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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




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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