Book to help English boy learn Italian
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Jenny Forbes  Identity Verified
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Nov 25, 2007

A friend has just asked me to recommend a book to help her 12-year old son (English) to learn Italian. The family is about to move to Milan. I recommended her to contact Grant & Cutler, the London foreign language bookshop, but I know nothing about books for children learning Italian. I also suggested he might get some of the Harry Potter books translated into Italian (apparently, he loves HP).
Have any Prozians any recommendations or suggestions?
Thanks in advance,
Jenny.


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Russell Jones  Identity Verified
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BBC for Children Nov 25, 2007

Hi Jenny

I have no experience of this but you might like to look at this website:
http://www.early-advantage.co.uk/product/MuzzyItalianTrialOptin.aspx
All the BBC language stuff I have had anything to do with has always seemed excellent.
I don't know about your experience of learning Italian but although I learnt much of mine from books, that was as a (fairly mature) adult and my biggest advances came from listening to tapes, over and over again. I suspect tapes would hold a 12 year old's interest better and would be of more immediate practical benefit if actually living in Italy.
HTH

Russell

P.S. Also http://www.amazon.co.uk/Hear-Say-Kids-Guide-Learning-Italian/dp/1591253527
http://www.clanbrandon.co.uk/book-shop/aa%20essential%20italian%20for%20kids%20phrases%20teacher%20never%20told%20you%20aa%20essential%20phrase%20book%20wina%20gunn_0749530391.html

[Edited at 2007-11-25 15:14]


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Giuseppina Gatta, MA (Hons)
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Agree with Russell Nov 25, 2007

Hi Jenny, I would suggest to use the Internet, as Russell says, and the BBC free Italian course seems very good.

Books are kind of boring and obsolete to learn a language, nowadays, especially for children!

Giusi


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Cristina Bignami  Identity Verified
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Try with this short list Nov 25, 2007

Hi Jenny!

Usually, I help Italian people with English or French

Anyway, the BBC site is very good, set on English Educational standard, as Russell suggests.

There is also an on-line course on Rai International website, but I never used it, so I can't grant for it, even if it's strictly thought for foreigners living in Italy. http://www.italica.rai.it/lingua/corso.htm

For children, there is a very light linbk I can give you, but it is also for younger children than 12: http://www.enchantedlearning.com/Home.html

A rather well structured site (free of charge, even if promoted by a school)
http://www.oneworlditaliano.com/

A verb lab with the possibility to build the irregulars (but it is all in Italian, it can be used as a support to study this Grammar section), but you should already understand something. An impressive point: it is created and renewed by the University of Toronto
http://lab.chass.utoronto.ca/italian/verbi/modello.html

After the first basical level steps, exercises (even with songs), passages, etc at http://webs.racocatala.cat/llengua/it/index.html

http://academic.brooklyn.cuny.edu/modlang/carasi/site/pageone.html

Very good, attractive and easy:
http://www.quia.com/shared/italian/

http://www.socrates-me-too.org/LINGUE.htm

I hope I could be helpful. Let me know if you really need a book, but it's not so funny for a child.

Keep on films, cartoons, websites. It's easier.

If he loves HP, try with it, but a further step. The translation is not so easy as it may seems ans some passages have been changed from the orginal to optimize it, so...

Cristina


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Angie Garbarino  Identity Verified
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In case you prefer a book... Nov 25, 2007

I highly recommend
"Uno" Corso comunicativo di italiano per stranieri, (exercises book and learning book) there are 2 levels, "Uno" and "Due"

By Bonacci Editore

I use it for teaching Italian and in my opinion it is very good.

Bye bye

Angio

[Edited at 2007-11-25 22:08]


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Jenny Forbes  Identity Verified
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Many thanks Nov 26, 2007

Thank you, everyone, for your good ideas and advice which I shall pass on to my friend.
Grazie e Auguri,
Jenny.


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Marta Bevanda  Identity Verified
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Magazines Nov 26, 2007

As a child I had a subscription to one of these magazines (the French version, that is) and I absolutely loved them! They are made especially for kids and as far as I can remeber they were great fun - at least from the point of view of somebody who was a child 20 years ago...
I've seen on thier web site that you can even dowload an issue, to see whether it's what you are looking for.
http://www.elimagazines.com/magazines/italiano.htm
http://www.elimagazines.com/magazines/azzurro/index.htm
http://www.elimagazines.com/issue1/index.htm
HTH,
Marta


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