It’s fun to learn Italian reading folktales

mammuthus fairy tale

An excellent way to advance your Italian is to keep on reading in this language. It is great fun to learn Italian reading folktales. Language learning involves the development of receptive and productive skills. Reading and listening are receptive skills, whereas writing and speaking are productive. One thing that is necessary for you to do when you’re learning a language is to get involved with reading and listening in the language you are learning. If you manage to include these activities regularly in your daily life, your learning will surely improve significantly. You will even be surprised with your rapid progress.

When you are starting to learn a language obviously not all texts will be suitable for you as a beginner. One kind of text most appropriate at this level is the short narrative. It’s a great source of vocabulary and a magnificent way to begin interaction in the target language. However, it might be quite difficult to find reading materials which are appealing to you and at the same time easy to understand.

Book of fairy tales

Here’s a suggestion that has to do with the solution of this difficulty. Italian fables and folktales are very often interesting short stories. The themes of most fables are based on common daily life activities. This makes them a rich source of basic vocabulary which has been used to put simple narrative discourse together. Besides, folktales show important cultural aspects which the language learner must never ignore. You will also find some of the people’s generalized points of view and the influence that geographical distinctive elements have had on them. Reading Italian folktales give you a unique insight of some important historical and idiosyncratic aspects. Italian, as all other languages, is inner woven with the history and background of the people who speak it, therefore by reading these entertaining fiction tales you will not only learn Italian, you’ll learn about Italy and Italians, as well.

Train over bridge

You could select any Italian fables, however, I have found a book with outstanding features. It is just right to help you learn Italian. It has very interesting folktales, its vocabulary is simple, the syntax is ideal for beginners and the narrative discourse is very easy to understand.

The book I highly recommend for grown-ups and children alike is “Fiabe D’Italia” by Piumini & Gandini. Each fable in this edition is pinned to a geographical region in Italy.

In order to give you the flavor of the book, the English version of its first fable called “The Griffin’s Feather” is available. To read it, click here. So go ahead and have great fun as you learn Italian reading folktales!

To go over to Amazon and take a look at this book, click here.

8 thoughts on “It’s fun to learn Italian reading folktales”

  1. Great article! Italian is a beautiful language worth learning. It also opens doors to understanding other romance languages as well as Latin. The first book I read in Italian was I Promessi Sposi and then a lot of Montalbano by Camilleri.

    1. Hey, John! Thank you very much for stopping by! I greatly appreciate your comment. I agree with you, Italian opens doors to other romance languages. And it’s really great that you have already been reading Italian. You’re well acquainted with both Italian classical and popular literature. Reading in a foreign language brings many benefits. Thank you very much for sharing your experience!

  2. Great post with lots of info. I am just beginning to learn Spanish, but a lot of what you mention applies to learning any language.
    Great information and will be applying to my learning of Spanish. Perhaps Italian next!!

    1. Hey, Brad! Thank you for your words about the post. I really wish you all the best learning Spanish. And Italian and Spanish are closely related being both romance languages. You will always be welcome at this site, and I’m looking forward to continue hearing from you in the near future.

  3. Great article, and I entirely agree with your good advices of how to learn a foreign language. I am a German, and I had to learn English, Spanish and Japanese. However, for a beginner it is necessary to pass a language course first, where he/she can actually hear how these people speak to learn the pronunciation. Without it, he will speak the language with such a heavy accent, that nobody will be able to understand him.
    To your success
    Hellmut

    1. Yes, you’re right. Thank you very much for sharing your experience learning these 3 languages. You have first hand experience learning languages and I greatly appreciate your comment. Reading in the target language is a complement and taking a course or exposing yourself to native speakers is crucial. So, once you have covered the crucial aspect you can continue improving your language skills reading. All the best.

  4. Hi Henry!

    Thanks for this great article, and thanks for the link to the story, loved it. I’m French, live in an English-speaking world and am trying to learn Afrikaans. To me, the beauty of folks tales is that they get translated, so you can get familiar with the story in your home language to help you read it in Italian, or in any other language for that matter!

    When it comes to adding snippets of your new language in your life, I like to listen to songs and read (and make) local recipes in that language. It also teaches you about the culture…

    Btw, I’m using Mondly at the moment and I find it more user-friendly than Duolingo.

    Grazie mille, a dopo!

    1. Hello Isabel!

      I greatly appreciate your time stopping by to read this post and your comment. Yes, there is a particular beauty in folktales concerning the language and the culture they are presenting. While we’re learning a language, we also learn a bit of the background of that language by listening or reading its fables.

      Concerning recipes, I think it’s a great idea. You’re literally tasting the flavor of the culture that brings the language to life.
      Songs have also been great while we’re learning a language, because they can stick with us. It’s easier to remember a song than a grammar rule.
      Thank you for recommending Mondly. Yes, it has some great features!

      Please continue to visit us. You’re always welcome here! 🙂

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