If you’re studying and learning the Italian language like me and don’t live in Italy, I bet you are looking for ways to connect with the language. But what is the best way to learn Italian on your own?? Can Italian be learn through podcasts? I strongly believe podcasts can be hugely beneficial if you are studying the language. Not only do you get to know local words and nuances from the host but also understand the culture better! Podcasts are an excellent way to imbibe language learning in your day to day life. Here are 5 podcasts for learning Italian perfect for beginner to intermediate levels. Enjoy!
5 Podcasts for Learning Italian
1. Quattro Stagioni
One of the very first podcasts I ever listened to was “Quattro Stagioni“. A podcast for A2 leven and above, Quattro Stagioni is hosted by the lovely Alessandra Pasqui. The podcast has regular episodes every 2 weeks for a duration of about 4-6 minutes. I think that is the brilliance of this podcast because they really take into account today’s environment.
With our attention spans being so short these days, Quattro Stagioni is excellent! The podcast host makes sure to include every possible topic on the Italian culture and language. If you are a beginner, don’t worry too much on the vocabulary because Quattro Stagioni has transcriptions on their website.
2. News in Slow Italian
As the name suggests, this podcast is quite simply “News in Slow Italian“. It helps you learn Italian language at a slow and quiet pace. With has over 500 episodes and counting, News in Slow Italian is a podcast gives a view of not only Italy but everything about events across the world. If you download their app, there is an option of Change of Pace so that you can listen to the podcast at your pace.
If you’re an advanced learner you can increase the pace of the podcast too. News in Slow Italian is a perfect podcast for Intermediates too. Listen to News in Slow Italian on Spotify
3. Coffee Break Italian
A pioneer of Italian podcasts on the Internet, Coffee Break Italian is a gem of a find both for beginners and intermediates. With hosts Mark, Maurizio and Francesca, Coffee Break Italian offers Italian learning opportunities on the go.
You can make notes while listening to Coffee Break Italian because Francesca always shares cultural anecdotes and facts on the Italian language. I have noticed a huge difference in my Italian vocabulary simply because of regular listening to podcasts and music. Listen to Coffee Break Italian on Spotify
Podcast Italiano is another excellent podcast to help you improve your Italian listening skills if you are an intermediate or advanced speaker. Hosted by Davide Gemello, Podcast Italiano delves deep in the culture of Italy and includes both serious and fun topics (quarantine, LGBT, interviews with locals etc). This is a much longer podcast compared to the others mentioned in this post. Once you start listening, you’ll be addicted! While the host Davide also offers options for beginners, pre- intermediate, intermediates or advanced, I particularly feel the podcast is for intermediates and above. Davide highly recommends playing his podcasts again and again to retain more words. Listen to Podcast Italiano on Spotify
5. Con Parole Nostre
Three lovely Italian ladies, Barbara, Silvia and Elfin, started Con Parole Nostre.
This podcast has 67 episodes and is hosted by Italian language teachers who are zealous about their culture and land. While the podcast is now no longer active, I suggest you to still go through the old episodes and listen to them speaking. You might feel like you are sitting and chatting with three passionate friends over coffee. Con Parole Nostre is a breezy podcast and offers a pivotal and honest insight into the Italian culture! Listen to Con Parole Nostre on Spotify
Learning Italian with podcasts is a great way to passively study the language. Podcasts help in many ways:
- They are a more fun way to learn new words in a language
- They are informative and offer insights into the culture
- Podcasts can be repeatedly played
- Podcasts can be played on the go- anytime anywhere!
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