OK, so the e-book offer should be finished by now. Thanks to everyone who bought one. Any problems, don’t hesitate to write to me for technical help, or for a refund.
So this week we’ll be ploughing on with the final three exercises in the series of B1 listening comprehensions, ready to start something new next week.
As usual, you should see an image with the task here below, and underneath that, the listening plug-in.
If you don’t see either one, click here to view this article on our website.
The transcript for this listening will be published next time. In the meantime, feel free to post your answers, or your own transcripts, as a comment on this post. Or, if you don’t have the courage, look at anything that others put up and compare your answers…
Have a good week!
Here’s the text for the last exercise we published. If you missed it, or would gain from hearing it again as you view the transcript, click here.
Quando Jim e Mary hanno deciso di lasciare il lavoro e di trasferirsi in Italia, in molti, fra amici e parenti, sono rimasti colpiti da questa decisione.
Jim e Mary infatti sono sposati ormai da trent’anni e hanno deciso di cambiare la loro vita.
Da sempre infatti i due coniugi hanno passato la loro vita a Londra, impegnati tra il lavoro e la famiglia.
Hanno deciso di vendere la loro casa e comprare un casolare tra le colline della Toscana e di vivere una vita più sana in campagna.
Dopo aver cercato a lungo il posto giusto hanno trovato una fattoria molto ampia, con animali di ogni specie e vicino ad un bosco.
Inoltre il casolare si trova proprio vicino a quello di un loro caro amico italiano.
Il loro sogno è quello di aprire una scuola in cui i bambini possano conoscere la natura, imparare a prendersi cura degli animali e , ovviamente, imparare l’inglese.
Mary ama molto i bambini e a Londra lavorava come insegnante di inglese.
E’ una grande sfida, ma Jim e Mary sono pronti ad affrontarla.
E-mails like this one are the way we publish new materials on our site and make sure our members are aware of them. Usually we commission them from our writers in a series, like this one. We add around 150 new exercises or texts a year. Our focus for now is on listening, because good, graded listening materials are generally harder to find, and because we think that listening (and reading) are fundamental to learning a language, but often neglected with respect to grammar and vocabulary study.
But, and this is the important part, these regular e-mails are not all there is on our site. There are approximately 1500 pages of free materials, including grammar, vocabulary and so on. Some of it is good, some less good, but all of it is original, all of it written by working Italian teachers, and all of it completely free.
(Paid for materials are also available, separately, in our online shop. Revenues from e-books and online lessons pay for the cost of maintaining the site and creating new free materials.)
Now, given the size of the site, and the fact that this is a ‘hobby’, not my main job, I hope you’ll excuse a certain degree of confusion and mess.
The best way to get around is to explore a little, to see what you can find that might be valuable to you.
I’d suggest you start by following these links:
- alphabetical index of ‘grammar lessons’ (not sorted by level…)
- alphabetical index of Italian exercises
- all free Italian material, organised by level from A1 (beginner) to C2 (proficiency)
As a closing note, I’d add that I have a budget for writing new exercises of several thousand euros, and no clear idea right now of what to spend it on.
Our teachers need to pay the rent and are waiting for instructions on what to start on next.
Suggestions would therefore be very welcome….
Is there anything you think we’ve missed?
Or done badly?
Or that there really isn’t enough of for your needs?
Maybe you have some ‘off-the-wall’ idea you’d like us to explore?
Help us develop our Italian club over the coming year – leave a comment on this post with your ideas.