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Best books for adults (and for kids) when learning Italian

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Best books for adults (and for kids) when learning Italian

We have always hit home that out of the four main components – reading, writing, listening and speaking Italian how important it is to speak the Italian language, this is probably the most difficult of the four but by reading Italian out loud this can build your confidence significantly. To try and help you with your Italian,whether it be at a basic level for a holiday or for a more advanced level if you are contemplating moving to Italy I’d like to show you what I consider to be the best books for adults (and for kids) when learning Italian

 

For Adults

 

Some of the books I used that were useful can be found on Amazon at varying prices:

 

First Italian Reader: A Beginner’s Dual-Language Book (Dover Dual Language Italian)

 

Easy Italian Reader, Premium 2nd Edition: A Three-Part Text for Beginning Students

 

Read and Think Italian with Audio CD (Read & Think)

 

Italian Short Stories: Racconti Italiano

 

For Children

 

Juniors

 

First Thousand Words in Italian by Heather Amery

 

Italian for Beginners (Language Guides) by Angela Wilkes

 

Everyday Words Flashcards: Italian

 

Alice in Wonderland / Alice nel Paese delle Meraviglie – a great little dual language reader. Books like this were invaluable and were pretty good for us adults too at the early stages of learning.

 

Young kids

 

My First Bilingual Book – Animals  – their whole range is pretty good

 

Elmer’s Friends (Elmer Board Books)

 

Am I small? Io sono piccola?

 

Italian for Children (Language for Children Series)

 

Also to keep the kids engaged and motivated we used some workbooks:

 

Italian For Children by Catherine Bruzzone

 

Cool Kids Speak Italian by Joanne Leyland

 

Tutti insieme!: Part 2: Workbook

 

In addition one has access to quite a bit of Italian literature online. The main ones that I used were:

 

Children’s Library – this is the International children’s digital library, a library for the worlds children

 

Seperati – this one is in Italian but you can find many stories and fairytales for children

 

BookRix – depending on your children’s level you can find free books here (you can read online or download eBooks for free)

 

I also found that reading dual language articles helped tremendously and although this is not an online book website I highly recommend it. I used to subscribe to the magazine itself and there are

 

If books don’t take your fancy then there are newspaper and magazines to keep you occupied and the best resources for these can be found at Online Italian Newspapers and there are some great dual language articles at Italy magazine

 

If you know of any other books or book sites that may help our readers to learn Italian then please let me know by leaving a comment below or give us your thoughts on what you have read above.

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