Are you wondering how to improve your listening skills in Italian?

Well, nowadays there are amazing resources to develop your listening skills.

Let’s have a look at some useful tools and how to use them in an effective way!

  • Podcasts. Have you ever listened to nice podcasts on the way to work? They are a great option if you don’t have much time as you can choose their length and the topic that you prefer. There is such a wide choice! It is possible to use this resources on your laptop or on any smartphone or tablet getting the app: either way you can listen to podcasts online or download them for your tube ride. The best method is listening to each podcast more times: the challenge is understanding every time something more, starting from the general meaning and then going deeper and deeper! Try on iTunes or choose one of the players for Italian learners, like Pocket Casts, which allows you to slow down the track and skip back to listen again. It is a great practice!
  • Radio. If you are an advanced student, you might like the Italian radio programmes that mix news, current affairs, good music and gossip: they are a fantastic way to be exposed to the authentic common language and learn something about the Italian culture and customs. You can find good radio stations to listen to in streaming, for example RDS, Radio Italia, Radio 105, Rai Radio 1 and many more. In addition, most of these stations offer past episodes of specific programmes in case you missed something interesting!
  • Movies. Do you fancy a good Italian movie? If you are in Italy you can access the Rai website with loads of amazing contents for any taste, which unfortunately are not available abroad. If you are a Netflix user, you can find some great successes to watch with or without subtitles depending on how confident you feel: for example, you could watch some parts without to sharpen your ears and then check watching again with Italian subtitles. Moreover, try to search Italian movies or just some famous scenes on Youtube lasting few minutes: you could watch the scene putting it on mute to guess the content of a conversation and then listen to it to verify. Viceversa, if you want to test your listening you could listen without watching first and then watch the video and listen at the same time. In addition, on Youtube it is possible to find videos for students at any levels, so even a total beginner can practice and improve his listening skills!

It’s time to put your headphones on! Which resource do you prefer?