Watching Children's TV Helps

I post this in hopes that it helps others.

Along my journey learning Italian, I've struggled with being able to comprehend the spoken language. While still very much a beginner, reading comprehension has been the easiest for me by far. I stream radio and audiobooks whenever I can but after a bit, my attention wanders because my comprehension is low. Yes, there are aids out there that have slow speech but, to me, it's even worse than not understanding.

In the search for audio in Italian to improve my listening comprehension, having a two year-old at home with me made me realize I was overlooking a great resource: children's shows. I have found that because they are designed for children, the speech is slower without being unnatural and the diction is much clearer than trying to listen to a show designed for adults or an audiobook with speech that is often too fast for me to currently understand. Also, the vocabulary is on a lower level allowing me to feel more successful with comprehension. An added bonus is that my little one enjoys watching them and has picked up some of the language as well :)

Here are search results for two shows on YouTube that we watch frequently:

Peppa Pig in Italian

Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood

I have not checked the availability or quality of subtitles on those but have not felt they were needed in order to understand them.

I know eventually I'll be able to watch a show in Italian on Netflix and understand it, but for now this gives me a win.

September 30, 2017


That's an excellent idea!

October 1, 2017

thank you for this! I'm going to watch these with my three year old, who enjoys both of these shows.

October 1, 2017
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Why don't you try La Melevisione? (I linked just one episode but you should be able to find plenty of them)

It's not as easy as Peppa Pig, but you could keep the link, it's a nice program or at least I remember it being so :)

October 1, 2017

I will definitely hang on to this. Thanks!

October 4, 2017


October 3, 2017

I don't have kids so this is pretty cingey to watch by myself hahaha. But I'm gonna power through because this is a good idea.

October 7, 2017
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