You may have noticed the similarity between the French and Italian flags, but did you know that Napoleon, besides being emperor of France, was also King of Italy?
Perhaps, being one of the earliest Italian migrants (see today’s P.S. for the newest ebook in our Italian Diaspora series) he was homesick, who knows?
Find out about the origins and meaning of the Italian ‘tricolore’, and how the peninsula (or parts of it) ended up with an expat king, in today’s twenty-seventh episode of our Summer Series:
The previous 26 episodes, and the complete Summer Series from 2020 and 2021, can be found on our History page.
One more week to go! The Summer series ends next Friday, September 16th, after which I’ll be back to writing random thoughts on language learning.
Next week we’ll have a special half-price ‘eBook of the Week’ offer – details on Monday. The week after, there’s the publication of the ebook version of the Summer series. And the week after that, the final week of September, our Autumn Sale, so 20% off ebooks and online lessons in our two online shops.
A lunedì, allora.
P.S. NEW Ebook ‘Easy Reader’, Final Reminder!
Here’s a last ‘heads up’ about the final (for now) ‘easy reader’ ebook in our ‘Italian Diaspora’ series.
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…
The others in this series are:
But this time we’re finding out about Italians in Australia, of all places!
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!
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