Yesterday our club website got its highest ever number of page views, a fraction under ten thousand.
A typical visitor looks at 5 pages, so that means that around two thousand of you came through the doors yesterday.
No wonder things felt busy – we’re still clearing up the trash!
The most-viewed pages were those covering beginner-level grammar, which is kind of predictable.
“For many are called, but few are chosen.”
Hence I thought that today I’d highlight another of our old listenings (now with a NEW task!)
This one is IDEAL for anyone just starting out, but useful listening practice for us all.
It covers those two essential irregular verbs, ‘essere’ and ‘avere’.
Below is the link, along with others.
The ‘Listening index’ link has lots more listenings, while the ‘Grammar index’ should cover ‘most everything you wanted to know about Italian grammar (but were afraid to ask…)
By the way, the background noise on the ‘essere and avere’ listening is Rodolfo doing the vacuuming…
Don’t forget to book your FREE TRIAL online Italian lesson!
Plenty of you have already signed up, but many, many more of you are still sitting on the fence thinking “Oh dear, could this really work for me?”
Beh, that’s the point of a trial. To see if it could.
Plus, it’s free…
Here are the details again:
- This offer is for new or ‘returning’ students only
- You get a free, 30-minute lesson via Skype with one of our online Italian teachers
- No credit card details or payment information are asked for
- The FREE TRIAL LESSON offer ends on Sunday night
N.B. You don’t have to actually DO the lesson this week, just book it.
Once we have your booking, our teaching manager, Lucia, will be in touch to find out when you’d like to do your free lesson.
She’ll put you in touch with a teacher, you take your lesson, and that’s it!
There’s absolutely no obligation to continue, but if you choose to, Lucia will send you a special ‘Welcome new student’ discount code, so you can get yourself some lesson credits from our shop at a special rate…
Oh, and one final thing?
Because of the ‘Free Trial Online Lesson’ offer, I’m not making a big thing of this.
But for anyone who’s into parallel texts and/or saving money, don’t forget also that we have six new Italian-English parallel text ebooks, this week at half the ‘normal’ price!
Parallel text means you get the orginal Italian text plus an English translation.
These are all around intermediate level, which means longer, meatier chapters.
Find brief descriptions and links below.
So, which should you buy?
Download all six FREE sample chapters!
They’re there so you can check that the level is suitable for you.
Read the first chapters and just see if any of them grabs you…
If so, head over to our online shop to get the other seven chapters and get reading!
Each parallel text ebook is just £3.99 this week (thereafter, £7.99…)
Italian/English Parallel Text: Il campo di papaveri (A2/B1)
A young artist, who can’t pay his rent, offers to paint his landlord’s flat instead. But guess who the landlord’s daughter turns out to be?
Italian/English Parallel Text: Vivaldi e la chiesa della Salute (B1)
A misty Sunday morning in Venice, 1703, and there goes Sig. Vivaldi, part-time violinist and composer, hurrying off to his day job taking mass in one of the city’s famous churches…
Italian/English Parallel Text: Colombo e il mare oceano (B1/B2)
September 1492, Atlantic Ocean: Christopher Columbus is wrestling with his fear of failure and ruin. After months at sea, there’s still no sign of land. Captains and crew are growing desperate!
Italian/English Parallel Text: Segreti e polpette (B1/B2)
Meet the Agnolottis: father, mother, son and daughter, who together run “Da Ettore”, a trattoria in a small Italian town. The restaurant has been in the family for generations, and everyone pulls together to make it a success! But when the chance comes to win an important gastronomic award, the pressure starts to mount…
Italian/English Parallel Text: Un furto ad arte (B1/B2)
Rome, mid-summer, and the temperature outside is so high that sensible people stay at home with the shutters closed and the air-conditioning at maximum. So a private detective is surprised when he receives a phone call from the son of one of the city’s great families. Will he agree to investigate the theft of a famous painting?
Italian/English Parallel Text: Un giorno con Raffaello (B1/B2)
Who hasn’t now heard of Raffaello, one of the most famous Italian painters? But he wasn’t always so well-known…