I’ll be brief today, as recent comments have accused me of rambling (but in a nice way, apparently…)
Also, because I’m short on time, having spent most of the morning reading and listening to a new, super-advanced level easy reader ebook, more about which in a moment.
First, though: girls!
But as in young female children, rather than as in ‘ragazze’, which are the more mature sort.
Today’s new material is La bambina (The Girl).
Listen to it, hear the singular and plural forms, note how the adjectives change accordingly, and learn a few expressions which include the word.
It’s new and free, so what’s to lose?
If you missed the previous eight nouns in this series, you’ll find them here.
There’s one more coming, then some verbs.
Roberto, one of our regular authors, has walked part of the famous ‘Via Francigena’, the pilgrim route from the French/Italian border down to Rome, where he lives and teaches Italian (to diplomats and the like).
This C2-level ebook, without doubt the hardest and longest I’ve ever published, describes his adventures on the second part of the route, from Lucca in Tuscany down to Rome.
It’s about three hundred kilometers and so took him twenty days to complete.
If you have the level for it, on Monday the complete ebook will be in our online shop at a special launch price of just £5.99.
Which isn’t bad for fifty or so pages of specially-written material, an original text and dozens of exercises.
I know a lot of club members, who may have been beginners years back when we started out, now find the A and B -level materials too easy.
Ragazzi, this is for you!
Get a taste by downloading the free sample chapter (.pdf).
The audio for the ENTIRE ebook is already available FREE online.
So if you have a couple of hours to spare, and pretty good listening comprehension skills, here’s the link:
And I want no complaints that it’s too fast, please.
It’s clearly stated on the cover that it’s C2, the top level.
So of COURSE it’s fast!
Want to be able to understand this?
Move to Italy for twenty years, as I did.
Or, be much cleverer than I was and do it in a tenth of that time, or less.
It’s just a question of studying, which I avoided…
And just work your way up, gradually, day after day, month after month.
With time and patience, you’ll get there. A year or two, max.
That’s the approach I’m using with my Swedish, anyway.
Start with the simplest materials, practice every day, and increase the speed and complexity as and when I’m ready and can find suitable stuff to listen to.
Which is hard for me, as no one much studies Swedish, but not a problem for you.
A lunedì, allora.
Buon fine settimana!