the unconventional Italian friday night

Friday nights are all for the fun in Italy, but I won't ask you to come out for an aperitivo. 

I’ll give you a book to read, in Italian, even if you are a beginner.

I know you are tired at the end of the week and when you come home all you want is a glass of wine and your pj.

I’ll get you that glass of wine, juice, coffee (Ben&Jerry?) whatever you need to relax on your sofa, feet in the air, eyes on a book.

Profumo di zagara

A short story full of flavours and colors, a fresh perspective on Sicily reflects the new life perspective of the narrator.

(it’s only $20)

Wondering if a Story+Lesson is for you?


Learning a language on your own is an awesome experience, but it can be really challenging at times. It's not easy to find good resources at a reasonable price. The Story+Lessons are a book, a lesson, and a lot of practice all in one. And at the cost of less than a 1:1 class. Yes, solo-learner, these eBooks are perfect for you!

Busy Lady

Fem-preneur, mom-boss, biz-girl, 9-5er, our life is quite busy and we can't find the time to go to a weekly Italian class, not even online. But the Story+Lessons don't have any start/finish time, you just buy them and take your time to read and practice, totally schedule-friendly. So if you struggle with finding the time, yes, these Books are for you!

Italian student

You already study Italian in a school or with an online teacher, but you wouldn't mind some extra homework when you don't have class. You want to have a better understanding of grammar, you want to listen to another pronunciation, you want to challenge yourself further. Yes, Italian student, these eBooks are for you!


You love reading: nice smelling paper or eReader, it doesn't matter, you just read all the time. And you are learning Italian but it's still too difficult to read a real story in this language, something that is not from a text-book I mean. The Story+Lessons are real short stories, like... a real book. So, yes, lovely bookworm, these eBooks are for you!

This is not going to be a community, facebook group or anything that has to be done with other people.

There is just YOU, your (well-deserved) free time, your priorities, your interests – no kids or husbands around. And it can take how long you want, read all at once, read a few lines a day, read for 10 minutes a day, whatever works best for you.
If you were born in the 80s like me, or before, you probably had a favorite magazine. I remember waiting an entire month, then running to the newsstand to get my copy. And lock me in my room to read it all in peace.
Let’s do it again.

what's this all about?


You love reading but you are a beginner and you don't think it's possible for you to enjoy even a short story.


These are not just short stories, they are mini lessons with vocabulary, grammar and exercises.


Don't worry about pronunciation, it's all covered. You'll get the MP3 audio book too.

Now I want you to grab that glass of wine/juice/ice tea and go to your reading nook


There you have it, 600/1000 words in Italian to read without interruptions. You can use it to test your knowledge/progress or to follow along while listening to the MP3.


This section of the book contains prompts and exercises to help you understand the story better and to practice vocabulary learning and listenig skills.


Read the story again with the meaning of higlighted words on the right and grammar explanations of the parts in italics on the left.


I have added an audio version of the story so you can listen to the correct pronunciation and rythm of the Italian language.

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They have read a Story+Lesson and this is how they feel now:

"Profumo di Zagara" has really taken my taste for reading in Italian to the next level. It's a delightful and engaging experience. I usually have problems to finish reading texts in Italian, but this one totally caught my attention. The descriptions are so colorful and vivid. I felt transported to the places in the descriptions. Plus, I learned new vocabulary and got a great sense of accomplishment by finishing and understanding my first reading in Italian at one sitting. Totally recommended!
Estefanía Quevedo Lusby
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The unconventional Italian Friday night

A collection of short stories for beginner Italian learners. Enjoy reading even if you are just starting out with Italian. Each story comes in a “plain” version and a “full” version complete with vocabulary and grammar annotations. The audio book is also included so you can listen to the story and practice your pronunciation.