Short Stories in Italian (for Beginners and Intermediate Learners)

Due Amiche e un Album di Fotografie

  • Written super easy Italian
  • Dual Language Book 🇮🇹 / 🇬🇧
  • Set in scenic South Tyrol ⛰️
  • Most common Italian words and phrases for beginners
  • Effective recall exercises
Beginners (A1, A2)

Le Avventure di Paul a Roma

  • Engaging modern story set in Rome 
  • 167 pages 🍝
  • Most common Italian words and phrases for beginners 
  • Effective recall exercises (quizzes, translations and speaking prompts)

Beginners to upper-beginners (A1+, A2)

Mediterraneo – A Mystery 

  • Written in simple Italian
  • Set in scenic Puglia 🍋
  • Most common Italian words and phrases 
  • Effective recall exercises
upper-beginners, Intermediate (a2, B1)

Gioielli, Caffè e Firenze

  • Engaging modern story set in Florence
  • 145 pages
  • Insights and tips on common mistakes
  • Italian idioms
  • Realistic dialogues
  • Culturally relevant
lower-intermediate to upper- intermediate (A2+,B1, B2)

Incontri in Sicilia

  • Written in Simple Italian
  • Set in scenic Sicily 🍋
  • Most common Italian words and phrases 
  • Free audio  
Upper-beginners to lower-intermediate (A2, A2+)

7 Romance Short Stories

  • 7 modern romantic stories
  • Realistic dialogues
  • Italian expressions and intermediate/advanced vocabulary
  • Effective recall exercises
  • Conversation prompts 
Intermediate to advanced learners (B1+, B2, C1) 

Why I started writing my own stories…

The challenge

Having spent the last 10 years teaching Italian to native English speakers, I’ve come to realize that the most challenging part of learning Italian is putting all of the bits and pieces of grammar and vocabulary together to form flowing Italian sentences. In the early stages of my teaching career, I kept noticing a pattern: my beginner and intermediate students would tend to use recycled vocabulary and grammar, lingering on the same levels for months without significant progress.

The solution

A few years ago, after trying different teaching approaches, I decided to use Italian novels written in simplified Italian as a way to provide my students with new content to talk about during our classes. After a few classes using this method, I was shocked by the significant improvement all of my students made. Students would naturally develop their ability to construct longer sentences and expand their Italian vocabulary through the exercise of retelling the stories in their own words. They would also maximize the time spent with Italian outside the class, as the reading, listening, and writing related to the stories would be covered before the in-person class.

What happened next?

It took me a while, but eventually, I came up with the right ideas to write and record my own Italian language books for beginners and intermediate learners, which you can now purchase on Amazon in paperback version or in PDF copy on Payhip. All my Italian short stories are designed and optimized for beginners and intermediate learners and created with natives. They’re packed with retention exercises and provide useful material, common words, and sentences to train your Italian speaking skills in your class (or even on your own).

What you can expect from my story learning method

A Rewarding Sense of Achievement

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 Awarness

You will learn to understand Italy better across its regional differences. 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.

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