Use Italian podcasts to learn the language

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Those of you that have been following this blog for some time may have noted I place a lot of importance on daily listening the language we’re trying to learn. There are diverse ways to accomplish this but here on this post we’ll specifically address using Italian podcasts.

Every time I share a bit of my experience learning Italian, I always mention those hours I spent daily with my headphones on, listening to audio files in Italian. After some time consistently doing this, even I was amazed with the results.

You can also devote time to listen to people talking in Italian:

You may be surprised how much time of the day you can purposely use for listening. I’ll just mention a few of these occasions:

1. Driving your car.

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2. Commuting to work.

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3. Cooking.

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4. Washing the dishes.

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5. Cleaning the house.

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6. Jogging.

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7. Lifting weights (if you train in a quiet environment).

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8. Waiting in line.

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9. Mowing the lawn.

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10. Painting the house.

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And the list could go on and on. But you get the point.

Can I listen to Italian all day long?

There are activities you carry out daily where you can not actively listen because what you’re doing demands your full attention. For example, you cannot study for your physics exam and actively listen and learn Italian. Your mind is fully occupied with studying physics.

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But there are many tasks you do daily that are second nature. In other words, you have done them so many times that you do them without thinking. So while doing these tasks, you could plug your headphones in and make this time even more productive.

What could you listen?

First of all, you must listen to things that are interesting to you. Please, start by listening to things that won’t involve an effort on your part to pay attention to them.

And based on your level of Italian (or any other language you’re learning), you choose the content of the audio. If you’re just starting, you should choose stuff that’s designed for kids. As your level of Italian gets higher, you may have more options.

Do you understand baseball? Once you’ve acquired certain level in the language you’re learning, you could also set your infielders for a double play. In other words, select audio content that enables you to learn something you’re interested in and at the same time learn it in Italian.

So, a boring activity as mowing the lawn can become a very productive time in which:

1. You’ll end up having your lawn mowed.

2. You’ll learn more about quantum physics (although it may seem to be it’s a topic that’s quite advanced, if you’re interested in it, why not listen to people talking about it in Italian?).

3. You’ll progress in your comprehension of Italian.

Using podcasts and audio books in Italian:

Up to this point in this article, this is the most logical way to go. The possibilities and options are vast.

But there’s a platform that I’ve recently joined, personally checked out and I would like to share with all of you.

I didn’t know about this resource when I was learning Italian and I lament I didn’t take advantage of it. But you don’t have to repeat my story.

The platform is called Innovative Languages and it mainly delivers podcasts (but it also has quite a lengthy section of videos).

I joined the Italian unit of Innovative Languages. It is called Italianpod101. Besides Italian, there are 30 more languages on the platform you could learn.

For those of you that have comprehended the importance of listening to your target language as much as you can, I’d advise you to check out Innovative Languages podcasts. Click here to test drive the Italian podcast for free.

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16 thoughts on “Use Italian podcasts to learn the language”

  1. I’ve been a language lover. By far, I speak 4 languages as a native speaker, and I am continue learning new ones. Italian is one of my lists.

    I know that listening to podcasts is one of the best ways to study. Because they provide relatively higher quality content and experience. And your advise of learning relating interests to Italian sounds really good. I have never tried that and I think I’m gonna try it out.

    Honestly thank you for the content.

    1. Hi Yalqun. Thank you very much for stopping by. I appreciate you’ve shared some of your experience learning languages and how listening to podcasts helps.

      I’m glad to hear Italian is in your list. Hope to see you again around my humble site soon. Keep well!

  2. Honestly, I like this post, simple and straightforward. I like your site, I’ll bookmark it! Not very often you get this cool feeling when you enter a site.

    Would newbies as me also benefit from listening to podcasts? My mind has already started rushing thinking in all the podcasts I like in English and how I’ll search for equivalents in Italian.

    Does this podcast you mentioned at the end of your post have explanations in English? It would be the ideal for us to get started.

