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Italian Short Stories for Beginners Audiobook

Italian Short Stories for Beginners

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Publisher's Summary

Improve your Italian pronunciation and listening skills. Make learning new vocabulary so much easier with 10 fun and engaging Italian stories.

Listening to short stories is an effective and enjoyable method to learning Italian.

For those of you who can't just slip away from life, travel to Italy, and immerse yourself in the language in order to learn it, this is your solution! Listening to native-spoken Italian stories is the next best thing.

  • Gain a greater vocabulary that you can use immediately, every day. You will add 1500+ Italian words and expressions to your repertoire through the encounter of descriptive sentences and casual conversations woven throughout the stories.
  • Sharpen your comprehension of the spoken word by listening to a native Italian speaker.
  • Familiarize yourself with a wide range of grammar structures and put them to use today.
  • Avoid the monotonous task of memorizing grammar rules. How awesome is that?

Each story is recorded in two different ways.

  • A slow version helps beginners improve their pronunciation
  • A normal, natural speed for intermediate and advanced learners trains your ears to understand what is being said

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your My Library section along with the audio.

©2017 Talk in Italian (P)2017 Talk in Italian

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    monty 29/06/2017
    monty 29/06/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "Enjoyable and effective read"
    Where does Italian Short Stories for Beginners rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I really enjoyed these short stories. I found they were the perfect length and level for me, and really helped in consolidating my existing knowledge of Italian. I would rank it high in the audiobook department, especially having the option of downloading the PDF to read as a parallel. The audiobook helped me hugely with pronunciation issues I was having, and with my overall listening practice as well.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I like that they were easy to follow yet introduced a lot of new vocabulary, grammar and phrases.


    What does Eddie Pez and Jessica Muraca bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    The readers voices were fluent and they spoke with clarity and energy. They made it interesting and captivating which makes it a much more enjoyable experience listening to it.


    Any additional comments?

    I have learned Spanish and dabbled with French and German, so I understand how time consuming and challenging learning a new language can be. I found this audiobook really useful in consolidating and enhancing my somewhat basic knowledge of Italian. It has taught me new phrases, colloquialisms, grammar, and helped greatly with the Italian pronunciation which I find very difficult.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Karen 03/07/2017
    Karen 03/07/2017
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    "Improving your Italian listening skills"
    Where does Italian Short Stories for Beginners rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    For those wanting to improve their listening skills in Italian this is highly recommended. For beginners, listening while reading the text provided in the PDF is advised. The PDF contains the story together with translations of all the new vocabulary that is used. There is also a little multiple choice test at the end of each chapter which helps test your understanding. One of the diffulties in learning a new language is understanding native speakers. This is ideal in helping to become acquainted with the way real Italians speak. It also gives you the opportunity to expand your vocabulary and improve pronunciation. The topics of the stories are well chosen. They vary from applying for jobs to describing strange dreams.


    What did you like best about this story?

    As stated above, the topics of the stories are well chosen. They are preferable to children's stories that are very basic and do not stretch your vocabulary. My favourite story was about the strange dream.


    Have you listened to any of Eddie Pez and Jessica Muraca ’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    I haven't listened to any other of these audiobooks and so I cannot compare.


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    This is not applicable to this audiobook.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Kindle Customer
    25/05/17
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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 wordsin 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.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Katelyn Casey
    28/05/17
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    "Fun and accessible way to learn Italian"

    This is a great tool for people who already have some knowledge of Italian language as well as beginners who would like to sharpen their listening and broaden their vocabulary in Italian. I have a background in language learning so it was convenient and easy for me to use through Audible while on the way to work or on a break at lunch. There is a very helpful PDF to follow along with that includes vocabulary, and made it really easy to go over what I didn't understand and then practice again. I loved that I could listen to the stories because that way I knew the correct pronunciation and tone to use. I really enjoyed learning in this way and found it to be pretty fun!

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Ruairi O.
    20/06/17
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    "Very Effective Teaching Tool"
    Where does Italian Short Stories for Beginners rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    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


    Any additional comments?

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    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Melina Dina
    San Antonio, TX
    07/06/17
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    "Flashcards Included"

    I just wanted to add that Jessica Muraca reads the vocabulary words at the end of the book in Italian and in English (they're flashcards, I think), so that's an interesting feature to look out for.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    31/05/17
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    "loved it."

