Ciao a tutti!!
Ok, if you have a Kindle and/or a Smart phone with the Amazon Kindle app; here is what you can do….just fyi, if you dare:
After I ordered it from Amazon.com (US), I found it was $4.00 cheaper on Amazon.it – strange, I know? Yes, the site is all in Italian, but I’m sure you can figure it out and if you have a regular Amazon account, it’s your same ID/Password!
Link to Il Volo new book on amazon.it Hope it works. For me it comes up 7.99 euros, which is just about $8.80 or so. When you place your order, it should be delivered automatically. If, for some reason, it doesn’t work, you can always order from regular US Amazon site.
When you do get it, open it up. I will admit to not being a very techy person, so if I can figure this out, you can too! That being said, here is how you can translate it paragraph by paragraph. First, I just put my finger on a word, not really knowing what I was hoping for, but a box popped up to download the Italian dictionary – so, I did that. Ok, now what? Pick a word and hold it down with your finger. It will “highlight.” Then, if you are lucky, a few things will “scroll” like a banner at the bottom, or top. Scroll across and you will come to something that says “translate.” You will see your word defined in English!
Yes, there is a way to do more than one word. It does take some practice though – just do a few words at a time and work up to one paragraph. I would not do more than one paragraph at a time, but you can try. Yes, this will take you a while, but it will be worth it!
To do more than one word, you will see the little “margin blockers?” that enclose the word you have chosen, or held down with your finger. If you take your finger and gently “move” the one on the right, you will see more than one word or sentence get highlighted. You can also drag your finger down to do the whole paragraph. Also on mine, in the translation box, you may see a little “speaker” symbol. If you click on that, it will TALK to you!!
If none of this works for you, you may need to find someone from the younger generation to show you. I’m sure they will be happy to do it! 🙂
Here are just a few of the first sentences of the intro, that I grabbed from the Amazon site, translated from Google Translate….
“Piero was sure to become a music teacher, Ignazio sang with passion but certainly not thought of success, Gianluca sang only for himself, because it made him feel good. In short, the music was in everyone’s future but none of them could have imagined that 25 April 2009, the fate would knock on the door and Il Volo was “born,” which in a few years has achieved international fame and the first places in the standings and in Italy in the world.”
I will tell you this – when I did the whole paragraph, then looked down into the little box with the translation, my heart literally skipped a little beat and it felt like I was opening this little treasure chest and they were speaking right to me as the words jumped off the page to my heart…
(my phone is a Samsung Galaxy S5 – not sure if things might be different for different models of phones…might also be easier for those of you with a tablet, since they are much bigger than a smart phone!)