As soon as I pressed ‘play’ on today’s free Italian listening comprehension task, I was like “OMG Stefi! What have you done?”
My wife recorded the interview at our school, a historic building with high arched ceilings.
Being covered in affreschi they’re very pretty, but they do rather reflect sound waves.
Beh, you can hear the effect for yourself by clicking here and looking for the Soundcloud plugin which powers the audio.
If you plan to be spending any time having Italian conversations in a really echoey tunnel, it’ll be great preparation!
That said, do persist – there’s a transcript to help you, the interviewee speaks very naturally, and overall the material is interesting and useful.
Here’s that link again: Hai mai…? (2).
By the way, the previous ‘Hai mai…?’ is on our ‘New’ page, along with the others in this series.
And the questions Stefi is asking can be found here.
Conversation prompts on other topics are here.
‘Book of the Week’ reminder
‘Un furto ad arte‘ is a private detective story, and quite an entertaining one at that.
Rome, mid-summer, and the temperature outside is so high that sensible people stay at home with the shutters closed and the air-conditioning at maximum. So a private detective is surprised when he receives a phone call from the son of one of the city’s great families. Will he agree to investigate the theft of a famous painting?
There’s a free sample chapter (.pdf) so you can get an idea if the level is right for you.
If not, go pick out something more suitable from our catalogue page.
There are free sample chapters for everything, so you’ll be sure to find SOMETHING to spice up your study program.
Remember, until the end of the week Un furto ad arte is just £3.99 instead of the usual £7.99.
- .pdf e-book (+ audio available free online at soundcloud.com)
- 7 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
- Normal price £7.99, this week just £3.99!
- Your e-book will be emailed to you within 24 hours of your purchase
And as I mentioned on Monday, there’s also a French version, which is set in Paris rather than Rome: Un délit artificiel