Italian Short Stories for Beginners: 20 Stories to Help You Learn to Speak Italian and Expand Your Vocabulary the Fast and Easy Way

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Publisher's Summary

Who said that learning Italian takes hours and hours of boring grammar books? We present you a different, immediate and fun way to learn Italian using short stories! Are you curious about it? Let your Italian emotions lead the way (and teach you Dante’s language)! 

If you clicked, that means that this book is meant for you. Why are we so sure? Because we have been there already. Usually the teaching of a new language involves passing through grammar books which, although very useful, are often a little sterile or present elementary or "unlikely" situations. Fortunately, things have changed now, and even the grammar language texts are much more articulated and connected to the present time, including insights and exercises linked to real situations each one of us could face when arriving in a foreign country. But hey, we're not here to talk about other's books!

What we present to our curious listener, in fact, is a new and effective method to learn the language in a fun and original way, also following real, everyday life situations. What is that? Listening to short stories in the original language that we want to learn. Cool, right? Plus, we created a light and smart structure to accompany our stories to which, among other things, you can really connect. And we want to show you how that is so important in simple bullet points:

  • A small sneaky preview of what you will listen to in a way that you will understand very well, just to make you warm up the engines.
  • A real life situation in the wonderful Dante’s words and sounds. Discover the words of poetry of the most popular language in the world (You will see; you will be in good company).
  • A moment of "good" tension, where we will test your great comprehension and your ability to adapt to a new language (Don't worry, we are done with exams!).
  • A moment of pure relaxation to feel “safe” in your own language...but we don't want to reveal everything here.
  • The transition to an exciting new chapter. There are 20 of them waiting for you!

So, prepare yourself to embrace a journey through emotions, sounds, and vibrations of one of the most musical languages in the world!

We know what you're thinking: How can I understand a story if I don't speak the language fluently? 

Here's a question for you: How did you learn yours when you were a little kid? 

We bet you listened to stories of simple daily life over and over, listening to words that in the beginning had no meaning...well, it will be like going back to being kids! You will live the pleasure of beginning to understand, to associate shapes with sounds and meanings, and to learn your first few words like back then! With the only difference that now you can be a witness of your own wonderful evolution!

Even if you don’t seem to know how and where to start, you will move past your first steps quickly and you will stand fiercely on your own two (Italian) feet without even noticing!

Are you thrilled to try your new evolution like we are? 

COMPRA LA TUA COPIA.

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We had already starting our Italian emotional journey. Counting on you!

Please note: This audiobook is in Italian.

©2019 Language Learning Master (P)2019 Language Learning Master

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Excellent way to expand your Italian vocabulary!

The Italian language is widely considered as a passionate tongue, the one that by the sounds of it means to enchant and charm you, even by listening simple and plain topics. Throughout the playlist, you encounter with plenty of useful day-to-day vocabulary that native Italians use. The stories are firstly told in Italian, and at the end of each story, the narrator translates the words to English; helpful to understand the context of the story. Although I’m fluent in Italian, my girlfriend is currently learning it, and she used this audiobook as a complement for her Italian course. We listen to it together, and I was fascinated by the fact that the words used in it were actually the ones that you would hear when having a conversation with a native Italian (I had come across with other audiobooks where the vocabulary used was way too technical, and not actually teaching what you would hear in a normal conversation). Moreover, the fact that you can download a PDF transcript of the audiobook is a great plus, since you can read the stories so to visualise the words being said, a more powerful way to install those words in your brain!

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Definitely Recommended to All Levels of Learning!

This audiobook is a great learning tool for all levels in Italian – highly recommended! I got it to improve my level – it’s often hard to be learning a language on your own and other resources are not often useful. This book is great for your listening comprehension but also for learning vocabulary, as it focuses both on words and common expressions. As these are presented in their context, it is easier to understand how and when they are used in Italian. There is also a slower version for beginners that stops and spells out all the words and gives the translation, so it’s easier to follow and learn new vocabulary.

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One of the best learning tools yet

The audio was overall of good quality. The narrator was clear and precise in the enunciation of the words. Catching the titles of each story was easy to understand overall. (I.e. The old drunkard, find a billion on a cruise, etc.) I would rather use a longer story with only a few of them, rather then more smaller ones. The book comes with questions to answer to further help you along with the learning process, which is a great bonus for anyone trying to learn a new language. The stories are brilliant in learning phrasing since it helps to put the word sin a more natural sentence then simple word learning. Overall I like this idea to learn a language better since it don't just teach the simple words, but the phrasing and content as well, which is very important in a conversation.

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A valuable learning opportunity.

A very useful resource for practicing listening skills in Italian. The addition of chapters dedicated to the review of specific vocabulary found in the story is extremely important as it makes the book a concrete opportunity for learning. Furthermore, the availability of questions is a great way to test the level of understanding of every user. In terms of content the narrative is catchy and pleasant to listen.

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Great Audiobook for Learning Italian!

I never thought it could be possible to learn a language online. I am currently working on improving my listening skills and as a beginner I find audible stories very helpful and enjoyable. The words are clearly communicated and the pace leaves me just enough time to understand spoken Italian. I often travel to Italy for leisure and can't wait to test my newly acquired communication skills and vocabulary. I honestly couldn't recommend it enough. Thanks!

