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Italian Short Stories for Beginners: 20 Captivating Short Stories to Learn Italian & Grow Your Vocabulary the Fun Way! (Easy Italian Stories Vol. 1) (Italian Edition) Kindle Edition
Finding PROPER reading material that they can handle…which is precisely the reason we’ve written this book!
Teachers love giving out tough, expert-level literature to their students, books that present many new problems to the reader and force them to search for words in a dictionary every five minutes — it's not entertaining, useful or motivating for the student at all, and many soon give up on learning at all!
In this book we have compiled 20 easy-to-read, compelling and fun stories that will allow you to expand your vocabulary and give you the tools to improve your grasp of the wonderful Italian tongue.
How Italian Short Stories for Beginners works:
- Each story will involve an important lesson of the tools in the Italian language (Verbs, Adjectives, Past Tense, Giving Directions, and more), involving an interesting and entertaining story with realistic dialogues and day-to-day situations.
- The summaries follow a synopsis in Italian and in English of what you just read, both to review the lesson and for you to see if you understood what the tale was about.
- At the end of those summaries, you'll be provided with a list of the most relevant vocabulary involved in the lesson, as well as slang and sayings that you may not have understood at first glance!
- Finally, you'll be provided with a set of tricky questions in Italian, providing you with the chance to prove that you learned something in the story. Don't worry if you don't know the answer to any — we will provide them immediately after, but no cheating!
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Read the story
Read the story at your own pace. Difficult words have been highlighted and will be presented in the vocabulary section after each story.
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After each story there's a little quiz to test yourself and see how much of the story you understood.
Read the summary
Finally, there is a summary of the story in both Italian and English to help you understand what you may have missed.
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|Language Level||Beginner||Beginner||Beginner||Intermediate||Upper Beginner|
|Structure||Over 100 conversations in Italian with English translations to immerse yourself in conversational Italian.||Over 1500 phrases that will come in handy when you travel Italy.||The 2000 Most Common Italian Words ordered by frequency put into proper context with the phrase in both Italian and English.||Short story in Italian followed by vocabulary section with highlighted words from the story, Q&A to test your knowledge and a summary of the story in both Italian and English.||Short story in Italian followed by vocabulary section with highlighted words from the story, Q&A to test your knowledge and a summary of the story in both Italian and English.|
- ASIN : B07KNSRMXW
- Publication date : November 17, 2018
- Language : Italian
- File size : 1102 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- Word Wise : Not Enabled
- Print length : 187 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #86,475 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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The specifics of the language are outlined (especially the importance of masculine and feminine) and then the lessons begin.’
Each of the twenty stories follows the pattern Summary of the story, Vocabulary Questions about the story, and Answers. Or as the authors state, ‘Each story will tell a different tale involving unique, deep characters with their own personalities and conflicts, while ensuring that you understand the objective of the particular language device in Italian. Verbs, Pronouns, Nouns, Directions, Time and Date; all of it will be covered in this Basic-level book for Beginners. At no point will we introduce concepts too difficult for you to grasp, and any complicated vocabulary will be studied at the end of each story.’
An example, in Story 1 Come due gocce d’acqua - the story (translated for demo) ‘Elena and Caterina are two twin sisters who look very much alike and to distinguish them, their parents have given them two bracelets of different colours. Elena has been wearing a yellow bracelet and Caterina has been wearing a blue bracelet. Wherever they went, they were always very careful never to lose the bracelet. But the two sisters have a big secret. One day Elena would have to go out with her mother to buy a swimsuit, but she did not want to. Caterina reveals her trick to take off the bracelet that seemed to be too tight and from that day on they would often exchange their role, without ever revealing the secret to anyone.’ This is but one of the well-written stories with the summary in both Italian and English and the task of this tale is Vocabulary (very well defined) and a series of questions about the story written in Italian with the answers likewise in Italian.
The stories vary, as do the lessons taught. This is a very fine introduction to Italian, appropriate for all age levels, and a book much needed at this time in our national status! Grady Harp, November 18
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I am a beginner when it comes to learning the Italian language and, whilst this book is not for the "raw" beginner, it is good when one has covered verb conjugations, prepositions and adjectives - the rest is just vocabulary - which is covered at the end of every short story.
In addition, it provides invaluable practice with reading (especially reading aloud) and pronunciation. I like, also, the questions at the end of each story which tells me just how much I have understood the finer points of it.
I started reading the first story and, admittedly, there was at least one word in every sentence which I had to look up in the vocabulary list. Nevertheless, by the time I had read it through twice, I was remembering most of these words.
I repeat, it's not for absolute beginners which its title suggests - hence the reason for my giving this book only four stars instead of five.
However, in conclusion, it's good and I like it and it will definitely help me!
It also has an excellent glossary at the end of each story that really boosts your vocabulary. I have only been studying Italian for about 3 months (although I already had a tiny bit of Italian) and am enjoying this book, rarely needing to check the English bits.
Charming stories that engage and entertain.
This is not too difficult to read and follow the gist of the stories - a couple seem trickier than others. I will say it is worth just reading through each story without stopping. Then again in closer detail trying to comprehend each sentence. Then if you want (as I do) I like to dive deeper into the grammar and look up things I don’t understand and new words.
The stories are (those I’ve read) it appears more aimed at senior school children to read but the language is properly challenging and the stories are actually quite fun!
There is a decent words glossary for each story and a summary in Italian with an English translation plus a quick quiz for each story to check you did understand what it was all about!
My Italian is several years in of light study. And I’m just about ok with this book. Alongside other learning resources it’s helping to slot together difference elements of language comprehension for me.
Clearly my understanding of Italian is better than I realised in some cases because I’ve spotted a couple of errors in the text and glossary words incorrectly translated (or incorrect translation in relation to the story they are featured in) but these errors seem few and don’t detract from the usefulness. In fact if anything the few errors helped me as I’ve looked up words and phrases carefully to be sure I’m not mistaken.
Would I recommend this to learners of Italian? If you’re heading down a slightly more rounded ‘academic’ approach as I’ve decided to take in addition to the day to day conversation study, then yes, it’s good to have well written text to use as part of your learning and this book of short stories is worth it.