    1. Hi Rose! Yes, newbies can also benefit from podcasts. And as you’ve mentioned, I also think that starting with Italianpod101 would be your best choice. Yes, they have explanations in English.

  3. I love learning languages. Normally I attempt to learn them slowly over a long period of time, just because of time constraints. But using a podcast to learn a language is honestly something I hadn’t even thought of. And I love podcasts! If I can find some nice podcasts in Italian, I might start using them. I’ve gotten pretty fluent in Spanish, and I’ll now begin with Italian.

    1. Hi Erika. Having archived fluency in Spanish will give you tremendous advantage when you start learning Italian. Yes, use Italian podcasts. You’re already used to listening to podcasts, now all you’ll do is replace the language! 

  4. I haven’t been using podcasts and I’ll try them. But I’d like to share with you what has worked for me. 

    I’m currently learning the Scandinavian languages of Norwegian, Danish, and Swedish (they’re very similar). And I also like to listen to some of my favorite bands from that area who at times will write and sing their songs in their native languages. So listening to this type of music while working out makes me get familiarized with vocabulary. I check the lyrics and translate them and after sometime I start recognizing some of those words in other songs.

    1. Hi Todd! Thanks for sharing this insight. Yeah, this is a cool way to complement your language learning process. You enjoy the songs and a the same time you digest part of their culture. Listening to songs in the new language is an excellent idea!

  5. Great article and a timely reminder that you don’t just need to sit down and study at a specific time to actively learn.

    A few years ago, I taught myself the Thai language via a Book and CD system. I would go through each lessons at least twice and then play them again at dinner time or other non-study times as a reminder and as practice. It certainly is a tactic and method that works.

    1. Hi Lawrence! I’m glad you’ve found from your own experience that this technique works. Listening during non-study time can really make a huge difference. Thanks for sharing your experience with us here. It’s much appreciated!

  6. With all this that has been happening in Italy I’ve started to listen to Euronews in diretta, which means I stream it directly in Italian. I have friends and relatives there and I understand the language, at least the basics.

    I was planing a trip to go visit my family but with all this, I will have to reprogram my trip. It will give me time to learn a bit more Italian and I will continue to do it with audio content. I enjoy listening!

    I’d like to check this Italian podcast you mentioned at the end of your post too. It would be interesting to complement my learning with them. 

    1. Hi Juliet! Yeah, this that is happening in Italy is terrible. Fortunately during these past three days things seem to be slightly improving.

      Listening to the news is a great way to keep in touch with the language. Good for you!

      I think Italianpod101, aimed at learning Italian, will help you too! Yes, check it out!

  7. Listening in our native language is important! Listening in a foreign language is even more important!
    I hadn’t thought in the relationship between how many hours we actively listen to a language and how good we become at understanding it, but there must be a link. With our native language, we just listened during the first years of our lives and then slowly begun to produce our own words. When we enroll in a chorus, they’ll sit us on the bench for about 3 months, just listening. And then we can begin to sing.
    I’ll check this Italian podcast you mentioned. Thanks for this interesting read.

    1. Hi David. Thank you for sharing with us these 2 interesting points: we listen to our native language for years before we start talking and we have to listen for some months when we join a chorus before we start singing.
      In this age of instant gratification, we all want to talk and sing just from the start. It shows how important listening consistently really is.

  8. Awesome article! I know and understand a few words in Italian. But after reading your article and connecting it with my own experience, I believe that if I commit to your recommendations of daily listening to the language for a year, I could end up communicate effectively in Italian too. You have encouraged me to try this rather easy technique.
    By the way, I like your site a lot! Keep up with the awesome work here. Ciao!

    1. Hi Ivan. Thank you very much for your good comments about this site and this post. I’m glad you found them useful.
      It’s good you have arrived to this conclusion and please do try this technique. I’d like to hear from you regularly to see how’s it going! All the best with this goal!

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