In the month or so since I became a poet (see the P.P.S for my latest effort), no one has yet asked me for my autograph.
A problem that Golden-Globe winning, Academy-Award nominee Johnny Depp doesn’t have.
On the cover of this week’s half-price Book of the Week!
Would you sign this please?
It’s for my girlfriend.
Caccia all’autografo (Autograph Hunt) is the story of university student Alberto who, having passed the last exam of the academic year, flies home to Sicily to visit his grandfather.
But ‘nonno’ soon realizes that something is troubling the lad…
This ‘easy Italian reader’ is B1 (intermediate) level and normally sells for £7.99.
Get it this week, though, and you’ll have orginal material for improving your Italian for just £3.99!
Check the FREE SAMPLE CHAPTER (.pdf) before you buy to ensure that:
1.) It opens on the device you want to use it on
2.) You can play the online audio (there’s a link at the top of Chapter 1)
3.) The level is OK for you
4.) The length of the chapters, numbers of chapters, number of pages, etc. seem like reasonable value for the price (if not, don’t buy it)
That said you could skip the ‘Book of the Week’ offer and just buy the multipack, at B1 or another level.
That way you’ll get three titles at your chosen level for the price of two and save even more £££.
Or pick out titles that interest you from our Catalog, which also has links to each and every free sample chapter.
When you see Johnny, say ‘Ciao’ from me!
Don’t forget to read/listen to Saturday’s edition, will you?
And there’ll be another bulletin tomorrow (Tuesday) morning, Italian time.
And another on Thursday, and so on
Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday…
Get into the habit of listening to / reading each edition, twice or ideally three times (here’s how), scroll forward six months or so, and WOW!
You’ll feel much more confident listening to and reading Italian!
Which is the point – create the habit, maintain it for long enough, the results will come.
Just like smoking and lung cancer, really.
One ciggy won’t kill you. But if lighting up is the first thing you do each morning, sooner or later you’ll see an effect on your health.
Create positive habits, expect positive results.
Now I’m off to wash yesterday evening’s dishes while listening to the news in Swedish.
See? I practice what I preach.
Today it’s raining where I live in Italy, and probably will do all day.
Rain’s infrequent here in Bologna.
But when it does come, it’s persistent.
Like that aunt you can’t stand who only visits occasionally but then won’t leave.
But Saturday the weather was… perfect!
No, not perfect, better than that.
Umm.. ideal, heavenly, wonderful, pristine?
In the end, I gave up searching for the right adjectives and decided to try and describe the moment WITHOUT any.
Just for fun.
Hope it gives you the idea of what you missed.
Late April afternoon
Within a few steps from home it’s clear
no adjective could do this weather justice
the sky a school parking lot on a Sunday afternoon
its colour the sea in holiday brochures
the light such that no detail’s missed
shade under the trees I pass forming pools
to splash through or plunge into
Shaking off water like a dog
I wonder whether to dress
or walk on like this
the sun warming skin
blanched by winter