Benvenuti, new OnlineItalianClub.com members (and ‘Ciao’ to all our old friends.)
It’s good to see so many people interested in learning Italian, and from countries all around the world, too.
The cockles of my heart are warmed each time my smart phone pings to let me know someone new has joined our club!
So welcome, or welcome back!
For those of you who are new around here, we’re currently working on a series of ‘grammar listenings’, the idea being to learn (or review) different aspects of Italian grammar, one at a time, by listening to and reading a text which focuses on just that one thing.
Between now and Christmas/New Year, we’re publishing (and mailing out links to) new such materials three times a week – normally on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.
So, here’s today’s text, which is a really easy one on definite articles. Click here to see the page.
Usually I suggest you listen a couple of times WITHOUT reading the transcript first – that will help your listening skills. Then listen WITH the transcript, to concentrate on the grammar and on any new words.
If you need explanations of the day’s grammar, you can find an index of ‘lessons’ here.
And there’s an index of practice exercises here.
Don’t worry about keeping in order the e-mails we send, either.
To make it easy for you, all the grammar listenings find a permanent home on our website in the Free Italian Exercises section.
So you can come back, again and again!
Got all that?
So, time to improve your Italian, then! Do today’s grammar listening.
That’s another thing I should mention, which is that there’s always a P.S. to these messages.
Usually, that’ll be me trying to sell something.
It’s a cunning plan to make me rich.
Nah, actually, this site (over 1200 pages of free content) is entirely funded by revenues from e-books and online Italian lessons, which are reinvested in creating new materials for anyone to use.
One of our aims is to create work for young Italian teachers – youth unemployment in Italy is currently over 40%, so it seems like a good opportunity to build something fantastic, while helping people out.
We’re not entirely altruistic, of course – our day job is running an actual, real-life, Italian language school in Bologna, Italy, so you will see the occasional advert around the place…
But hey, if you hate the thought of your in-box being filled up with me promoting useful things for learning Italian, along with the free materials, I quite understand.
What you have to do is search out the unsubscribe link which is included in every e-mail I send, usually at the top or bottom.
And click it, which’ll remove your name from the mailing list, so you’ll be bothered no more.
If, on the other hand, the idea of being part of the best free resource for learning Italian on the Internet, and helping it grow by purchasing useful and innovative materials, appeals to you… go visit our shop.