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Was there a need for another book to speak Italian better and better?

Scritto da speakitalianmagically.com il 16 ottobre 2014

libri-640.JPGWas there a need for me to write another book to help you acquire the Italian language? Why am I asking myself and you this question? And why am I saying “was there a need” and not “is there a need”?

Because I did it again! I wrote another book about this subject, a subject that is accompanying my life since 2003, when - without any preparation - I gave my first Italian lesson to Kathryn, an American student. Since that moment, I started a path of discoveries and findings, that from time to time led me to put  in writing what I had learned.

This time I started where I had left in the book “The secrets of the Italian Language”… Not exactly, because it was for me a good opportunity to systematize and “express” my discoveries and experiences in written (and audio) format. So, I started again from motivation, not because I am able to motivate you to speak Italian very well, but because I really think that you need to be really motivated from the inside to keep on improving with this wonderful language - Italian!

So, I took (almost) everything that I know and I put it in the first part of the new book. What’s the title of the book? I wanted to title it “Gli altri segreti della lingua italiana per stranieri - The other secrets of the Italian language”, but the Englishwoman -  grazie Alison! - who revised the English part of it, told me that “More secrets of the Italian language” would sound much better. And I followed her advice.

In the second part of the book you are going to find practical lessons to help you absorb Italian with your whole brain. I am going to use two methods to help you do that. The first one is the TPR method. Basically I’ll tell you to take some actions and you are supposed to act them out. Why? Because if you use your body while listening to Italian, you’ll internalize and really absorb it. And then I’ll help you speak wit the TPRS method (Teaching proficiency through reading and storytelling). With this method I’ll tell you some stories from several points of view so that you’ll internalize grammar as well. And in the bonus page of the book you’ll find a lot of easy questions (in audio format) about these stories and you are supposed to answer these questions as fast as you can so that through repetitions you’ll automatize the answers and speaking Italian very well will became for you automatic . Then I’ll tell you about shadowing as well and the three ways I suggest you practice it.

In the third part I’ll be very explicit about 4 grammar points that I haven’t written about in the first volume of the series… I’ll tell you about the differences between imperfetto and passato prossimo so that you finally manage to absorb the proper use of them… I’ll tell you about the imperative mood and how to use it; and then the similarities between futuro and condizionale as far as their structure is concerned.

Last but not least you will find what I call la ciliegina sulla torta (the icing on the cake- in Italian we say the cherry on the cake) . What on earth could this be?

Throughout the book you will also listen to a long story   and the story is there for a reason: so that you’ll get a very important message and the message is… well… I’ll tell you just one part of this message… maybe in the video, or just right after it ;-)

[ Video Link: http://youtu.be/a8ksgiQqxV4 ]

You can speak Italian better and better and my goal is to help you realize that!

So, Was there a need for me to write another book to help you acquire the Italian language?

I’ll let you judge that on your own, perhaps by writing your own review on the website you’ll purchase it. I’ll be honored and grateful to read that.

On my side I can say that I have put 11 years of learning and teaching experience in this book. If you are following me through my blog you may know already some of the ideas that you’ll find there… but updated to what I think learning the Italian language should be nowadays.  I’ll just have to express my concluding thoughts before letting you you check some preview files of my latest book (the last one?)…

I wish you all the best in your learning path of the Italian language and anything else you are going to learn in your life because learning is wonderful. Learning, using, and acting upon what you learn is something really enjoyable, fun, wonderful because it’ll help you grow as a person and achieve all the things you are supposed to achieve in your life. So, Relax and enjoy your journey!

Now, you can preview the following free resources from the book:

 ipodhorizontal_600x400.png***Multimedia preview: get inside the book!

*** Podcast: with weekly readings from the book! 

*** Maps and drawings from the book!


Buon divertimento!


P.s.: Gli altri segreti della lingua italiana - More secrets of the Italian language is already available on most online bookstores... There are three versions: full color paperback edition, black and white paperback edition, and eBook edition. The first two options will let you get into a parallel reading experience. The eBook version will let you have a sequential reading experience - to keep compatibility with most reading devices.

P.s. 2: Share this article as much as you like it! Grazie mille!!!

P.s.3: If you think you won’t use it, please don’t buy it!!!!

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Willst du Italienisch im Handumdrehen lernen?

Scritto da speakitalianmagically.com il 15 dicembre 2012

What language is the title of this post in?

Well, actually, it’s in German! And I’ve never posted anything in German on this blog for several reasons!

First, because at the moment my German is a bit at a lower level than my English; second, because I would love to use this blog to practise my English as well as to convey interesting and updated content about what I am doing at the moment.

And what am I up right now?

I am very happy to tell you that I have been working to the German Edition of Speak Italian Magically and thanks to Claudia Petschull, a dear German student of mine, the project has come to light;-)

Whether you speak German or not, allow me to post a preview for Italienisch lernen im Handumdrehen!



Überleg dir, wie es wäre, wenn du auf einmal italienisch sprechen könntest - im Handumdrehen!
Du liest das hier - das bedeutet ja, dass du wirklich italienisch sprechen möchtest. Jetzt stell dir vor, du könntest es schon, auf einmal, und ganz fließend! Wie würde sich das wohl anfühlen? Wie würdest du dich fühlen? Aufgeregt? Glücklich? Na klar, beides!

Was wäre, wenn dir das Lernen selbst schon richtig Spaß machen würde? Wäre das nicht klasse?

