Let’s start with today’s free listening comprehension exercise, which is about ‘Italians abroad’.
A lot of OnlineItalianClub.com members probably fall into the category of sons/daughters or descendants of Italian emmigrants, but there are also lots of modern-day Italians leaving the ‘bel paese’ to seek their fortune elsewhere.
Listen now to today’s advanced listening comprehension exercise.
If you find the material too challenging, don’t forget you can listen multiple times, also following the transcript at the bottom of the page.
And, of course, there are plenty of other listening tasks at other levels on our site. Follow this link to find materials which are right for your level.
Yesterday was not a success.
First, we had a software problem, so some of the more recent listenings on our site were offline and unavailable. My fault, I’m afraid.
Thanks so much to Donald, who wrote to tell me that something was up…
Then, by accident, I pressed a button which caused emails to be sent to clients who had purchased ebooks and/or online lessons as far back as 2013.
About 600 people.
I only realised what had happened when people started writing to me.
So, apologies to everyone who received mysterious emails relating to anything you bought in the past, and/or any ‘transactions’ which were left pending or were canceled.
Please be reassured: we have NOT been hacked, no data was compromised, this was just a case of human error – mine.
I am very sorry!
However, I would reiterate: all payment data is processed by Paypal, not by us.
We never see any of your payment information. Now Paypal are unpopular in many quarters – their systems can be unfriendly, they push people to create accounts, and they are expensive for retailers.
But their security is world class! The entire business model depends on processing and protecting payment data.
Their system is safe, and so is your credit card and/or Paypal account information.
Which means you can buy from our online shop in full confidence that whatever screw-ups might originate from me, it’s not going to cost you money.
Or at least, it’s not going to cost you more money than you intended spending, as Paypal also offers you plenty of guarantees.
For instance, if you’re not satisfied with your purchase, it’s entirely possible to get your money back under their buyer protection scheme.
Not that you’re likely to find that necessary, of course.
If, for example, someone doesn’t like our ebooks, they just write to tell me, and I action a refund for them myself.
Life’s easier that way.
That is… as long as I press the right button!
What’s coming up
Monday we should have the publication of our latest easy Italian reader, so watch out for the free sample chapter and special launch offer.
And next week we enter the final lap of our listenings series, with the C2, super-difficult material!
Something to look forward to, eh?