Buondì. This morning we published a new Italian easy reader ebook, I racconti di Canterbury, the first in a series of simplified versions of world literature classics. And to celebrate, we’ve also discounted our six Italian literature easy readers! Improve your Italian reading and listening skills with these B2/C1-level stories from ‘I racconti di Canterbury’ […]
Archives for January 2022
Learn ‘in series’ or ‘in parallel’?
Buondì. A vague memory from physics lessons at school forty years ago… Batteries, which are now a hot topic again due to electric vehicles and the like, can, if you have more than one of them, be wired ‘in series’ or ‘in parallel’. Which basically means (I think) that if your electric torch or portable […]
What if everyone else in the class is better than you??
Buondì. Yesterday evening I taught my Tuesday night English class, level B1/B2, which means that the students are intermediate-ish and that, during the course of the academic year – assuming they stick with it and that I make appropriate choices for them – they’ll be transitioning towards upper-intermediate. That process involves strengthening and practising what […]
Half-Price A1/2 eBook of the Week: ‘Cena con delitto’ £3.99!
Buondì. I’m keeping it short this Monday, as I have work backed up from the weekend (and before…) So today we have the year’s first, half-price ‘eBook of the Week’. There’ll be thirteen, and because most of what we’ve published lately has been higher level, I’m starting with something easy, hoping to tempt those who […]
“Did you see? Did you see? A BABY!”
Buondì. In Wednesday’s rant, I argued that pretty Italy is a country of and for the old. That is to say, in terms of opportunity for betterment, it’s a wasteland. Italy is a country which the young (even if wealthy) are best advised to leave behind, in search of better prospects elsewhere. All this, of […]
“Hard to believe…”
Buondì. ‘La diaspora italiana – Italiani in Scozia‘ is selling well (details below), so many thanks to everyone who has bought a copy. Someone commented on Monday’s article: It’s hard to believe anyone would leave Italy for Scotland, much less be willing to fight for territory in the Highlands! Nah… not hard to believe at […]
New ‘easy reader’: La diaspora italiana – Italiani in Scozia
Buondì. This morning we published a new easy reader ebook, ‘La diaspora italiana – Italiani in Scozia’, which is part of a new series – on the Italian diaspora, obviously. But what’s a ‘diaspora’, when it’s at home? A ‘diaspora’ is a population that lives somewhere different from their original home, or that of their […]
The Google Maps of language learning!
Buondì. Riding my motorbike across the city at seven a.m. this morning, heading to the city’s main hospital to get my blood tested, I was reflecting on how old-fashioned I am about the way I navigate. If I have to go somewhere I haven’t been before, I’ll look at a map, ideally an actual map […]
Seven episodes of ‘Breaking Bad’ with no subtitles!
Buondì. Yesterday was my first day back, teaching English classes, week eleven of our English school’s thirty-week academic year. It being Tuesday, my two-hour evening class was the B1/B2 (intermediate/upper-intermediate) level. That group is three adults in their forties. Educated, professional people who never quite got to grips with English at school, or subsequently, but […]
‘Nattens nyheter’ and other profitable habits
Buondì. I have the Swedish public broadcaster’s news app on my smartphone and, at some point very early in the morning before I’ve opened my eyes, it sends a notification. It’s something like ‘Läs nattens nyheter’, plus a link to the relevant page in the app. ‘Read the night’s news’ it invites me, and so […]