This morning we published a new easy reader ebook, ‘La diaspora italiana – Italiani in Scozia’, which is part of a new series – on the Italian diaspora, obviously.
But what’s a ‘diaspora’, when it’s at home?
A ‘diaspora’ is a population that lives somewhere different from their original home, or that of their forebears. Since the late nineteenth century, millions of Italians have emigrated in search of better prospects. By 1980 it was estimated that twenty-five million Italians had made their home outside of Italy, in countries all over the world…
We have four of these so far, and will be publishing the other three between now and the summer. After Scotland, we have Spain (of all places), then Australia and the USA, which are much more obvious choices but have been delayed because I haven’t found time to look for the cover images.
In addition we also have a five-part series of easy readers, the extended story of members of an Italian family who cross the ocean to the United States of America in hope of a better future. So look out for those soon, too!
But anyway, back to Scozia, where by concidence one of my own Italian daughters has made her home for the last few years, while studying at a Scottish university. She shares her appartment with a girl from France and another from the USA – so very cosmopolitan. They all seem to be thriving in Glasgow, though. Which reminds me, the ebook!
From the Roman empire to the European Union, find out more about the Italians who made their homes in a land which couldn’t be more different from their own. A place of great natural beauty, though with a challenging climate and strange food, a destination that offered them the economic opportunities and stability not found at home, amongst a local population who were welcoming, if at first difficult to communicate with due to the sometimes incomprehensible local accent – Scotland!
This being the first week, ‘La diaspora italiana – Italiani in Scozia‘ is 25% discounted, so just £5.99 rather than the usual ‘easy reader’ ebook price of £7.99.
Do check out the FREE sample chapter (.pdf) before you buy a copy, though. That way, you’ll know whether the level is suitable (you’d need to be at least intermediate and a confident reader to tackle a B2/C1 text.) Also that the format works on the device you intend to use it on.
N.b. the audio for the entire text is available free online, as virtually all of our audios are. Find it by clicking the link in the sample chapter, or from the Catalog. Listen to the whole thing, why not, and it won’t cost you a cent (though having the text, too, is a help!)
- .pdf e-book (+ audio available free online)
- .mobi (Kindle-compatible) and .epub (other ebook readers) available on request at no extra charge – just add a note to the order form or email us
- 8 chapters to read and listen to
- Comprehension questions to check your understanding
- Italian/English glossary of ‘difficult’ terms for the level
- Suitable for students at intermediate level or above
- Download your Free Sample Chapter (.pdf)
How do I access my ebook?
When your order is ‘completed’ (normally immediately after your payment is processed), a download link will be automatically emailed to you. It’s valid for 7 days and 3 download attempts so please save a copy of the .pdf ebook in a safe place. Other versions of the ebook (.mobi/Kindle-compatible, .epub) cannot be downloaded but will be emailed to people who request them.
And don’t forget Saturday’s bulletin of ‘easy’ Italian news, will you?
It’s totally free, both to read and listen to!
A mercoledì, allora.