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Hi Ben,

Good suggestion and the fact that you can have a sample sent to your Kindle to check out if it is what you want is good.


Hi Drew,

Sorry I didn't see your reply, it mentions you'll get an email if someone replies but never saw one. 

The level is certainly pretty advanced but I'm a beginner as well and just read it to help with my learning in general. I just use it to try and understand the Italian and pick out a few words, then look at the english below to see how I got on. I certainly don't understand all of it but it's still good practice. If you find any better books for beginners please do let me know. 



I don't have a book but I have an idea. I picked up Golf Digest (I like golf) in Italian while I was in Italy and the articles are exactly the same, just in Italian. So I got a copy of the same month in English and I was able to wade my way through, referring to the English when I got stuck. It was nice reading about something I'm interested in. 


Have a look for some Italian reader books for beginners. You should find websites, books and ebooks.

I struggle with the vocab but it is helping.

Lucia - Rocket Languages Tutor

When I was a kid, there was this publisher's series called Il battello a vapore ("The steamboat") with a huge selection of books for primary and middle school children. The series is still alive to this day (here's its official website: http://www.battelloavapore.it/), and some of them are not too childish. Here's the series catalogue: http://contenuti.edizpiemme.it/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/catalogo-bav-2016-1.pdf
See if you can understand what the synopsises say!



Ciao a tutti, hai una domanda!!! 

Does any of you know a  good italian book that a beginner learner of italian language can read? I wanna see how much I can understand if I read one of those books, dunno if any of you could help but I would appreciate it cuz I'm a bit confused about it, thanks in advance. :)



I have wondered the same myself and never found a really good one. I have quite a good Penguin dual text book in both English and Italian but it's hard work. Almost everything else is either too advanced or too childlike. 

I tend to to read blogs as they're written in more conversational Italian and I also use News in Slow Italian in which the language is quite advanced, but you can follow along while they talk. 



If you do a search of Italian newspapers you can pick some online newspapers to read in Italian. There are a number of them to choose from, so pick a topic that suits you for that particular day.



Voglio leggere questo:

"Il Mistero Della Vacca Intera" 

L'autore, Dario Cecchini  (aka Mac Dario), e un macellaio a Panzano in Chianti.



Questo e' un buon libro! 


Only £1.99 for a Kindle edition on Amazon. It has the Italian with the English below each sentence so great for beginners. 



Hi Ben,

That looks pretty good. What level is the language at? I have a couple of parallel texts but, even though it is very helpful, the language is way too advanced for my level.


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