Hope you had a pleasant weekend. And studied a lot, of course!
We had an electricity blackout on Sunday morning, which was great as it meant no internet and no computer.
So I got out my Swedish course book, propped myself under a window that had some daylight coming through it, and read through the final units of the A2-level material.
This was in preparation for starting the B1 material. Soon, when I have a moment, well sometime at least…
It’s satisfying to know that I have A2 under my belt, exam passed, done and dusted!
OK, so I skipped most of the grammar, but hey, each to his own, right?
More news from the study front – I’m getting used to the new ‘not reading English-language media’, regime.
After just a week or so, I’m back in the habit of reading only in the languages I’m studying, which is cheering, as it can be hard work to break with old routines and get new ones established.
And it’s very romantic!
Here’s the blurb which would be on the back cover, if it had one:
Valeria has been single for months now. She meets men but after going out a few times they seem reluctant to commit, or even return her messages! She wonders whether the dating app, Tinder, might be worth a try?
Michele spends his Saturday evenings alone, playing computer games. If only he wasn’t so shy, he’d meet more people. And then, maybe find a girlfriend? Perhaps the solution is online…
Valeria, Michele e le maschere is a B2 level story, but should be suitable for anyone with an intermediate level or above. Or even less, if you’re a confident reader.
There’s a free sample chapter (.pdf) that you can download to check the complexity of the material. You’ll find the audio link at the top of Chapter 1.
Try listening and reading to the first chapter. If you get the general idea, then the level is good for you.
So there you go. As always with new publications it’s 25% off the usual easy reader ebook price – just £5.99.
OK, so that’s more than a half-price ‘Book of the Week’, but this one is NEW!
And costs less than the £7.99 that our other titles are priced at.
For your £5.99, you get eight short chapters, plus a brief glossary and a comprehension exercise for each.
Do a chapter a day, for example, and it’ll keep you going for over a week. Which personally I think offers good value.
But anyway, as I said, check out the free sample chapter (.pdf) to get a better idea.
Then, if the level is right for you, and if you’re keen to find out if Valeria and Michele hit it off, buy the full version from here:
N.b. When you buy, don’t look for a download link. I email the paid-for ebooks out manually, always within 24 hours of purchase. If you don’t see it in a few hours, check your spam.
Oh, and the £5.99 price ends on Sunday night sometime, after which Valeria, Michele e le maschere will sell for £7.99.
“Where are the three free exercises a week you promised?” asked someone the other day.
Well, there are three free editions of Easy Italian News to listen to each week.
I have a thing about the number three, you see.
Those are partially funded by kind people who gift money to help us cover the cost of paying the writers and editor.
And partially through revenues from ebook and online lesson sales, which is why I’m always trying to flog something.
If you’re looking for something to study that won’t cost a cent, listen to Saturday’s Easy Italian News first (there’ll be another on Tuesday morning…)
Then go check out the club website, where there are literally thousands of pages of exercises, listenings, grammar explanations and so on.
Information on what exactly is to be found on the ‘Start here‘ page.
Or, if you know your level already, begin from the ‘Levels and Level Test‘ page, which will take you right to it.
Buono studio allora, e buona lettura!