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Short Stories in Italian: New Penguin Parallel Texts [Kindle Edition]

Various , Nick Roberts
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)

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Product Description

Product Description

This is an all new version of the popular PARALLEL TEXT series, containing eight pieces of contemporary fiction in the original Italian and in English translation. Including stories by Calvino, Benni, Sciascia and Levi, this volume gives a fascinating insight into Italian culture and literature as well as providing an invaluable educational tool.

About the Author

Nick Roberts is a teacher of Italian at Eton College.

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 890 KB
  • Print Length: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin (30 Sep 1999)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003P9XDQG
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #69,133 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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49 of 50 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Try it 27 Dec 2008
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
When I opened the book at first I thought I had bitten off more than I could chew. I have been studying Italian for a few terms at evening class and regularly travel to Italy on business, but when I looked at the first story I couldn't understand a word. Then I flicked through the book and found a story that I could just about understand the first sentence of, and persevered with it. Gradually I have been able to understand every word and improve my vocabulary and grammar. The English translation is first class. It is not word for word - it translates Italian sayings and phrases into English equivalents. This will be a great help in improving my understanding of Italian, but it will require time and study.

One thing to bear in mind is that as these are stories they are nearly all in the past tense.
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80 of 89 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Useful, if lacking in taste... 16 Nov 2003
Format:Paperback
This is a useful little book, well aimed at school-level students of written Italian. The stories are by well known names, some very famous (e.g. Primo Levi). As works of literature, they are not all particularly inspiring. However, if you have the stomach to read about the somewhat disgusting sex-lives of unclean peasants (as occurs in one story), then it is fine.
A strong point is the notes about idiomatic usages, some of which are very useful, and indeed illuminating about life in modern Italy. I can confirm the accuracy of these notes.
Recommendable, on the whole. Indeed, I hope that the author will continue, and give us further volumes.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Super book but not for Kindle! 13 April 2011
Format:Paperback
I wouldn't recommend this for Kindle! Even on the smallest size text you have to flick forward at least 5 pages to find the English translation, it's nearly quicker to have a dictionary to hand! Really disappointed as the book itself is very good and the translations are very well done, I gave up by the first page and have now had to buy the book itself.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not designed for kindle 27 Nov 2012
By Mark
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Although the aim of this book - providing genuine literature for people learning Italian, rather than sometimes tedious purpose written readers - is much appreciated it is not easy to use on a kindle. A reformatted version allowing easier movement from the Italian to the English translation would be much appreciated.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars twin text italian english book 23 Mar 2014
By px24
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Very good. Have been learning Italian and found that there is such a thing as a twin text book. I believe it will help me to read and learn a good word bank of Italian and this will help me progress in my language learning.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
A very nice selection of short stories by contemporary Italian authors. However, anyone wishing to use the Kindle parallel text to move quickly from Italian to English should not purchase this. Even worse, it is impossible to set Italian as your default dictionary to look up individual words. Please rethink what you mean by parallel text for foriegn language Kindle products and find a way of setting another language as a default dictionary. Wish i'd got the hard back version...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not easy! 31 Jan 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Although I've been studying Italian for several years and am familiar with 8 tenses, the idiomatic translations of this book make it quite difficult to understand. I already own a copy of the Da Vinci Code in both Italian and English and find this very much easier, even though it's written in the past historic.
Hopefully, things will become easier as I progress through the book. It has well-written stories but it's just a bit hard!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars buy the print edition 2 Sep 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
this is a very worthwhile book especially suited to the more confident student. however one must buy the paperback edition . this works out badly on kindle as you must have this in a traditional book in order to be able tk see the English -Italian parallel text, and to make margin notes.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Good but not laid out well.
I had to buy the book after ordering the kindle edition. In the kindle edition the parallel text is at the end of the story, whereas in the book the parallel text is on the... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Duane Dickens
3.0 out of 5 stars Mix of interesting and dull stories
The main purpose was obviously to improve my Italian, so it did help me achieve my purpose in that respect. Read more
Published 2 months ago by kingham01
5.0 out of 5 stars Italian Short Stories : Racconti Italiano ( New Penguin Parallel Text...
As a means of aiding the study of language, the idea of parallel texts is an idea whose time has come. This book invites the reader
to sample modern literature in Italian. Read more
Published 2 months ago by stephen Walsh
3.0 out of 5 stars Great Idea
I bought this to try and teach myself Italian along with podcasts & cds, but its not that easy to use and is really for more advanced students.
Published 6 months ago by Lizzie Bennett
2.0 out of 5 stars Readablity
Not for the beginner and rather out-dated content; you had to be determine to see them through! I am still reading.
Published 14 months ago by Revisita
1.0 out of 5 stars New Penguin short stories in Italian.
I found the short stories very complicated to follow even in English! This made it much more difficult to find the equivalent in Italian. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Mrs. E. G
4.0 out of 5 stars Good
Interesting stories. Arrived in good condition. A Very good buy overall. I recommend to all those taking Italian further into A-Level or in university.
Published 15 months ago by batmanz
5.0 out of 5 stars enjoying this
If you already have a reasonable understanding of Italian vocabulary and grammar, these parallel texts are a good way to get more experience of the written language.
Published 15 months ago by Pollyanna
3.0 out of 5 stars Very interesting stories.
Ideal for someone who is very good in the Italian language. It has the stories in English also. and having read only one of the stories, I found the content absorbing. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Elsie Harbidge
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting stories
I have been studying Italian for about two years. I have bought Italian novels but struggled a bit with the dictionary because the sentence construction is so different. Read more
Published 19 months ago by J. Eyre
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