Daily listening to the language we are trying to learn is a fundamental part of learning a language. There are diverse ways to achieve this. But, here in this post, we will focus on using Italian podcasts.
Whenever I share some of my experience learning Italian, there is a part I never leave out. And that is the hours that I spent every day with my headphones on, listening to audio files in Italian. After some time of persevering in this, the results were surprising, even to me!
You can also devote time listening to Italian podcasts:
So, it may surprise you how much time of the day you can set aside for listening. I will 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 podcasts all day long?
There are some daily activities where you can not actively listen. These are activities that demand your full attention. For example, you cannot study for your physics exam and actively listen to an Italian podcast. Studying physics will occupy your mind leaving no room for something else.
But there are many tasks you do every day 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 to when learning Italian?
First of all, you must listen to things that you find interesting. Please, start by listening to content that will not involve effort on your part to pay attention.
And based on your level of Italian (or any other language you are learning), accordingly choose the audio content. Thus, if you are only starting, you should select material designed for kids. As your level of Italian gets higher, you may have more options.
Do you understand baseball? Once you have advanced in the language you are learning, you could also set your infielders for a double play. In other words, select audio content that enables you to acquire knowledge of something you are interested in learning. But at the same time, learn it in Italian.
I am not the only one suggesting podcasts for learning languages. You could check the advice of other bloggers too.
So, a tedious activity like mowing the lawn can become a very productive time in which:
1. You will end up having your lawn mowed.
2. You will learn more about quantum physics (imagining you are interested in it). Although it may seem to be an advanced topic, why not listen to people talking about it in Italian?
3. You will progress in your comprehension of Italian.
Using podcasts and audiobooks in Italian:
We have presented how important it is to listen to the language every day. The most logical way to go is podcasts and audiobooks. The possibilities and options are vast.
But there is a platform that I have recently joined, and it focuses on listening. I want to share with you my discovery.
I did not know about this platform when I was learning Italian. And I lament I did not take advantage of it. However, you do not have to repeat my story.
The name of the platform is Innovative Languages. It delivers a podcast-style language learning course.
I joined the Italian unit of Innovative Languages, which is Italianpod101. Besides Italian, there are other 33 languages on the platform you could check.
I’m sure you have comprehended the importance of listening to your target language. Start today exploring the options you have to fill your day with Italian. And I also recommend you check out Innovative Languages podcasts. Click here to read more about Italianpod101.