You’ll excuse me if I keep this short-ish, and rather commercial in content.
I’m writing, wrapped in a duvet, on a chilly Sunday morning in Glasgow, Scotland, with the expectation that, having hopefully passed the Day 2 lateral flow Covid test, which I’ll be poking up my nose later today, tomorrow, that is to say today for you guys, I’ll be wending my way back, via Edinburgh airport, to Bologna, Italy.
And so be away from the computer for entire hours at a time!
Which means that, should you need help with a customer service issue (last week’s classic: someone replied to the email sent by our shop containing their ebook download link, asking when, oh when, would they finally receive their ebook download link, and would we please get our act together to send it, as they’d waited three weeks already?), or just fancy moaning about how important grammar is and how I should be ashamed of myself from discouraging people from obsessing over it, well, please be patient.
Anyway, as previously mentioned, we have another new Italian ‘easy reader’ ebook this week, the second out of a bulge of four which got stuck in the pipeline during the pandemic, and which I’m now rushing out before things get busy at Christmas/New Year.
Last week there was Il calendario di Laura – many thanks to everyone who bought a copy!
The level of that was A2/B1 and the content was ‘giorni festivi’, which obviously chimed with people. Who doesn’t love a public holiday?
This morning, cioè tomorrow for me, it’s Ti racconto la mia giornata, which is aimed lower, at A2.
The title means someting like ‘Let me tell you about my day’, and the idea is to help students consolidate the present tense by reading and listening to it (Laura had a greater range of structures…)
Do check out the Free Sample Chapter (.pdf) before you consider buying a copy, won’t you?
Verify that the level is appropriate for you, that you’re happy with the length and format, and that you know how to make it work on your device.
I’ve just got myself a used iPhone 8 (for work purposes only), and I can see straight off what I already knew from years of customer service hassles – Apple products don’t make it easy to download, store and access .pdfs (unless you know how…), nor to listen to the audio while reading an ebook.
So do also try the audio, assuming you know how, which I, as yet, don’t. There’s a link at the top of Chapter 1 in the Free Sample Chapter (.pdf), and the recording for the entire text is available free online. If you’re just in the mood for 22 minutes of free listening practice, prego!
When I’ve figured out the infernal device, I’ll be updating the shop’s FAQ with instructions on how Apple-dependent club members should go about basic tasks like saving things from links and doing two things at the same time (chew gum and walk, reading/listening to an ebook…) If anyone would like to email instructions, feel free – it would expedite that happening.
What’s Ti racconto la mia giornata all about, then?
Italian Easy-Reader Ebook
‘Tell us about your typical day’ is a classic classroom activity for practising the present, describing routines, likes and dislikes, and so on. So here, nine people do!
Read/listen to a nurse, a DJ, a tour guide, a carer, and five more, relating a day from their lives, from the vital issue of what they have for breakfast, to their jobs, their families and friends, and how they relax.
Once you’ve done all nine, test how much you’ve understood (and hopefully learnt!) using the exercises in the final section.
- .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
- 9 chapters to read and listen to
- 9 exercises at the end of the ebook, to check your understanding
- Italian/English glossaries of ‘difficult’ terms for the level
- Suitable for students at elementary level and above
- Download your Free Sample Chapter (.pdf)
How do I access my ebook?
When your order is ‘completed’ (normally immediately after your payment is confirmed), 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.
Nearly forgot – as usual, there’s a 25% discount this first week, so you’ll pay just £5.99. From Nov. 22nd, it’ll cost £7.99.
Buy Ti racconto la mia giornata | Free Sample Chapter (.pdf) | Catalog
A mercoledì, allora!
I’d like to give you some positive feedback: I wanted to check out the audio of the previous easy reader book, with Laura, and I couldn’t find the link. But in the newsletter above, you provided directions, so I’m off to listen to Laura and learn about Italian holidays now! (While looking forward to my first Italian lesson with one of your teachers. It’s a good week for my Italian, thanks to you!)
Thanks for that, Mayken. Actually, people email me with that question all the time, and I always reply, but it’s rare that anyone bothers to thank me!