Learn Italian, one story at a time
Due amiche e un album di fotografie
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.
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What students have said
I am delighted with your Italian short stories. The vocabulary at the end of the story had exactly the words that I did not understand. I will look at the photos soon. This will make the experience unique and personal to my Italian teacher. I do not think that anyone has put their own pictures into stories written for teaching. How wonderful that you can be so creative, teach, write, take photographs, it all feels like magic and inspired. Thank you for being my Italian teacher, and thank you for your contributions to students who love Italy and the Italian language. You are a blessing to all of us.
Serena guides your learning through the adventures of two companions, Costanza and Marina. In the process, you learn Italian as it is used during everyday life in Italy. Reading aloud, listening, and responding to questions help you learn and organize your thoughts in useful and culturally relevant ways. The result is internalization instead of memorization. Each lesson can be completed in a bite sized amount of time and is completely portable, even on your phone!
This method makes learning fun and it works. I have been using it with Serena and, during my 7 week trip to explore Italian culture, I was able to communicate almost exclusively in Italian, including meaningful conversations beyond simple travel language. If you are serious about learning Italian, don’t look any further, you have found a true language coach.
WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT FROM LEARNING ITALAN WITH OUR SHORT STORIES
- 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