Italian Resources discussion!
I just made this post so that the Italian community could contribute and show others what sites they use to aid them with their writing, reading, speaking and listening skills. I will list the sites and resources I use on a daily/weekly basis :)
EuroNews in Italian- https://www.youtube.com/user/euronewsit This channel publishes daily news clips in Italian, with the Italian subtitles in the description so it's easier to follow. It is a good listening and reading resource but it goes quite fast, more for the advanced Italian learners :)
BookboxInc- https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL274CBF1217E95DC7 This is a playlist of some children stories in Italian. The speaker doesn't go incredibly fast compared to EuroNews, and it's good for listening and reading, with subtitles on the videos.
TheItalianExperiment- http://www.theitalianexperiment.com/stories/ Again, similar to the BookboxInc channel but without video. There is a speaker for the story and you also have the option to see the English translation. (Credit to https://www.duolingo.com/warmnoodle)
Italian remakes of English hit songs- These guys produce Italian remakes of English hit songs, with the English lyrics on screen. Good resource for listening and picking up a few words. https://www.youtube.com/user/fakementranslations https://www.youtube.com/user/asganawaydeejay https://www.youtube.com/user/fakemenofficial
LiveMocha- http://livemocha.com Now this isn't something I use on a daily or sometimes even weekly basis but it's really good for brushing up your speaking skills. It's got the option for you to submit your spoken Italian to native speakers and they will mark it. I also used this to reach a good level in my conversational Italian as Duolingo wasn't really reaching that point, but I'm still early in the tree :)
Now it's your turn :) Feel free to share some of the resources you use to improve your Italian skills
I like Podclub's Al Dente podcast (http://podclub.ch/index.php/it/transmissioni/al-dente-i). They're free and you can download the audio and transcripts for offline use. It's intended for level A2/B1 listeners, so it's good for someone pretty far into their tree who wants to improve their listening skills and expand their vocab.
Thanks for the links!
Another great podcast is Radio Arlecchino (http://coerll.utexas.edu/ra/). The podcast finished its limited run in 2009, but the 22 episodes are still available on iTunes, and they cover a lot of ground. Each episode covers a particular component of Italian grammar and there is usually an associated story or play, and an accompanying PDF. It's put together by the University of Texas and it's all free. I recommend giving it a listen.
Your post actually covers most of my resources. One you didn't mention that I use quite a lot though is Memrise. It is really good for drilling to either increase your vocabulary, or to practice things like verb conjugation.
There are a lot of courses out there, and it depends what you need, but a couple of suggestions are:
For anyone having trouble with verb conjugation, this does the top 100 Italian verbs (basic present tense only):
For anyone getting stuck on those tricky verbs later in the tree, like the subjunctive:
(This particular link is for the 'present subjunctive' but if you click on the author of this course, he has done quite a few different verb courses, which I have found really useful).
I'm looking forward to seeing if anyone else has any other interesting resources.
The hardest part I find about verbs so far is actually knowing what they mean, the conjugation is fine with me so far :), but I haven't reached the hard stuff yet so that's probably why.
You mean you are struggling with learning the infinitive? Maybe you would like this one:
With your excellent English, you will find that quite a lot of the words are recognizable already. :)
I'm definitely going to check out that Euro News in Italian. One of my biggest dislikes about language courses is how the content you learn is usually totally useless. Right now I started using News In Slow Italian : http://www.newsinslowitalian.com/ It is a subscription service but it's not that expensive. Something like $40 for six months.
I love cycling and Sport so try and read in Italian the ciclismo pages on gazzetta dello sport
My girlfriend is russian and she is learning italian. I found it really hard for her to find some resources to give her some material to work on without me.
I am blogging a bit in my free time on tumblr, here my 2 cents, if you are interested in. I put there songs + lyrics on http://departmentofitalianthings.tumblr.com/ , some grammar and podcasts + transcript on http://italianlanguagedepot.tumblr.com/ and spare words on http://everywordinitalian.tumblr.com/ , some cute villages and towns here http://allthesmallplacesinitaly.tumblr.com/ and other info :)
main blog is:
Please do not hesitate to send in a message if you need a movie or some material to work on, I am already doing this work to help my girl, so it is really no problem.
Thank you so much for the LiveMocha link. It's great! And a nice change from that out of breath robotic Italian voice on Duolingo. I know there is a new one in beta but I don't have it yet...
thanks a lot, I'm going to check all this information :), buona giornata a tutti ¡¡