That’s a picture of my wife and younger daughter outside our local polling station on Sunday.
They’re holding their voter-ID cards and umbrellas, as it was raining.
Despite the weather, we were excited to be participating in the Europe-wide elections, along with hundreds of millions of other people in countries as far apart as Greece and Finland.
It was Hannah’s first time as an elector. I was impressed that she’d already worked out who to vote for and why, and was even able to give her dad some tips!
Why do I mention this?
Because ever since we published ‘2 giugno 1946‘ back in January 2018, I’ve been itching for the end of May to come around so that I could do it as a ‘Book of the Week’.
Last year was too soon after publication…
But this year, well here we are: a half-price offer!
The second of June, in case you didn’t know, is Republic Day in Italy, a public holiday which commemorates the day that Italy got rid of its royalty and became a republic.
This week’s story is about that referendum, which was also the first time that Italian women were able to vote:
Bologna, 2nd of June 1946. Italy is slowly recovering from the devastating effects of World War II. A referendum has been organised to decide whether the reborn state will be a republic or continue as a monarchy. And for the first time in history, Italian women can go to the polls! Newly-wed Marcella is so excited at the prospect she barely slept last night. But her husband, Antonio, is unconvinced…
The level is A2/B1, so lower-intermediate, though it’s suitable for more or less everyone.
Reading/listening practice, in my opinion, is never a waste of time.
Here are the usual details:
- .pdf e-book (+ audio available free online at soundcloud.com)
- .mobi (Kindle-compatible) and .epub (other ebook readers) formats are 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 any level
- Download your Free Sample Chapter (.pdf)
Your e-book will be emailed to you within 24 hours of your purchase.
This ebook normally sells for £7.99, but with the half-price offer, until midnight on Sunday (2 giugno!) it’ll be just £3.99.
As mentioned above, this ebook is now available in .mobi (Kindle-compatible) and .epub (other ebook readers) formats.
If you’d like to read it on your ebook reader, or using a Kindle app or iBooks app, or similar, buy the standard .pdf format and add a note on your order form (or just email me) to say you’d also like the other format or formats.
Don’t forget to listen to Tuesday’s FREE broadcast of ‘easy’ Italian news at https://easyitaliannews.com/
Oh, and ‘Ciao’ to Julie and Geoff, both Easy News fans, who I was chatting to at the school yesterday.
Geoff taught me the wonderful Australian expression ‘spitting chips’.
“I was spitting chips!” he said, I don’t recall about what, but the Internet tells me it means ‘loudly or vehemently angry’.
For example, don’t miss the ‘Book of the Week’ offer or, come Monday, you’ll be spitting chips!