    As a language enthusiast, I thoroughly enjoyed these stories; I felt like this was the best way to learn. The stories were interesting and also easy to follow the pronunciation was meticulous which made it possible to learn new words and also understand how to conjugate a sentence. The most effective feature was how all the difficult words were translated and repeated, this helped in learning and memorizing those words and ultimately building a better vocabulary. Overall I felt like this was a great learning experience

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    16/06/17
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    "I'm in love!"
    If you could sum up Italian Short Stories for Beginners in three words, what would they be?

    Easy. Fun. Interesting.


    What did you like best about this story?

    This is a great learning tool for those who have some knowledge of the Italian language and want more tools to further their knowledge! In the beginning, there's an English introduction explaining what to expect from the audiobook. They helpefully offer the use of flashcards in a PDF to have both visual and audio, which is wonderful as knowing the proper spelling and sentence structure is important to fully grasp a language. <br/><br/>I am a huge fan of how easy it was to access this audio through Audible at any given time of the day, such as on breaks or during the commute to work! I especially appreciate how clear the audio is, and how easy the speakers are to follow along with.<br/>


    What does Eddie Pez and Jessica Muraca bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    You hear the proper pronunciation of each word and how the sentences flow together. They also make the story interesting to read with rhythm and emotion.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Hedorah
    12/07/17
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    "Excellen Supplement to Anyone Learning Italian"
    What did you love best about Italian Short Stories for Beginners?

    It's great you can follow along in a pdf so you can not only see the word but hear its' pronunciations. It has plenty of content and what seemed to be mini questions as well to quiz the reader.<br/> It's really a great resource for anyone at any non native level of italian language acquisition. You hear two different voices and so much from seeing example sentences and applications of it. It's a brush up on vocab for more advanced speakers, and cements sentence structure for beginners as well as vocab.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Italian Short Stories for Beginners?

    The mini quiz secetions are great for comprehension and I appreciate their inclusion.


    Which character – as performed by Eddie Pez and Jessica Muraca – was your favorite?

    The pronunciation and listening component. It's one thing to read a language and another thing to hear it.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No, it's more of a section at a time book. <br/>It's a learning supplement and not a novel.<br/>


    Any additional comments?

    Excellent job! Come out with one in german please!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Danielle Nacov
    22/06/17
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    "Very Enjoyable Way of learning Italian!"
    What did you love best about Italian Short Stories for Beginners?

    I have always been interested in learning Italian and I feel as if these short stories are the perfect way to dive straight into the Italian language. This audio book was easy to follow and is convenient to listen to on a drive or waiting around. It's the perfect length of time to fit in learning daily. I love the idea of using an audio book for learning so that you can hear the exact pronunciation of words in their language versus trying to learn from a book.The audio flashcards were also very helpful in the repetition of learning certain words. I would suggest going through these a few times if you are a true beginner. I found this to be a very enjoyable way of learning the Italian language.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • L. James
    Saint Louis, MO
    14/07/17
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    "Perfect tool for strengthening my language skills"

    Italian Short Stories for Beginners by Talk in Italian accustoms the beginner to recognize common Italian words and expressions. The audiobook challenges the learner to acquire new vocabulary as beginners getting acquainted to the style of the Italian short story and natural rhythm of the language.

    Although introduced to Italian when I was younger, I still feel like a beginner. However, I feel that Italian Short Stories for beginners will be a perfect tool for strengthening my language skills to really get me to a new level of confidence in the language.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    07/07/17
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    "Glad I found this!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Would definitely show this to those interested in learning a new language, it is applicable to any difficulty level.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I was very impressed with how this book takes the stress off my shoulders and guides me.


    Any additional comments?

    I’ve been wanting to learn Italian for a long time but didn’t know where to start. This audiobook provided very clear and precise instructions. The voices used in this were very easy to understand, and also very soothing to listen to which is a bonus. It was a little difficult for me to keep up at first, but it’s very helpful to rewind and get the hang of it. It also helped that the speaker would repeat the words again. I really appreciate the choice of words taught because they can easily be applied to everyday life. Overall the audiobook is well thought out in terms of making sure the learning process flows accordingly to the listener’s level.<br/>

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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