Praticare Italiano

Me practicing my limited Italian in Roma. Giuliana explained to the Barista that I was her student and then instructed me to talk to him.

Me practicing my limited Italian in Roma. Giuliana explained to the Barista that I was her student and then said talk to him. He was very patient and sweet.

Sto imparando italiano. I am learning Italian. And I need a lot of practice. A LOT of practice. The beginning Italian classes with the club have been wonderful. Italian Social Hour is fun and I love listening to others who are fluent or native speakers.

But what about all the other days of the week in between classes? I need to fill my ears and mind with Italian words and sounds of spoken Italian. So I’m always on the lookout for ways to incorporate more learning and practice into my life.

Nothing compares to an Italian instructor and being in a classroom learning. But since I can’t keep Giuliana, Ellen, or Lorenzo in my back pocket to ask questions and practice with all day, I’ve had to find some other resources.

Here are a few of my favorites (so far, my list is growing and changing all the time):

Listening in the car – I commute each day to work about 35 minutes and listening to an Italian lesson or podcast in the car makes the drive more fun and the traffic less stressful.

  • Pimsleur – I’ve checked the CD’s out at the library and purchased some sections through Audible.com to have on my phone.
  • 30 Minute Italian Podcast –  I just recently found this podcast and I’m trying to catch up. I love Cher’s fun style.
  • Let’s Speak Italian Podcast –  this is the first podcast I ever listened too, it’s great and short and gives you some great vocab practice.

Apps and Online – I’m always attached to a computer or my iPhone so I love things I can do for a few minutes several times a day.

  • Memrise – is available both online and has an app for iPhone and Android. And it’s FREE!  This is my favorite right now.
  • Google Translate – I’ve been told not to rely on this because it’s not always accurate, but I use it often to check short phrases or look up a word. Both online and as an App.
  • WordReference – I just found this one and I haven’t used it much yet. You can search for a word in English or Italian and most words listen to the pronunciation.

Movies – If you have Netflix there are a lot of movies you can watch with and without subtitles. Here’s a few to start your list

  • Cinema Paradiso
  • Life is Beautiful
  • Marlena
  • Marriage Italian Style

YouTube – Oh YouTube you are such a fun way to waste time. But if you watch things in Italian you can call it learning. 🙂

  • Cartoons – watch something fun and that you are already familiar with like, Winnie the Pooh. Search for something your children watch(ed) or something from your childhood in Italian.
  • Music – There is a lot of Italian music available for every musical taste. Try this one (wow, can you believe the voices on those young men?!?!) or this one (just a fun summer song).
  • Lessons – There are also many Italian lessons available on YouTube, just do a quick search and you’re sure to find something that will help with your listening and pronunciation skills.

If a new Fiat really came with an Italian family I would rush right out and buy one. Wouldn’t that be cool to have them in the backseat!!

Do you have any favorite resources for learning Italian? Favorite movies or YouTube clips? Please share in the comments, I would love to expand my list.

Comments

  1. I just tested Google Translate, again, it is not good, except for the simplest phrases.
    Don’t use it…
    barbara

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