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It’s the biggest conundrum of language learning:

How can you become an amazing Italian speaker when you’re short on time? It’s easy: 5 Minute Italian Short Stories for Beginners, that is. Let’s face it: We all have limited free time. So, how can you study Italian when you have only small shards of time available? Look no further: If you’re short on time, 5 Minute Italian Short Stories for Beginners will help you make the most of it.

The benefits of 5 Minute Italian Short Stories for Beginners:

Since short stories are, by nature, short, you can use them to squeeze a lot of Italian learning into a relatively small span of time.

Listening short stories is a great way to get quick, informal doses of Italian language practice.

Easy short stories in Italian offer exposure to simple, natural sentence structure. This makes them great for beginners just getting accustomed to the language and even intermediate speakers who want to maintain their language competency.

Best of all, short stories make great learning tools because they’re more entertaining than a textbook. Unless you’re a grammar nerd like me, listening to verb tables and agreement rules is no way to spend your 20 minutes of free time. Simply open up a short story and learn away!

How to learn italian with easy short stories:

Since these stories are often pretty straightforward, you’ll need a simple plan for learning effectively with them. To get the most out of your short story, I suggest this three-step approach:

  • Listen to the story for the gist, not the details. Focus on trying to understand the main ideas of the story: the characters, the major plot developments and the setting.
  • Listen to it again, but this time, do a careful listen. Keep track of unknown words, phrases, or grammatical constructions that are unfamiliar to you. Once you finish this listen, translate all the unfamiliar words and phrases and write them down in a notebook or on flashcards to help you remember them later.
  • Use the translations to listen to the story one final time. This allows you to understand the story fully and have quick access to the translations and explanations.

5 Minute Italian Short Stories for Beginners

This audiobook includes 25 short stories which cover everyday topics.

The best part is that the stories are broken into sections, and each section is followed by a word list of key translations. Again, this is perfect for those who want easy access to new vocabulary for smoother listening, and it helps listeners focus their learning.

Better yet, each story has a subsequent summary and multiple-choice questions. These questions are great to test comprehension and reinforce your Italian learning.

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  • Harry Noah
  • 11-07-2019

Wonderful, gentle and very funny

They work so well together and in my opinion bring out the best in each other. The fact that they play a slightly altered version of themselves is so clever and so believable that I'm certain some viewers will be entirely taken in by some of the racier elements of the story. In fact I'm sure both actors will have had some quite serious discussions with their families to set the record straight. Loved the scenery, the real sense of Italy, the fabulous foods and above all the hilarious back-and-forth between Rob and Steve.

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  • Oliver
  • 11-07-2019

Read the story for the gist, not the details

For beginners, reading and listening to short stories can be a fun and painless way of learning Italian. Easy Italian short stories will introduce you to new vocabulary and sentence structures, while the accompanying audio material will help you with listening comprehension. They easy if compared to a book. You also find an English translation to view in case you just can’t guess the meaning of the text.

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  • Leo Jacob
  • 11-07-2019

A realistic Portrait of Italy

Interesting format, fast paced, intense with pathos and beauty, a complex ode to Italy, but here Italy is everywhere. Surely, not to be judged on the likeness of a national portrait, but on the quality of the cuts and transitions. Very basic material: Waking up, cooking, eating lunch, going to bed, clouds passing, but sufficiently philosophical and fast so it never gets boring. There are a few temptations of YouTube here (animals, cats), but I can live with that. Worthwhile, not so much for what it may teach you about Italy, but for what it may show you about the love of humans for other humans.

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  • Jack Charlie
  • 11-07-2019

Personae at Play in Italy

Full story filled with their fairly boring faces while frustratingly, Italy, in all its green and aromatic glory is reduced to playing a background fleeting extra. Beautiful food is given a brisk token summary of a Benidorm-type review, while unbearable fractured Italian and pompous guide-book knowledge makes one wish their inflated boat would sink immediately with their over-inflated egos.

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  • Thomas Logan
  • 11-07-2019

THE QUICK & EASY FIX

With Italian, you don’t have a parade of silent letters, homographs, homonyms or letters pronounced as something else. (I’m not saying there are no exceptions, but it’s true for a great majority of Italian words.) Words that are pronounced exactly as they look, like amore (love), vino (wine) and antipasto (appetizer), not only make things more palatable but they also make the language much easier to learn.

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  • Oscar Arthur
  • 11-07-2019

Easy, Fast and Effective for Anyone

There’s just something about written words that make a language more tangible and specific. So you have your word lists, flashcards, lyrics and movie subtitles that help you get the language down pat. The challenge comes in those instances when the written form bears very little resemblance to how a word is actually pronounced, such as when silent letters occur.

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  • Archie Theo
  • 11-07-2019

Simply wonderful in its portrayal of humanity

If you know French, Spanish or Portuguese, chances are you already know a little bit of Italian. These languages belong to the same linguistic family, the Romance languages. They’re derived from Latin, the language spoken by the Romans. As a result, they have plenty of cognates, or words that look and sound very similar to one another. It’s often said that Spanish-speaking tourists can land in Italy and make their way around town just by relying on cognates.

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  • George
  • 11-07-2019

Self indulgent nonsense

Apart from the beautiful scenery, and a couple of chuckles, this was boring. Normally I enjoy these guys, but this just doesn't work. Watching two mates eating, and doing impressions every five minutes, with an attempt at being funny thrown in, was embarrassing. I was hoping for more views of an amazing journey, but was left feeling short changed in that department. Whilst both Rob and Steve are very clever in their own right, this union seemed more of a challenge to outdo each other. I thought this would be more of a documentary type of movie, but sadly I was mistaken. If you're die hard fans of the duo, I guess this is for you.

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  • Melanie
  • 15-10-2019

Great choice audio book about Learn Italian!

Love it! This book is really helping me to understand and speak Italian better. It is so much more interesting to listen a story than to do a grammar lesson from a textbook or even to repeat aloud on a tape. I will be buying more of these. Please keep publishing. Fabulous!

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  • Hadley
  • 15-10-2019

Well-spoken & interesting fact about Short Stories

I recently finished listening this book and it was a really nice listen! I am teaching myself Italian as a hobby and currently have what I consider to be an early intermediate level knowledge of the language. I was able to follow the gist of all the short stories in this book without much difficulty and the explanations of important words/expressions at the end of each chapter of a story were really helpful in further consolidating my understanding.

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