Today we publish a new ‘easy Italian reader’ ebook, part of our growing Literature Series, which you may remember us launching last spring, often together with a ‘book club’.
This time it’s Boccaccio’s ‘Decameron‘, the level is intermediate/upper-intermediate, and for the first seven days our simplified, shortened ‘easy reader’ version will set you back just £5.99!
Sorry but no ‘book club’ this time… The original text of this one is way too long for me to tackle right now, as I have less time (and motivation) than I did during last year’s lockdown. If any club members would like to peruse the original, the text is available free online, for example from here.
Why, I can hear you asking yourself, should you pay £5.99 for a much shorter, simpler version of something you can download for free?
You got it! It’s because our Italian teacher/ebook writer, Michela Guida, has done the heavy-lifting for you and picked out eight stories she thinks you’ll enjoy (out of a hundred), which will give you an idea of the work as a whole, and which are interesting enough to motivate you to read them.
What’s more, Stefi, our audio expert, has recorded the whole thing, so you can listen as you read, or just listen (the audio for the entire story is available free online, no purchase necessary. You’ll find a link to it in the free sample chapter – see below.)
What’s it about then? Will you like it? How do you get it??
Below you’ll find the blurb, freshly copied and pasted from our online shop!
Iniziato nel 1348 all’indomani della peste, il Decameron è una raccolta di cento novelle, scritte con un linguaggio che fa del Boccaccio il vero iniziatore della prosa narrativa italiana. Le novelle sono di diversa lunghezza, narrano avventure straordinarie ma anche fatti quotidiani…
… and some of them made me laugh out loud! Picture an Italian ‘The Canterbury Tales’ and you’ll have a good idea what to expect. Our Italian-teacher writer has selected just eight of the tales for us, and rewritten them in modern Italian. Thirty pages of text and approximately forty minutes of online audio, which together offer an entertaining insight into fourteenth century Florence, and the origins of Italian literature.
- .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’, usually immediately after your payment clears, a download link will be automatically emailed to you. Open all of the emails you get from our online shop and look for it! The download link is valid for 7 days and 3 download attempts so please save a copy of the .pdf ebook in a safe place once you have downloaded your copy. Other versions of the ebook (.mobi/Kindle-compatible, .epub) cannot be downloaded but will be emailed to people who request them.
As always with new publications, ‘Decameron‘ is 25% off the usual easy reader price (so just £5.99) for the next seven days. From next Monday onwards, it’ll sell for the usual ebook easy reader price of £7.99.
Check out the free sample chapter (.pdf) to get an idea of the level, length and format of this ebook, and so decide whether it will be suitable for you at your current level in Italian. This one isn’t really suitable for beginners or for anyone with shaky reading skills, as you can verify for yourself if you click the above link and read/listen to the introduction and to the first of the eight stories.
If it’s too hard, or too easy, why not select something more appropriate from our Catalog page instead? You’ll find there all of our ebook easy Italian readers, from the lowest level to the highest.
Saturday’s bulletin of ‘easy’ Italian news is waiting for you, if you haven’t already seen it.
It’s absolutely free to read and listen to.
As is subscribing, which means receiving three bulletins of ‘easy’ Italian news each week, directly to your email inbox.
That means you’ll have no excuse not to improve your Italian…