Imagine you were the king of an island, amongst other things.
Not just any island, though. This one has rich cities, sumptuous foods and wines, friendly people, and it’s very nicely positioned – your seaside getaway is in a strategic location, not too far off the coast from one of Europe’s most desirable metropolises, Naples.
Having pulled off the real estate deal-of-the-century, you’re naturally pretty chuffed.
Unfortunately you have a powerful northern neighbor, a scary Austrian emperor, who offers you a deal.
You swop your sunny island resort for my expanse of windswept hills and rocky inlets.
No really, you’ll love it there!
It’s the perfect place for raising sheep and goats. Being rather out of the way, no one will bother you there.
And it’s a much easier commute!
Why don’t you think it over?
And so, you find yourself trading Sicily for Sardegna, a place which is handy for not much other than fleeing to when your other scary northern neighbour, the King of France, makes a grab at your mainland territories.
(The previous 24 episodes in our Summer Series, and the complete Summer Series from 2020 and 2021, can be found on our History page.)
25% Off NEW Ebook Easy Reader – Italiani in Australia!
Also this week we have the final ‘easy reader’ ebook in our ‘Italian Diaspora’ series, La diaspora italiana – Italiani in Australia.
Earlier in the year we published ebooks about Italians in Spain (La diaspora italiana – Italiani in Spagna), Italians in Scotland (La diaspora italiana – Italiani in Scozia), and Italians in the USA (La diaspora italiana – Italiani negli Stati Uniti).
So this time we’re heading down under…
A ‘diaspora’ is a population that lives somewhere different from their original home, or that of their forebears. Since the late nineteenth century, millions of Italians have emigrated in search of better prospects. By 1980 it was estimated that twenty-five million Italians had made their home outside of Italy, in countries all over the world…
La distanza tra Roma e Canberra è di circa 16.000 chilometri, che equivalgono a un viaggio in aereo molto lungo, più o meno 20 ore. E, in effetti, gli italiani usano l’espressione “in Australia” come sinonimo per “lontanissimo, il posto più lontano del mondo, quasi un altro pianeta”.
Ma allora cosa ci fanno lì così tanti italiani?! Secondo le ultime statistiche, il numero di italiani nati in Australia e di origine italiana sarebbero circa un milione e gli italiani immigrati recentemente 178.000. Nei prossimi capitoli conosceremo meglio la storia degli italiani in Australia e la loro situazione nel presente.
- .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)
La diaspora italiana – Italiani in Australia is B2-level, so uppper-intermediate, and as usual the first week, it’s disounted 25%, to £5.99 rather than the usual ‘easy reader’ price of £7.99.
And if you’re not at B2 level? Not to worry – there are plenty of other ebook options from beginner to advanced in our online Catalog, all with downloadable free sample chapters and FREE online audio!
Don’t forget to check out the others in this series:
- La diaspora italiana – Italiani in Australia
- La diaspora italiana – Italiani in Spagna
- La diaspora italiana – Italiani in Scozia
- La diaspora italiana – Italiani negli Stati Uniti
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Did you read/listen to Saturday’s FREE bulletin of ‘easy’ Italian news? I confess, I didn’t, as I had a busy weekend catering for hordes.
But I plan to get to it today, as there’ll be another tomorrow, Tuesday. And another on Thursday. There are three FREE episodes of ‘easy’ Italian news each week.