Yesterday I wrote about what beginners or near beginners should buy to boost their progress with Italian.
If you missed it, here’s the link: I’m a beginner (or nearly). What should I buy?
But hey, one day you’re a beginner, then time passes, and suddenly you’re not!
Like me with the Swedish.
Less than eighteen months ago, I was just starting out, with ‘Hej’ and ‘Jag heter Daniel. Vad heter du?’
Beginner? Con cavolo!
I’m a proud A2 (closing in on B1, I’d like to think.)
Then you’ll be wanting to hear what we have in our online shop for YOUR level, right?
Follow the links to download the free sample chapters for both of those.
In addition, though, I’d mention the next two levels of the Italian Workout! series.
Check out the free sample for each (the first quarter of the ebook) to get an idea of the contents and level of difficulty.
Some club members have worked through all five of these and find them very helpful…
Remember, the prices shown will be discounted by 20% if you use the coupon code at the end of this article:
E poi, there are the easy readers, my personal favorites!
The nine ‘normal’ stories linked to below should all be good for your level, though do verify that by listening/reading to the free sample chapters (the link for the online audio is usually at the top of Chapter 1).
I’ve left out the ones I didn’t like, so these should all be worth your time (and money – don’t forget the coupon code!)
Cielo libero (A2) £7.99 Download FREE sample (.pdf)
L’amore ai tempi del supermercato (A2) £7.99 Download FREE sample (.pdf)
La montagna (A2) £7.99 Download FREE sample (.pdf)
2 giugno 1946 (A2/B1) £7.99 Download FREE sample (.pdf)
Il campo di papaveri (A2/B1) £7.99 Download FREE sample (.pdf)
Missione Segreta (A2/B1) £7.99 Download FREE sample (.pdf)
Un viaggio nel tempo (A2/B1) Download FREE sample (.pdf)
Caccia all’autografo (B1) £7.99 Download FREE sample (.pdf)
Correre a tempo (B1) £7.99 Download FREE sample (.pdf)
Any one or two of these would help you feel more confident reading and listening to Italian.
But for the maximum benefit, work at creating a reading/listening habit.
Work through them gradually (from easiest to hardest, obviously) and within a month or two you’ll notice your skills improving.
At this level, movie fans can start with our ‘Book of the classic Italian film’ series.
People tell me they read/listen to our simplified version first, then find the original movie (sometimes free online) and watch that. This works well, apparently.
Here I’ve only included the ones I think you’ll like (so no Fellini!)
Il sorpasso (A2) £7.99 Download FREE sample (.pdf)
Ladri di biciclette (A2/B1) £7.99 Download FREE sample (.pdf)
Nuovo cinema paradiso (A2/B1) £7.99 Download FREE sample (.pdf)
Divorzio all’italiana (B1) £7.99 Download FREE sample (.pdf)
I soliti ignoti (B1) £7.99 Download FREE sample (.pdf)
Roma città aperta (B1) £7.99 Download FREE sample (.pdf)
Next, there are the Italian-English parallel texts, some of which are the same stories as in the ‘easy readers’ but with an English translation and no audio.
We seem to have fewer of these at this level, but if this sort of thing rings your bell, do take a look at the sample chapters.
Italian/English Parallel Text: Cielo libero (A2) £7.99 Download FREE sample (.pdf)
Italian/English Parallel Text: L’amore ai tempi del supermercato (A2) £7.99 Download FREE sample (.pdf)
Italian/English Parallel Text: La montagna (A2) £7.99 Download FREE sample (.pdf)
Italian/English Parallel Text: Il campo di papaveri (A2/B1) £7.99 Download FREE sample (.pdf)
And finally, what I said yesterday, about taking online lessons with a native speaker teacher?
It’s true at this level, too.
If you’re not already doing regular one-to-one speaking practice with a club teacher, it must be because:
- You’re taking a class or have some other way of getting regular speaking practice
- You are just TOO BUSY!
- You’re down to your last few dollars
If none of these things are true, then it could be that what’s stopping you from taking lessons is simply the fear of trying something new.
Which I totally understand.
I’m a teacher, and I can assure you that it’s even harder for teachers (giving up control and so on).
But I really, really recommend that you get past that.
The difference between wowing your friends and family members with your ‘fluent’ Italian and, um, not, is simply practice.
The more lessons, the better.
And yes, that costs, but if you only buy lesson credits when there’s an offer on (like now), it’s less.
Online Italian lessons: 1 x 30-minute lesson £20.00 (with the coupon code £16)
Online Italian lessons: 5 x 30-minute lessons £90.00 (with the coupon code £72)
Online Italian lessons:10 x 30-minute lessons £150.00 (with the coupon code £120)
That’s it for today.
Tomorrow we’ll review options for those of you who’ve been studying Italian a little longer and need a challenge…
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