1. Are we ready?


The dogs Kira and Cody are on vacation in the mountains with Padroncina (Mom) and Amicone (Buddy). But this is not a very relaxing vacation! Read and listen to a story in Italian with 15 short chapters and live a very adventurous and thrilling vacation! With this story you’ll improve your Italian, particularly your listening and reading skills, and your vocabulary. The story is suitable for beginners and more advanced learners.

Siamo pronti?

Padroncina and Amicone want to go hiking. Are we ready to leave?


Siamo pronti?

«Sarà una bellissima camminata!» dice Padroncina di buon umore, in una mano la cartina con l’itinerario e nell’altra una tazzina di caffè. È la mattina del primo giorno di vacanza e sono già molto emozionata. Ieri il viaggio è stato molto faticoso e stanotte ho dormito come un sasso, ma ora sono pronta per trascorrere una bellissima giornata nella natura!

Anche Amicone è in vacanza con noi. Amicone è il mio umano preferito – dopo Padroncina ovviamente – ed è il mio grande amico. Per questo lo chiamo Amicone!
«Sacco a pelo, torcia, borraccia,…» mormora lui tra sé e sé mentre controlla lo zaino.
«Penso che abbiamo preso tutto» dice infine chiudendo la zip. «Siamo pronti?»
«Devo solo lavarmi i denti» dice Padroncina. Mette la cartina nel suo zaino e sciacqua velocemente la tazzina nel lavandino. Poi corre in bagno, afferra spazzolino e dentifricio e inizia a lavarsi i denti.

Cody ed io scodinzoliamo felici e corriamo alla porta. Noi siamo già pronti!


1. Are we ready?
«This will be a nice hike*», says Mom in a good mood, with the route map in one hand and a cup of coffee in the other. It is the morning of the first day of our vacation and I am already very excited. The trip yesterday was very exhausting and last night I slept like a rock, but now I am ready to spend a nice day in nature!

Buddy is also on vacation with us. Buddy is my favourite person – after Mom of course – and he is my big friend. Therefore I call him Buddy!
«Sleeping bag, flashlight, water bottle,…» he mumbles to himself while checking his backpack.
«I think we have everything» he finally says and closes the zipper. «Are we ready?»
«I just have to brush my teeth» says Mom. She puts the map in her backpack and quickly rinses the cup in the sink. Then she runs into the bathroom, gets toothbrush and toothpaste and starts brushing her teeth. Cody and I happily wag our tails and run for the door.
We’re ready!

*la camminata hike, walk
fare una camminata to hike
camminare to walk

anche: fare un’escursione go for a hike / make an excursion

la passeggiata walk, stroll
fare una passeggiata to go for a walk / stroll
passeggiare to stroll

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