Book to help English boy learn Italian
Thread poster: Jennifer Forbes

Jennifer 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,


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:
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.


P.S. Also

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


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!



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 Frenchicon_smile.gif

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.

For children, there is a very light linbk I can give you, but it is also for younger children than 12:

A rather well structured site (free of charge, even if promoted by a school)

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

After the first basical level steps, exercises (even with songs), passages, etc at

Very good, attractive and easy:

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...icon_smile.gif



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


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


Jennifer 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,


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.


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