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Bilingual Book in English and Italian: Life of Basil - La vita di Basilico. Learn Italian Collection

33 pages8 minutes


Basil finds himself in a strange new pot and meets our other chatty little plants. They think they know some stuff, but when it comes to animals, they know nothing. One wild assumption followed by another gets them into big trouble. Next time they may not be so lucky!

This illustrated free bilingual book is for bilingual children and Italian language students with a basic or intermediate knowledge who want to study a dual language text in English and Italian. For ease of understanding, the languages are displayed together mostly one or two sentences at a time. The aim was to make translation as direct as possible but always using everyday language of native speakers. Reading this entertaining dual language book will help you develop your knowledge of the Italian language. We hope you enjoy the story.
Excerpt from the book
The first thing in his life that Basil remembered was cold air. A little girl put Basil's pot down on the front door step.
La prima cosa che Basilico ricordava della sua vita era l’aria fredda. Una ragazzina aveva portato il suo vaso da basso, sul gradino della porta d’entrata.

Next to the front door he saw a big flowerpot. It was bright blue and on it was painted a picture of an orange cat.
"What a scary animal!" thought Basil.
Accanto alla porta Basilico vide un grande vaso da fiori. Era di un color blu brillante e vi ci era dipinto un gatto arancione.
“Che paura mi fa questo animale!”, pensó Basilico.

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