Hope you had a nice weekend!
A quick one day, as I’ve been busy publishing our new ‘easy reader’ ebook, part of the Opera series, which we began in the fall.
This time it’s Aida, level B1, and it’s reduced 25% from the usual ebook price, so just £5.99 until Sunday 29th January 2023.
It’s intended to be good reading/listening practice for anyone at or around intermediate level, but is also supposed to prepare you to watch the actual opera, in the orignal.
With our previous opera easy readers, I’ve found time to watch the opera online before promoting the ebook here and elsewhere, but this time, that didn’t happen.
In part because it’s January, in part because I couldn’t find a Youtube version that I liked enough to spend two hours on (I’m not wildly keen on ancient-Egypt costume extravaganzas…), and in part because last week was crazy.
The version I did find, but only got a few minutes into, is here: https://youtu.be/3KnL8mm8tcM
If any club member finds something better (has to be free, has to have Italian subtitles), do let me know and I can publicise it on Wednesday or Friday. And maybe make a second attempt myself, when Roomie’s in bed.
A mercoledì, allora.
An original Italian easy reader by Francesca Colombo
Giuseppe Verdi’s musical exploration of love, jealousy, patriotism and divided-loyalties is here simplifed for learners of Italian (with quotes from the actual libretto!)
Aida, daughter of Amonasro, King of Ethiopia, was captured and is now slave to the Egyptian princess, Amneris, who is unaware of her true identity. Both women are princesses, and both have feelings for handsome soldier Radamès. When Aida’s father leads an Ethiopian military expedition against Egypt, Radames takes command of the defence…
Written to celebrate the opening of the Suez canal, Aida was first performed in 1871 and has been a favorite of opera goers ever since!
Why not begin with our ‘easy reader’ ebook before seeking out a recording of the opera on Youtube? It’ll help! Or just use this original Italian reading/listening practice material to add a little variety to your study program.
- .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
- 7 chapters (based on the act structure of the opera) to read and listen to
- Comprehension questions to check your understanding
- Italian/English glossary of ‘difficult’ terms for the level
- Suitable for students at pre-intermediate level or above
- Download your Free Sample Chapter (.pdf)
This being the first week, Aida 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 and that the format works on the device you intend to use it on.
How do I access my ebook?
When your order is ‘completed’ (normally, immediately after your payment), 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.
Have you read/listened to Saturday’s bulletin of ‘easy’ Italian news? It’s FREE!
I confess, I haven’t. But I plan to, today!