There’s a project I’ve had in my head for ages now. I even hired someone to take it forward, but sadly, she quit. So, now it’s just us.
Anyway, I’ve been working on this a bit in my free time of late and I’ve made enough progress to know that this is not going to make me any money at all.
And certainly not enough to pay a graphic designer.
What are we talking about?
Did the cover myself. What do you think??
Here’s a cut and paste from the intro which should explain what it’s all about:
How (and why) to use this simplified book
Though I’m a professional language teacher, I have to admit to being a terrible student. I have little patience, and lose interest quickly.
Therefore, I never took an Italian course, thinking that it would be a waste of time and money.
Instead, I learnt Italian by reading detective fiction, “gialli” (detective novels have yellow covers in Italy), which I used to buy from the newsagents.
But of course I didn’t just pick up a novel and start reading, understanding everything (though if you already know Spanish or French, you probably could do, and get the general idea.)
I began with simplified books, which were specially produced for learners and had a limited number of words and grammar structures.
Usually there was a cassette tape of the story to listen to (this was a long time ago), so I listened to the story first, following the text with my finger. That helped me get the general idea of what the story was all about, and ensured I got through to the end of the story pretty quickly before I lost interest.
Then, maybe another day, I would re-read the text more slowly, trying to understand it better.
I’d always try NOT to use a dictionary. I found that really slowed me down, and I figured my objective was to create a habit of reading, rather than to learn the thousands of words I didn’t know.
Finally, when I was ready, I would listen again, often several times. With, and later without, the text.
And when I was bored, I went back to the bookshop to look for another one. Maybe a level up.
15 years later, I’m proud to be publishing our first simplified book. It’s a project I really believe in, and I hope that you’ll find that reading this story will help you develop the confidence to read in Italian, as it did for me.
The truth is that if you read in Italian because you are interested in the content, and if you can make a habit of reading in Italian, you’ll find the grammar and vocabulary of the languages will come naturally to you.
Understanding the exact use of grammar and vocabulary has a lot to do with context. And reading provides context, lots of it.
It’s also a lot less boring that poring over your grammar boook
Got the idea?
So, here I have the “bozza” (draft) of the book. Probably I could finish it off in a few hours and stick it in the shop.
But it’s not really ready. And I’m not sure exactly what it needs to finish it, or anyway, if anyone is really interested.
So, here’s the deal.
If you think simplified books are a great idea and would like to help on this project, just e-mail me, and I’ll send you the “bozza”, completely free of charge. Take a week or so, however long you need, and give me some feedback/suggestions/criticisms…
This is my first simplified book publishing project and I could really use some help.
Poi, “Il fu Mattia” is a good story, and you might enjoy a break from the grammar books.
So e-mail me. The first 10 responders get to be honorary members of the editorial team!!
Buon fine settimana.