Fluent in Italian with Italianglot

Carmine Albanese

How do you become fluent in Italian? By listening, listening, listening, thus absorbing the language naturally and effortlessly. Your fluency is the goal of this podcast, but what sets it apart? Let me explain. I’m Carmine and my project for Italian learners is called Italianglot. I believe that to become fluent in a language, you need to: 1. immerse yourself in the language as much as possible (listening and reading); 2. engage with content that is interesting and captivating (you learn better when you enjoy it); 3. be curious and explore different topics each time (this way you can significantly expand your vocabulary). This podcast is designed to help you meet these three requirements. All of its episodes are organized into big categories (you’ll find them on my website – italianglot.com) which go from Italian culture, society, geography, history, cinema, music, television, and food to more general subjects such as science, technology, philosophy, literature, linguistics, etc. You can choose the topics that genuinely interest you or pique your curiosity. With diverse categories to explore, you'll never get bored, and having fun while keeping your brain curious is essential for language learning! Furthermore, on italianglot.com, you'll find valuable resources to make the most out of each episode: - A transcript with a vocabulary list that provides English translations and Italian definitions (along with visual aids) for the most important words and expressions in the text. - A worksheet containing comprehension, vocabulary, and grammar exercises. Why are these tools crucial? Sometimes, while listening to an episode, we focus on understanding the content, potentially missing out on new vocabulary and if we focus on new vocabulary, we stop paying attention to the general sense of what’s being said. So, after listening to an episode, follow these steps: 1. Listen to it again and take the comprehension tests in the worksheet (focus on understanding without worrying about vocabulary and grammar). 2. Read the transcript (ideally while listening to the episode again). Pause when you encounter a new word and refer to the vocabulary list. 3. Understand how to use the new words in various contexts, explore alternative ways to express the same concept in Italian, and practice constructing sentences using the vocabulary and grammar exercises on the worksheet. 4. Listen to the same episode repeatedly to thoroughly absorb all the new information you've acquired. So, do you want to impress Italians by discussing the legend behind the origin of Panettone, the landscape, economy, and traditions of Tuscany, a day in the life of an ancient citizen of Pompeii, or the scientific causes of rain, snow, and rainbows? If so, start listening to this podcast and enjoy your journey to becoming Fluent in Italian!

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