Simple, entertaining Italian readings at all levels with slow audio, Italian transcript, and English translation to help you improve your listening and reading skills.
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Italian readings to practice reading and listening
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How to Learn Italian with these Readings
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How reading can make you fluent in Italian
Reading is an essential part of language learning. Italian readings help you improve your proficiency in the Italian language in all aspects: vocabulary, grammar, speaking, reading comprehension, pronunciation, etc.
How can you choose what to read to improve your Italian skills?
Most of the time, textbooks or workbooks can be boring. What you learn is not put into context, and you don’t know how or where to apply the words and sentences you have learned.
The first, basic requirement to learn Italian through reading is to enjoy what you read. This is essential to make learning easier and smoother.
When you read something you enjoy, you forget that you are learning. You become so interested in the plot that you naturally absorb new words and phrases.
Additionally, when what you read evokes an emotional reaction in you, you’ll easily remember it because the human brain is wired to react to emotions.
So, what are some good readings to learn Italian?
You can read a book, a conversation or a short story, or also the news.
Reading a short story in Italian works quite well for beginners who are still unfamiliar with Italian.
Italian short stories are often based on real-life situations and is very entertaining. You can read it as many times as you need and underline the words or phrases you don’t understand.
You can also practice your pronunciation by reading the story aloud and trying to summarize it using your words.
Short stories are beneficial also to advanced learners, who can sharpen their language skills and learn more complex expressions.
You can also read books in Italian. A book is often more challenging than a short story, (especially for beginners), but it is very beneficial.
When you read an Italian book, you can expand your Italian vocabulary and learn interesting or specific words that otherwise you wouldn’t find.
For example, if you read a book about gardening, you can get introduced to specific words that most probably, you won’t find in an Italian textbook.
To find an Italian book that suits your needs, firstly, be aware of your proficiency level. Are you a beginner or an advanced learner?
Then, choose a topic you know you’ll like or something in which you are interested.
You can also read the news in Italian to keep up with what’s happening in Italy and know more about Italian culture.
Reading a newspaper or an Italian news website is helpful to get informed about Italian society and learn slang or idiomatic expressions.
Finding an Italian reading online is easy as today many websites provide reading resources (such as conversation and short stories in Italian).
You can download them in PDF, together with the English translation, and practice your Italian skills.
There are plenty of choices If you want to learn Italian through reading, and the benefits are countless.
Reading in Italian allows you to improve your language skills naturally and put all that you learn in context.
Ciao! My name is Stefano. I am an Italian tutor and course author.
As a serial language learner, I’ve lectured in polyglot clubs about my method.
After learning 12 languages, I can tell you that we all master languages by listening and mimicking.
With my method, you’ll be speaking Italian from Lesson 1.
Italian language tutor, translator, polyglot