I’m still in Rimini, where both the sea and the sky are a deep blue.
Sadly, there’s little wind.
So sitting on the couch with my laptop is not such a sacrifice.
Today, I have yet another free Italian listening comprehension for you.
This one’s rather banal (Italians use that word all the time…)
But it’s short, the grammar focus is useful, and listening practice is always good.
Here’s the link:
This week is Ferragosto, which is the deadest part of the summer.
Away from the tourist centers, where shops have special permission to ignore laws on opening hours, a lot of Italy is ‘chiuso per ferie’.
Hence I have time to run another ‘Book of the Week’ offer.
The idea is to highlight an Italian easy reader we published a while back, which you may not, therefore, have seen.
Perhaps you missed it when it first came out.
Or maybe your level wasn’t up to it (but now it is!)
Could be worth a look, then, especially at 50% off!
Never heard of it?
Here’s what our reviewers thought:
Mary – March 21, 2017
Before my EasyReaders email I had never heard of Pasolini so I checked him out on Wikipedia and after about two seconds realised I had been missing out on a big chunk of Italian culture . I took a look at the film of “Accattone” and was disappointed to find I understood next to nothing, but the setting, atmosphere and main characters really left a strong impression.
Determined to understand more, I downloaded and started reading my EasyReader. It was so helpful. I found that, besides learning some interesting new vocabulary, I was also getting an impression of characters and scenes from the film.
I read the story a couple of times and then took another look at the film. I was amazed to find I had a good grasp of what was going on. The EasyReader had made the film much more accessible. It had introduced me to the characters and helped me to understand the plot.
I really enjoyed the whole cultural experience; EasyReader, EasyReader with audio, Accattone the film, and finding out about Pasolini.
Patricia Lenz – March 28, 2017
Accattone, as told by Giovanne Galavotti, is a wonderful and complex preview to the film as the story’s details completely describe the film’s action and mood.
After listening and reading, then watching the film on YouTube as Daniel suggested, I listened to the EasyReader narrative again and loved the way the film’s images played in my head while I listened…like the Bach playing through the film!
It was great: without the EasyReader, I wouldn’t have “gotten” this wonderful Pasolini film. The story really captured the sense of Accatone the film and character.
Interested to find out more?
Download a free sample chapter right here.
Read/listen to chapter 1 to see how you get on.
Then do as the reviewers did, and find the original movie on Youtube…
If the story grabs you, buy the complete version for just £3.99.
It can work as a stand-alone easy reader, or as you read above, as support for the film itself.
The offer’s good until Sunday night.