Do you also want to learn Italian by yourself ?
Over the years I have written several books for learners of the Italian language, almost all of them come with free audio (also on iTunes). Some of these unconventional books have also been adapted in other languages and are still available today in paperback and eBook format in the best online bookstores. Here is the answer to one of the most frequent questions that people ask me.
Which of your books can I start with?
Think in Italian! is a very simple booklet that uses the flash card method to let you acquire basic Italian structures. It contains 50 flash card with audio and is also available for free or in video-eBook format. Suitable for beginners (A1). If you think that flash cards are boring and don’t work for you, I suggest you not to use this booklet.
The Secrets of the Italian Language is a book with audio that favors an immersion in the Italian language, thanks to the full-length audio that can be listened free of charge even in podcast format on iTunes. Thanks to this book, you will get familiar with some basic language structures and you will learn how to easily acquire Italian through various techniques , also coming from the field of accelerated learning. You will do it in Italian and you will always have the full English translation to make sure you understand everything, so if you are a beginner you can read it first in English and then read it and listen to it in Italian. That’s why you can use it at different levels.
The ideal sequel to this book is More Secrets of the Italian Language, structured in the same way, in which you will find my updated ideas about learning and teaching, you’ll also discover many of the techniques I still use nowadays and you’ll also go even further with grammar. On the bonus page you will find the mp3s for listening the whole book in Italian.
Speak Italian Magically! – Parla l’italiano magicamente! is my first foray in the field of guided imagery in language learning and lets you relax as you imagine and experience Italian in Italy. You will find 10 guided visualization with downloadable audio (free of charge only for the paperback version, but you can try the first audios from this link by clicking on ‘free’), each one in two versions, bilingual or only in italian. That’s why you can use it at different levels. Some of my students also used it when they were false beginners (and some even when they were absolute beginners) with good results. An adapted version of this course is available for German-speaking students: Italienisch Lernen im Handumdrehen! After creating this book I also came with the idea of creating an English course for Italians: Speak English Magically! Parla l’inglese magicamente!
Guided imagery in language learning demo – Video in English with subtitles in Italian and English
Awaken your Italian! Awaken your Italian! is more or less structured the same way as Speak Italian Magically! and is its ideal sequel. There are 5 guided visualizations that will allow you to learn some mental training techniques that will help you speak better in Italian. Again, each visualization has two versions, bilingual and only in Italian. Although it can be used at different levels, I recommend using at least an intermediate level (B1), or after Speak Italian Magically! Most of the audios is also available for free on iTunes. An adapted version of this course is available for German-speaking students: Dein Italienisch wachgeküsst !: Lerne jetzt Italienisch durch mentales Training. After creating this book I also came with the idea of creating an English course for Italians: Awaken your English! Awaken your English!
Mappe e Storie in Italiano is a colored and to color album which is first of all a collection of stories, told through a special tool, those childish drawings, accompanied by words, that many call mind maps. If you are an Italian and you already speak the language, no matter if you are a child or an adult, you can simply enjoy the stories, reflecting on what they want to convey. If you are learning Italian, you can use it to improve your way of speaking this so musical language, perhaps by following the steps suggested inside. The book can be flipped, colored and even listened to. Thanks to the QR codes that you will find in it, you will have the opportunity to listen to the stories contained in it. Suggested from level A2.
Impariamo l’italiano a Tropea, written with Giuseppe Meligrana, is an only Italian book for those who want to discover or rediscover Tropea and the Italian language. Suggested from level A2. There are currently two versions of it, one of which with audio downloadable for free from iTunes.