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5 Podcasts for Learning Italian

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.

Listen to Quattro Stagioni on Spotify

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.

Listen to News in Slow Italian on Spotify

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.

Listen to Coffee Break Italian on Spotify

Further Reading: Learning Italian with 11 songs!

4. Podcast Italiano

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. 

Listen to Podcast Italiano on Spotify

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!

Listen to Con Parole Nostre on Spotify

Conclusion:

Learning Italian with podcasts is a great way to passively study the language. Podcasts help in many ways:

  1. They are a comparatively fun and less boring method to learn new words in a language
  2. They are informative
  3. Podcasts can be heard as many times as one wishes
  4. One can jot down important points by keeping a journal handy
  5. 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 🙂

Further Reading:

Check out Italian language books, worksheets and dictionaries here!

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27 Comments

  • Paula Guard
    February 8, 2021 at 2:29 am

    Love con parole nostre and podcast italiano, but find that coffee break Italian is a little slow, with too much English. Thanks for the recommendations!

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    • Italophilia
      February 8, 2021 at 4:38 pm

      Hi Paula, thanks so much for your comment. I think Coffee Break Italian is more for early intermediates and beginners. Yes, there is English involved 🙂

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  • Kathryn Occhipinti
    July 20, 2020 at 3:17 am

    Nice list! I agree with your choices and included all in a segment I write for Fra Noi Magazine in Chicago. I will look for the new Quattro Stagione now that I know about this new podcast. Thanks for keeping us up to date!

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    • Italophilia
      July 20, 2020 at 11:09 am

      Thank you for the suggestion, I’ll be sure to check it out tonight. Best from india.

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  • cookingwithloveandspices
    May 22, 2020 at 10:00 pm

    Hello Ishita:

    Thanks for visiting my blog. I have spent this down time to catch up on my life. I have gotten a lot done. Right now I am catching up on my blog and scheduling posts for every Saturday at noon Eastern Standard U.S. Time. Hope to be caught up by next week. Then I have to ready myself to go back to work in June. Next project after that is to finally crack open my Italian Rosetta Stone Kit and start learning Italian. Thanks for these tips.

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    • Italophilia
      May 24, 2020 at 1:03 pm

      Ciao Kamini!! You are such a talented cook. So glad to know you are catching up on things 🙂 Keep me posted on your Italian journey. Maybe we can help each other. ciao.

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      • cookingwithloveandspices
        May 24, 2020 at 5:16 pm

        Sure. I love Italy and I love your blog. What were you thinking of in terms of helping each other?

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        • Italophilia
          May 24, 2020 at 7:12 pm

          In the sense of learning Italian together. Maybe listening to a new podcast episode every week 🙂

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  • Em
    May 11, 2020 at 3:50 pm

    I also find “Learn with Lucrezia” “Vaporetto Italiano”, “Pensieri e Parole” and ” Italy Made Easy” are all excellent. I loved Al Dente, but I have not tried Con Parole Nostre…will do now!

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  • Ilene Modica
    January 2, 2020 at 8:50 pm

    Thank you for some new possibilities!

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    • Italophilia
      January 4, 2020 at 11:32 am

      Happy to share 🙂 How is your Italian?? especially seeing that you spent a year in Italy!

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  • bookwormmuse
    June 2, 2019 at 2:58 am

    Yes! Thank you for this one! I had been wondering about which podcasts could help me and it couldn’t have come at a better time. So, thank you!

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    • Italophilia
      June 2, 2019 at 10:54 am

      I’m so happy to help! Thanks for reading xx

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  • Sonia
    June 2, 2019 at 12:19 am

    There’s one that is particularly annoying to me and I’m so glad you didn’t mention it! Podcasts helped me so much when I was preparing for my move. I didn’t realize it until I got here and thought to myself, ‘hey… they said that phrase in my podcast!’

    I’ve just downloaded Con Nostre Parole and I can’t wait to listen to it!

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    • Italophilia
      June 2, 2019 at 10:53 am

      Oh really. I’m curious to know 😉 I’m sure they were a big help to you. Happy Sunday!

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  • Lorelle
    June 1, 2019 at 4:08 pm

    I’m actually in the middle of coffee break Italian as we speak. It’s a great podcast and it keeps me continually in touch with the language. Xx

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    • Italophilia
      June 1, 2019 at 5:52 pm

      Oh what a coincidence! And yes, it does. Buon divertimento. xx

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