On the surface this is a story about a girl with i capelli lunghissimi who lives in un’alta torre with no stairs, no ladder, and definitely no ascensore. But it's also about different kinds of eroi, and the things we do to live sempre felici e contenti.
When a rich cappellaio tells people that his daughter can turn il fieno into gold, the king makes him prove it — or be fed to the coccodrilli! This is a story about bugiardi (liars), and maglieria (knitting), and whether you should really trust uno strano ometto with a funny laugh.
The story of a imperatore who is molto vanitoso, and loves bragging about his intelligence. But when a dishonest sarto sells him some vestiti stupefacenti, the emperor quickly discovers who the real imbecille is.
No spoilers! Our translations stay hidden until you need them. But if you do use them, we'll also explain those curly idioms and interesting expressions that give a language its color.
Listen as you read! Our audio versions are designed for learners: The native-speaker voice artists speak a little slower, and they have clear, neutral accents.
Grab the downloadable audio and our printer-friendly PDFs to use when you're travelling, commuting... or on a school network with slow wifi.
We waved a magic wand and turned these stories into videos. Incredibly useful for teachers and parents, and fun for everyone else too.
Hundreds of extra illustrations bring these stories to life. All these extra visual “clues” help you to follow the story, even if you don't quite understand all the words.
You might call them subtitles, but we call them magic tools for phrase-by-phrase highlighting! Watch the video to see how they work. (Of course, you can also just switch them off.)
Ditch the dusty old fairytale language that you'd never hear in everyday life. Instead, enjoy hearing stories in common, modern language. (But they still start with “once upon a time” and end “happily ever after”.)
Our writers, editors and translators have backgrounds in second language teaching. We squeeze in extra vocabulary, and use straightforward language to build confidence. Our stories are accessible for learners — but still challenging.
The most useful stories are the ones you (or the kids) want to listen to over and over again until you know them by heart. So we've added our own twists to the classic tales to make them satisfying for both kids and adults.
You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll chant "UN-DER-PANTS" while you're getting dressed. You'll love them.