Visualize the scene – lots of irate people with heavy bags, everyone pushing and shoving, the din of a train arriving at platform one, announcements on the public address system detailing the inevitable delays, and when it’s finally your turn, the ticket clerk is almost inaudible behind a dirty perspex screen.
“Scusi, ma non ho sentito!” you yell over the row, and everyone stares at you.
“Straniero!” they’re thinking…
Got that scene in front of you?
Excellent, then when you’ve tried today’s dialogue, please don’t rush to e-mail me that there’s lots of background noise, that you can’t make out a word of the conversation and what the hell do I think I’m doing?
Our Italian teacher volunteers did this intentionally, they assure me.
They planned to record the dialogue in the high-ceilinged reception area of our Italian school, right at the moment when all the classes were emptying out and the students were gathering, ready to head to the bar for their mid-morning coffee.
I usually slam the door to my office at that point.
“But stations ARE noisy”, they told me. “It’ll be better that way!”
You can decide for yourself. Here’s the link you need to listen:
Who do you hate more? Amazon or Paypal?
Yesterday we had one of our occasional customer service issues involving a lady from Australia who apparently pressed the wrong button on her smartphone while trying to pay with Paypal.
It all got sorted out, but the experience put her off somewhat. She won’t be buying any more e-books, she says, as she hates using Paypal.
I quite understood – I’m no fan either. Those of us who sell through their platform face stiff fees on each transaction and benefit from zero support, despite earning them thousands each year.
That said, though, when I’m BUYING I use them quite happily, because I know they’ll back me up in case of fraud or a dispute with the seller.
So, pros and cons. Anyway, the reason I’m mentioning it is that we’re being wooed by Amazon, who suggests we add their ‘Pay with Amazon’ service to our online shop.
Instead you can ‘Pay with Amazon’, using your Amazon username and password to access the credit card you have previously stored on their secure server, all without leaving our site.
Sounds like a neat idea, at least for those of you who shop at Amazon. Personally, I’m boycotting them…
However there would be lots of technical issues to resolve – we’d need something called an SSL certificate (to certify our site is secure), plus there are loads of bureaucratic hoops to jump through, and technical stuff to do to set it all up.
So, the question is, Paypal or Amazon?
Would it be less hassle to pay with your Amazon account when buying from our online shop?
Or are you good with Paypal?
Or do you dislike both companies equally and so don’t have a preference?
Or (final option), are you just here for the free stuff and so really don’t care?
Comments on this would be welcome. A little feedback would help me decide whether it’s worth the time and trouble to add the Amazon option.
If you know how to leave a comment, go ahead and vote that way. Otherwise, email me your views.
‘Book of the Week’ offer reminder
Talking of buying stuff, don’t forget our ‘Book of the Week’ offer on the Italian easy reader e-book Cena con delitto.
It’s half price (€4.99 instead of €9.99) in our online shop until Sunday.
So, what did you think of Chapter 1? Good, huh?
P.S. If all goes smoothly, next week we’ll be publishing our first sci-fi easy Italian reader! Look out for that on Monday…