This week we have another half-price ‘eBook of the Week’ for you. It’s Rosa la cuoca disastrosa, the level is A1 (elementary), and for the next seven days it will cost you just £3.99, rather than the usual easy reader ebook price of £7.99.
The level – A1 – means that this text is INTENTIONALLY VERY SHORT and VERY EASY. This is not War and Peace.
Our objective with this type of material is that students with little or no experience of reading in Italian should progress through its eight chapters rapidly, easily complete it, and so gain some confidence doing something they may not have done before.
We hope that they will then move on to something slightly harder, so beginning to develop a habit of reading in and listening to Italian, which will, over time, strengthen and accelerate their learning.
Of course, if you’re not a beginner/elementary student, this is not for you. In which case, don’t bother writing to me to complain that it’s ridiculous to charge such a price for just a few hundred words. Instead, go choose something more meaty from our Catalog – the texts get harder and longer as you ascend through the level system, from A1 to C2. If you don’t believe me, check out the free sample chapters on our Catalog page. The one at the end of the list, La carriera – dietro le quinte del Palio di Siena, is dozens of times as long, much more complex, but costs just the same (or would do, if it was on offer…)
As always, potential buyers should please check out the free sample chapter (.pdf) to get an idea of the level, length and format of the material BEFORE you buy it. The online audio, for the entire story, is linked to from the free sample chapter (.pdf). No purchase is necessary to listen to it, all the way through, for free!
So what’s the story about? Here’s the description from our online shop’s product page:
Rosa is a good mother and an excellent grandmother… but an awful cook! When Valeria, Rosa’s health-conscious daughter, has a domestic emergency, Rosa is left to prepare lunch for her two grandchildren…
Customer reviews are here, if you’re interested. There haven’t been any bad ones (yet…)
Buy Rosa la cuoca disastrosa, just £3.99 | Free sample chapter (.pdf) | Catalog
N.b. For anyone who’s studying another European language as well as Italian, we have half-price versions of this story in German, Spanish and French, too.
A mercoledì, allora.
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