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Italian Short Stories for Beginners

Costanza is a young Italian woman from Sicily who decided to spend her summer vacation with her Milanese friend Anna in Alto Adige (the Dolomites’ region), in the heart of Italy’s Alpine region. Together they visit and learn interesting facts about the culture, geography, and food of this region, which is located in the far north of Italy’s peninsula, while also assisting a tourist who has dropped something on a trail.

6 reasons why my Italian short story collection is different 

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You’ll have access to a slow audio for each chapter, narrated by me.

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You’ll learn how to travel as a local in Italy.

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You’ll learn culturally relevant history and details about the regions of Italy.

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You’ll have access to content optimized for learning by a highly qualified instructor. 

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You’ll receive a study guide and flashcards you can review at any time on Quizlet.

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Everything is on Gumroad, so you can read and listen anywhere and anytime!

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WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT FROM LEARNING ITALAN WITH OUR SHORT STORIES 

ENJOYMENT 

Our Italian short stories are easier to digest, but if they are filled with amusing anecdotes and fascinating facts about Italian culture, they are much more enjoyable, sucking you into that world. 

A TIME EFFECTIVE WAY OF LEARNING ITALIAN

You’ll be able to read a complete story in the native language in no time, while also expanding your vocabulary. We estimate it will take only 10 minute to round up every chapter. And another 5-10 to complete the annexed exercises. 

CULTURAL AWARENESS

You will learn about Italy as well as Italian. This Italian short story series is set in various off-the-beaten-path locations throughout Italy. Our goal is to compel you to talk or experience what you’ve read. 

GRAMMAR LEARNING

This Italian short story contains enough grammar to keep learning without becoming overwhelmed. Most chapters conclude with brief explanations of how to correctly use  certain key aspects of Italian grammar and vocabulary.

A SMART WAY OF LEARNING

Science supports that learning languages through short stories is the best way to develop the brain for any language learning process. Even in our native language, we learned the majority of our vocabulary as children by reading. Similarly, we encourage reading in simplified Italian to absorb words and patterns in a fun and agreeable way.

Grammar content 

  • present simple
  • present perfect (passato prossimo)
  • modal verbs 
  • reflexive verbs
  • simple pronouns 
  • simple prepositions 
  • ci vuole / ci vogliono
  • c’è / ci sono 
  • …and much more!

Cultural & Vocabulary Content 

  • Traveling Alto Adige (South Tyrol) and Dolomites region 
  • Ordering food and coffee in Italy 
  • Buy tickets
  • Renting a bike
  • Visiting a tourist info point 
  • Asking questions at a beginner / intermediate level while traveling in Italy 
ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Serena is the brain behind the blog www.italianpills.com, where she helps Italian learners find smart and creative ways to transform the students ability of learning Italian. 

She was born on the most exotic European island, Sicily, some 30 years ago. She has graduated from two universities (in France and Italy) and studied in four countries (Italy, France, Spain and England). She speaks 8 languages.

Over the last eight years, she has focused her efforts on adult education and has worked as an Italian teacher in Spain, England, Slovakia, and Japan. She now runs an entirely online language school from the Eternal City of Rome.

 

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