Today’s new Italian dialogue with transcript is Contesti sociali, invitare qualcuno, which in English would be ‘inviting someone in a social situation’.
I have to apologise for the echo on the audio, but it’s otherwise good practice. Listening to and reading the conversations should just take you a few minutes, so do try to fit it into your day!
Usually I suggest listening to the audio first without the transcript, then listening again but this time with the support of the text, and finally reading and making notes of any unknown words that you were unable to guess.
That’s the approach that will help you maximize the improvement in your listening skills.
But it’s not the only way you could exploit this material.
Another option is to begin with the audio and transcript together, then give the transcript a read through at your own pace without the audio playing, so having more time to ponder any parts you didn’t get the first time. Finally, you listen again, though this time without the text.
This way would be better if you lack confidence in your ability to understand spoken Italian.
It’s up to you which approach you choose. It depends on what your objectives and priorities are…
Anyway, click here to listen to the new conversation: Contesti sociali, invitare qualcuno
Or find it on our Italian Conversations homepage, along with the previous forty-eight dialogues in the series!
Don’t forget your meatballs!
If you were paying attention on Monday, you’ll already know that this week we’ve published a new Italian easy reader e-book, ‘Segreti e polpette‘ (Secrets And Meatballs).
It was written by the multi-talented Emanuele Stefanori and Michela Guida, who also teach online Italian lessons for our club members.
The ‘easy reader’ tells the story of a family restaurant, and of what happens when they get the chance to win an important gastronomic award.
We have a free sample chapter, so you can get the idea of it. The sample chapter file is a .pdf, so readable on any computer, tablet or smartphone. You don’t need an e-book reader to view it.
The file linked to above includes the text for chapter one, a brief glossary and a simple exercise. There’s also a link to the recording of the whole story, which is available free online.
It’s also printable, if you prefer reading things on paper.
This week only, ‘Segreti e polpette‘ is on offer at the special ‘launch’ price of just €7.50.
For that, you get eight chapters of text, eight exercises (plus solutions), eight glossaries of difficult words for the level, and, of course, the online audio for the whole story, which you can listen to as often as you like.
And any revenues from the e-book, once we’ve paid Emanuele and Michela for writing it, will go towards producing free new online materials.
So it’s a win-win situation!