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.
2. Commuting to work.
4. Washing the dishes.
5. Cleaning the house.
7. Lifting weights (if you train in a quiet environment).
8. Waiting in line.
9. Mowing the lawn.
10. Painting the house.
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.
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.