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A Good Self-Help Book

The narrators are really nice. Their voices are smooth and eloquent. The short quizzes after each story were helpful as well. And the fact that you get both the book and the audio for one small price is a huge bonus. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who wants to learn Italian.

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Very Effective Teaching Tool

I’m a student who’s attempting to learn Italian, and I found this to be a wonderful tool. The narrators are very relaxing, and the stories are very clearly read. I find this method of learning to be kind of a “brute force” method, but combined with other teaching services like Duolingo and a personal drive to learn the language, I’d say brute force is the way to go. To me, it’s as close of an experience you can get to just going to Italy, and I’ve been to Italy before. It’s very convenient to be able to access the book at any time through audible, and I really enjoy taking breaks from work to immerse myself in the language. It’s definitely necessary to use supplementary material provided with the book in your more active listening sessions

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Paramount Listening for Italian Learners

The great beauty of the Italian sound is difficult to master but what I would highlight is the immediate progress in fundamental interpretation skills from listening and reading to this short and enjoyable audiobook.

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Enjoyable and effective read

The clear and concise diction in the short stories make following what the narrators understandable for Italian beginner-intermediate learners and if your vocabulary is somewhat limited the word translation audio chapters are a very valuable learning tool. I was able to speed up my learning with this audiobook. Definitely recommended.

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Learn new vocabulary or brush up your skills!

Overall, I found the book very clear and easy to follow, but I also liked that it feels very familiar and personal in the way it is narrated. I like that the stories are not too short, which makes them engaging and can be listened to again and again. Would recommend to any learners of Italian at any levels – to learn new vocabulary or brush up your skills.

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  • Diana Lapine
  • 10-18-19

Reading and listening skills!

Each story has a mixture of simple dialogue, descriptive sentences, and everything in between. This allows you to pick up how sentences are commonly spoken along with how to describe scenery, items, and people, giving you an overall, detailed way of understanding the written language. If you want to improve your reading fluency as quickly and naturally as possible, then this audiobook is ideal. Not only that, but each story is interesting, and you can listen to them in a matter of minutes.

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  • Frances Ling
  • 10-19-19

Great audiobook for getting started with Italian!

This is my first time trying an audiobook as a guide to learning a language and I'm surprise of how good was the whole experience. The narrators are exceptional (they speak clearly and slowly), you get involved with every story and started to internalize about the pronunciation and tone, also even if you have no idea of the language or a word is easy to follow because you have the PDF. This feature was very important for me. Since in it you can check the vocabulary and a summary of each story.

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  • Samuel Williams
  • 10-19-19

This is a really good way to learn Italian

The stories are interesting and it's narrated clearly which makes it easy to listen to. I found the words and phrases useful to know and were not too complicated. There's also an option for normal or slow voice speed which helps. Overall I think its a great way to improve listening skills and add to the vocabulary as well.

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  • Judith Phillips
  • 10-19-19

Great learning tool

I use Duolingo and Memrise as a tool to learn a little bit of Italian since my family is from there and speak it and while those options are good for vocabulary this audiobook lets you hear the correct pronunciation and flow of the language. The audiobook includes a PDF to read what is being said which is of course a very important part of learning a language and also flash cards which the beginning narrator explains how to use. I personally find this method of language learning more interesting than using the apps since you are hearing a story and not just trying to memorize words and phrases.

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  • Martha Edge
  • 10-19-19

I found it very helpful tool to improve Italian

It has easily understandable instructions, recordings are good quality and narrators are speaking slowly and clearly. I have studied Italian in the past so it was a great reminder and a useful tool to improve as the stories are gradually getting complicated. It was really helpful as well. Reading what I was listening gave thorough knowledge.

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  • Connie Lewis
  • 10-19-19

For EVERY beginner!!!!

This is an amazing package! It isn’t just short stories! It is an audiobook with a PDF full of vocabulary, tests, summaries and much more. I just started studying Italian for a future trip to Italy, and with the PDF I never felt lost or like I couldn’t follow along with the audiobook.What makes this audiobook stand out is that it has different speed ranges available through the audio, so you can build as you go along.

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  • James Varghese
  • 10-18-19

Italian Short Stories for Beginners

There are good but it lacks the depth of a book to build better sentences. Reading these stories helps me a lot to form my own phrases. I need more time to practice but I think it is a good step in my progress at learning Italian.

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  • Donna Daniel
  • 10-18-19

Grateful!!

Love this Italian short stories audio book! I was wanted to admit myself in an Italian company. But my Italian speaking was not good at all but luckily I found this book. 20 short stories I'm listening and improving my speaking with vocabulary too.

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  • Ethan Kay
  • 10-19-19

WHAT A GREAT LEARNING EXPERIENCE!

As a language enthusiast, I think the approach used by the creators is very effective and made it a lot easier for me to learn and memorize new words. The book also comes with questions that are quite helpful when trying to recall those tough words or phrases.

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  • Arlen Ramos
  • 10-18-19

A good refresher

I studied Italian in High School but I did not pursue my studies. Now I am 30s and I am looking for a way to reactivate my Italian. The stories are easy enough and the PDF helps to listen and read the audio book at the same time. Highly recommended

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