter for each book by clicking on the cover image in the shop and scanning through the blurb until you see the link… Give it a try here.)

O.K., here’s my reply to Joni:

 

This is easier than it looks.
If you click the audio link in the ebook, it will open a window in your usual browser. Careful, you were reading the ebook in a .pdf reader, now you’re looking at a browser window that shows Soundcloud, where the audio is stored.
It’s natural to assume that something has gone wrong, but actually you should still have the .pdf open. It’s just that your device is now showing you the browser instead.
You need to leave the audio playing and locate the .pdf icon on your toolbar. Cick it to restore the page you were viewing. Or just minimise the browser window, so you should once again be looking at the .pdf viewer.
On a computer this is easy. I don’t have an Apple tablet or phone, and I know there are differences. But even with Apple’s infernal devices, it should be perfectly possible to listen to an audio stream from your browser while reading a .pdf document, now you know that that’s what you want to do.
Printing the document is another solution, of course. And it’s handy for annotating. But bad for trees.

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