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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
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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.

    6 of 6 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.


    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    MR 13/10/2017
    MR 13/10/2017
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    "Great introduction for Italian learners"

    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Phillip 21/10/2017
    Phillip 21/10/2017
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    "Paramount Listening for Italian Learners "

    These short stories are inspiring and essential for any lover of the Italian language. I have spent some time travelling and working in Italy and that stemmed from a lifelong love of the culture. For me this audiobook was the perfect length and difficulty to reintroduce me to the language after a long break. Practically speaking the accessibility of the file is paramount; you can download a PDF file to read along which, with the help of the narrators, helps cement basic Italian vocabulary and pronunciation. Everyday topics are discussed, from job applications to the discussing of dreams so you get a real life situation and plausible scenarios.

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Lorenzo 26/10/2017
    Lorenzo 26/10/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "A valubale 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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    Liubomir 13/10/2017
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    "Great for beginners"

    I have wanted to learn Italian for quite some time now and really enjoyed this audiobook. It is perfect for someone just starting to learn the language. The recordings are clear and pleasant to the ear. The book includes everyday topics that are neither too easy nor too hard. The PDF transcriptions of the recordings and the included vocabulary are also a nice addition that helps the listening practice. I highly recommend.

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  • 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!

    19 of 19 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

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • 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.

    17 of 17 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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    11 of 11 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.

    11 of 11 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.
    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.
    It's a learning supplement and not a novel.


    Any additional comments?

    Excellent job! Come out with one in german please!

    6 of 6 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.


    9 of 9 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.

    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.


    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.


    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    04/09/17
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    "Great Way To Learn the Language!"
    What did you love best about Italian Short Stories for Beginners?

    The pdf file given to aid in the learning process and the clear wording of the instructor.


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

    The translations in Section 15-on.


    Any additional comments?

    Italian Short Stories for Beginners is and incredible helper to learn Italian. Not only was the language spoken in clear, concise wording, but when the translation flashcards began in Section 15, I was able to remember what I heard and compare it to the language spoken. On top of that, the added pdf was extremely helpful for my visual learning to really get this down. Now I really can learn something I've always wanted to!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Ruta
    31/08/17
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    "Loved it!"
    Any additional comments?

    Such a creative way to learn a new language! I thought the narrator was very clear and enunciated words veery well. Knowing some basic Italian I can confirm the accuracy of certain phrases and pronunciation of words. The stories are very engaging and I definitely recommend it to people who want to get a slightly more interactive experience with learning a new language. Perfect tool for that!

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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