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First Italian Readings is a fantastic collection of short stories and excerpts from Italian literature that are perfect for beginners looking to improve their language skills. The book offers a diverse range of topics, from historical events to modern-day tales, making it engaging for readers of all interests. The text is clear and easy to understand, with vocabulary notes and comprehension questions provided to aid in comprehension. Overall, this book is a great resource for anyone looking to practice their Italian language skills while enjoying captivating stories from Italian authors. Highly recommended for language learners at any level!

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Heath's Modern Language Series


Selected and Edited, with Notes and Vocabulary



Professor of Romance Languages, Ohio State University

D. C. Heath & Co., Publishers Boston New York Chicago

Copyright, 1897. by B. L. Bowen.



In the study of Italian, as in that of French, "doubtless the best method of learning to read... is to read ." Copious reading should accompany and supplement the study of the essentials of grammar; and it is to supply material for such early reading that the present book has been prepared. The chief object has been, not to offer select specimens that should be representative of Italian literature, but to furnish easy, interesting stories and sketches for beginners.

Complete selections have in all cases been preferred to extracts; and these selections have, as far as possible, been arranged according to their degree of difficulty. In the interests of the class room as the editor understands them a special endeavor has been made to introduce stories that are bright and animated in tone, and to avoid, for the most part, the pathetic and melodramatic. It is, perhaps, not superfluous to add that in this respect there has been much to avoid... Continue reading book >>

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