Learning Italian by watching movies is a lot of fun! Not only is it a great method to improve language skills but also gives a way of a sneak peek into local life. In this post are 5 movies which can improve your Italian listening skills and vocabulary. This is a 3 part series post on learning Italian with Cinema check out the first part here and the second part here.
Learning Italian with Cinema -III
1. Pranzo di Ferragosto (2008)
Pranzo di Ferragosto centres around Ferragosto – an annual tradition and holiday in Italy that falls on Aug 15.
The movie is the story of a 40-something man in debt. It explores the typical Italian problems of a grown man staying with a demanding yet entertaining mother.
Pranzo di Ferragosto has stereotypical roles and shows how two characters become close on the day of Ferragosto! Highly recommend you to watch this movie for some laughs!
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2. Le Fate Ignoranti (2001)
Le Fate Ignoranti is a story of a recent widow who discovers that her late husband was gay!
The story unfolds as she ends up befriending the guy with whom her husband had slept with. Le Fate Ignoranti ends on a transforming note as always with movies starring Margherita Buy. The story is exceptional and makes a good watch for your language learning skills.
3. Generazione 1000 Euro (2009)
Generazione 1000 euro is a light romance of two friends who are living together.
Their lives take a turn when another woman joins their marketing company. This is a predictable story of how this woman and another of her female friend ends up comin in the story. You might be adding two and two together to imagine the story now.
Generazione 1000 euro is typical romantic comedy with highly likable characters. It is a good film to learn Italian with and is also relaxing.
4. Palio (2015)
Palio is a documentary revolving around the oldest horse race in the world.
It focuses on the ancient horse race of Siena and is another great way to immerse and understand the regional culture in Italy.
Palio is an eye opener and also a visual treat of a medieval horse race which is a way of life for the Sienese!! Highly recommend you to watch it.
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5. La Bella Addormentata nel Bosco (1959)
This movie will probably come as a surprise to you in this list but learning through children’s books and fairy tales is an excellent way of immersion.
La Bella Addormentata nel Bosco (The Sleeping Beauty) is literally like watching and living your childhood days in Italian.
Not only will you end up enjoying the old school drama but also learn new words and phrases that aren’t present in a “regular” film.
Learning Italian with Cinema is a great way to up your language skills. You learn the way locals speak, gesticulate and behave because these things no textbook can teach! Although the process of learning Italian (or any language) is lifelong, watching movies in Italian is a great way to amplify it.
My only goal is to be able to speak more confidently (even if little) when I’m in Italy next. I really want to see myself being more confident and fluent in the coming years.
That being said, I also dislike unnecessary “language pressure” because that rarely works. So my suggestion is to enjoy your language learning journey and stick to what YOU love.
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