If you’re learning Italian 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?? It’s confusing, isn’t it?! This is where Italian podcasts come in picture! Podcasts are an excellent way to imbibe language learning in your day to day life. All you have to do is download an App on your phone, search for the podcast and hit play! I genuinely feel that if you are regular at listening to podcasts in your target language, you can master a lot of local nuances that you can’t usually do from textbooks. (yes, we need to speak to use those nuances) I love listening to a lot of podcasts, some completely random and some I’m a loyal fan of. These 5 podcasts for learning Italian are perfect for beginners as well as intermediates.
5 Podcasts for Learning Italian
1. Al Dente to Quattro Stagioni
One of the very first podcasts I ever listened to was Al Dente from Podclub. Their service ended in September 2019 after which they started a new podcast called “Quattro Stagioni” for A2 learners and intermediates!
Quattro Stagioni is a podcast by Alessandra Pasqui, usually hosted by Laura. There’s a new episode every 2 weeks for a duration of about 4-6 minutes. Quattro Stagioni has exercises and transcriptions on their website and is an excellent way to understand more about the Italian culture, travel and art.
2. News in Slow Italian
This is a great podcast to help you learn Italian slowly. As the name suggests, it simply is “News in Slow Italian” with has over 300 episodes about everything under the sun!! All you have to do as a listener is choose the episode and play! On their app, if you don’t wish to sign up, you can even listen to the content for free without adding your login details!
The best part of this podcast is that on the App there is an option called Change of Pace to listen to podcasts at YOUR pace. If you’re an advanced learner you can increase the pace of the podcast and if you’re a beginner you can make it slow. News in Slow Italian is a perfect podcast for Intermediates like me.
3. Coffee Break Italian
One of the most popular Italian podcasts on the Internet, Coffee Break Italian is a gem!! It is another of the old podcasts I’ve been listening to for a while. With hosts Mark 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. The duo also offer a free podcast library where you can play podcasts to your heart’s content. I noticed a difference in my Italian vocabulary simply because of my regular listening to podcasts and music. But I think this podcast is mostly for early intermediates and not for advanced learners. So choose accordingly.
Podcast Italiano is another excellent podcast to help you improve your Italian listening skills. 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 but once you start listening, you’ll be addicted. I usually listen to Podcast Italiano when I’m most fresh. There is so much you can understand about Italy with the host Davide that it is almost a crime that I don’t have more time!
Podcast Italiano offers options for beginners, pre- intermediate, intermediates or advanced. So depending on your level, choose what to listen to! Davide highly recommends playing his podcasts again and again to retain more words.
5. Con Parole Nostre
Three lovely ladies from Italy but living in three different parts of the world started Con Parole Nostre. Con Parole Nostre is hosted by Barbara, Silvia and Elfin- Italian language teachers who are zealous about their culture and land.
Con Parole Nostre is a podcast that you’ll very much love because it is almost like sitting and chatting with three passionate friends over coffee. It is amazing how they talk about the most regular things of Italy and make it sound fun.
Con Parole Nostre is a breezy podcast and offers a pivotal and honest insight into the Italian culture!
Learning Italian with podcasts is a great way to passively study the language. Podcasts help in many ways:
- They are a comparatively fun and less boring method to learn new words in a language
- They are informative
- Podcasts can be heard as many times as one wishes
- One can jot down important points by keeping a journal handy
- You don’t have to be present at a certain time, podcasts can be played like the phone in your music, anytime anywhere! Listen to your heart’s content 🙂
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