Mit Italienisch lernen im Handumdrehen wirst du:
* durch Italien reisen und einige seiner schönsten Städte kennen lernen
* dich entspannt zurücklehnen und dir dabei mühelos neue italienische Worte und Redewendungen des Alltags einprägen
* zehn spannende Erlebnisreisen nach Italien und in die italienische Sprache unternehmen, bei denen es eine Hauptperson gibt: DICH!
* anfangen, auf italienisch zu denken
* dein Italienisch auffrischen, was du vielleicht früher eimal gelernt hast

Italienisch lernen im Handumdrehen bietet dir:

* Methoden für beschleunigtes Lernen, zum schnelleren Aufnehmen der Sprache
* Kein stures Auswendiglernen
* 20 Gratis Audio-Dateien, passend zu den Lektionen: jede Lektion einmal zweisprachig und einmal nur italienisch.
* Die italienischen Texte sind vom Autor selbst in authentischem Italienisch gesprochen

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A free Italian audio course for YOU!

Scritto da speakitalianmagically.com il 9 gennaio 2012

You are all invited to this FREE virtual event!


Just join and share with your friends interested in learning Italian. It is a podcast with the audio portion of Awaken Your Italian…For FREE! It’s 2012 and I want you to Awaken Your Italian! ;-)

So just by joining and sharing the above event you’ll get to know the link where to download

An audio course of over two hours of real Italian FOR FREE!

And it’s a different kind of course, because the goal of this is to EMPOWER you and make you FEEL GOOD while learning Italian.

You can listen to a preview of the audio (just 12 minutes, but you’ll get more than 2 hours if you join and share the event) below:

When will you get it?

 Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Just a couple of weeks!

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Awaken Your Italian! eBook available!

Scritto da speakitalianmagically.com il 27 dicembre 2011

Hello everyone!awaken your italian

Just a quick note to tell you that the eBook version of Awaken Your Italian! is available on Amazon.com!

They are offering it for FREE to launch it, only for today!

Here’s the link:

 Awaken Your Italian - Volume 1

I decided to spread the content of the paperback in 5 ebooks, so that you can try the approach and enjoy it…Then you can decide with your own time to go on with the lessons!

Every volume includes 2 audio files to download.

Here are the links to all volumes:

Volume 1 - Volume 2 - Volume 3 - Volume 4 - Volume 5

Remember that the paperback edition with all the content is available at:

Create Space

Insert the following discount code before checking out to save: 3264T874 Click here and Awaken Your Italian!

Buon divertimento e buon risveglio!!!;-)

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A guide to discover Tropea and nearby!

Scritto da speakitalianmagically.com il 26 giugno 2011

It’s finally available online and in its printed version the guide Pronto Estate 2011.

Click on the picture or here to flip through its pages for free!

Why am I writing about this guide? What has it to do with the learning of the Italian language? Well, one of the most effective ways to learn a foreign language is to read things that you are interested in and you understand. Professor Stephen Krashen says clearly so in his book “The power of reading”. And the guide Pronto Estate not only offers interesting contents, allowing you to discover the beauties of Tropea and nearby, but also comprehensible to the international audience. And how is all this possible?

The guide is written in three languages (Italian, German and English) and, even if translations are not literal, they will allow you to fully understand the text contents presented and to pretaste your holiday in Calabria. What is missing to make it an even more useful device to learn the Italian language?

The only missing thing is the audio!

Talking about this, it comes to my mind an ancient chinese proverb:

“I listen and forget, I read and understand, I see and remember, I do and learn”

So, what would happen if you read, listen, see and do at the same time?;-)

Start and click on the guide link, then open it, flip through its pages, look at it, print it, copy it on your Italian woorkbook and then come to Tropea and practise your Italian! How much faster would you learn?

This is only a little piece of advice of how you could use the guide…but as I was saying, the audio is missing, or it was missing, because I volunteered to record the reading of the guide and I put it at everyone’s disposal!

You can listen to a preview here:


All the rest will be available on http://www.podiobooks.com/title/pronto-estate-2011/  from June, 27th, for free!

Please bear in mind that this is advanced Italian, written for Italian people and not for foreigners. Anyway you will be able to understand it thanks to non literal translations that you can find on the downloadable pdf. If you are looking for easier Italian input click here!

If you want to read this article in Italian, click here!

Buon divertimento!

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How can you come to Tropea every time you want?

Scritto da speakitalianmagically.com il 6 febbraio 2011

Tropea isolaWhat if there’s a wonderful place you have been to and you would like to come back everytime you want? And what if you would like to visit this place even if you haven’t ever been there? Let’s take Tropea for instance. Have you been here? If not, have you ever heard of it? Whatever the answer, read this article through and you will discover it.

Everyone knows that we have 5 senses and we can learn through them so that we have a multisensorial learning experience.

In fact, with your sight you can imagine a crystal clear sea and a sunny beach.

With your nose  you can smell  the salty air.

With your hearing you can hear the gentle waves splashing near you.

With your sense of touch you can feel the sand on your feet and even take it in your hands.

With your (sense of) taste you can taste a good ice cream or anything you would like to taste on a beach.

Now watch the following video by Franco di Capua and imagine you are there.


How do you feel? Relaxed? Excited? Describe your feelings…

Now if you use all your five senses you can be in Tropea every time you want. And all the warm people of Tropea are waiting for you to make your time here wonderful!

 Tropea, my beloved home town, is also in Speak Italian Magically. In the second episode you will be actually guided on Tropea’s beach to enjoy a nice day at the beach!

 And if you want additional Italian input, you can listen to Impariamo l’italiano a Tropea for free, where you can discover that Tropea is not only beach!

 Buona domenica a tutti!


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