It’s still too hot, and I still have too much to do.
My suocero is coming for lunch, and he’s a man that likes a nice plate of pastasciutta for his lunch, preferably with a meaty sauce of some kind. No messing about with salads, cheeses, and such airy-fairy muck!
So as soon as I’m done with this, I’ll brave the heat and walk to the Coop for some minced meat or sausage that can be quickly transformed into a respectable sugo.
Then, right after lunch, I have my regular weekly online conversation lesson, in Swedish. I really ought to catch up on the Swedish newspapers, before then. I already listened to the news, on the way back from taking Roomie to her kindergarten.
Busy, busy, busy!
So without further ado, episode 7 in our Summer Series on The Renaissance is ready for you.
Do find a few minutes to read/listen to it, even if you find it hard at first.
Practice makes perfect, right? And you know what I always say?
“The road to the city of Understanding winds through the endless grotty suburbs of Not Understanding”
or something like that.
You have to put the work in, insomma.
Il Rinascimento, Episodio 7. I papi e la Cappella Sistina (XIV-XVI secolo)
And as always, I’ll remind you that Episodes 1-6 of this year’s Summer Series, along with those from 2020 (The Romans) and 2021 (The Middle ages), are linked to from our History page.
P.S. Half price ‘Ebook of the Week’
I cannot believe EIGHT YEARS have passed since we published ‘Un furto ad arte‘ (level B1/2, which means ‘intermediate’), back in 2014.
That was the year I had my first stroke, the second one was in 2021 as regular readers will know, and I’m hoping that the third won’t be until 2028!
Or maybe I’ll be just a memory by then, who knows.
But in any case club members who have this one in their library of study material, and come back to it occasionally, might smile and remember how they enjoyed it, even though it was hard at first.
Maybe they’ll reflect on how much their Italian has improved, as a result of doing the practice.
But why this ebook, this week?
The weather, obviously…
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?
- .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 any level
- Download your Free Sample Chapter (.pdf)
N.b. For a taster, check out the Free Sample Chapter, and LISTEN TO THE AUDIO, TOO!
The link to the online audio can, as always, be found in the Free Sample Chapter. If your level is above intermediate, try just listening to the audio, no need to buy the text at all, even if it is half-price all this week.
In fact, what the heck, here’s the link: https://soundcloud.com/onlineitalianclub/sets/un-furto-ad-arte
That’ll take you directly to the audio for the ENTIRE STORY, which is TOTALLY FREE FOR ANYONE TO ACCESS. See what nice people we are??
Obviously, though, it’s easier if you have the full text…
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This History series, as with the previous two – La Roma and Medioevo – are helping to improve listening and pronunciation of ordinal numbers and centuries!