I HAVE LAUNCHED A PODCAST SERIES FOR ITALIAN LEANERS!
WHY I CREATED 7 MINUTES IN SLOW ITALIAN
As a Language Coach, working with a large number of students, I have realized there is a shortage of content for listening comprehension for Italian beginners or intermediate learners.
As an avid language learner, the biggest obstacle I have always encountered is overcoming the plateau of listening comprehension in my target languages.
Being a visual learner I found out at my expenses that relying on the myth that putting on the Italian TV or Netflix in my target language was not helping me the way I needed.
And this is why I came out with 7 minutes in slow Italian. A podcast designed by an avid language learner to the benefit of students of Italian. A short and sweet Podcast in slow Italian, with transcript, that you can easily integrate into your routine as an independent Italian language learner or with your Italian course.
HOW 7 MINUTES IN SLOW ITALIAN CAN HELP YOU
My podcast in slow Italian is designed for advanced beginners and to intermediate learners and is thought to push the student to listen to an audio actively and take the time to reflect, memorize and eventually use the vocabulary in use.
The best way to improve your Italian listening comprehension, especially as a beginner, to listen to easy content, or comprehensible Italian content.
7 minutes in slow Italian is presented in two speeds: around 3 minutes in natural speed and 4 minutes in slow Italian. The purpose is to present you the language at a regular/fast pace and then allowing you the time to listen in slow motion, in order to pick up the words, tenses and sentences you missed in the first part.
7 minutes in slow Italian is short and easy to use: if you are a beginner or intermediate Italian learner, in order to make the most out of studying time, you should practice active listening. Active listening is not just listening for the sake of it. Instead, tt involves reflection on the language, the vocabulary in use and the ability to take notes. This why it must be short. Quality over quantity is the key.
7 minutes in slow Italian is interesting: when exploring a new place (let it be in Italy or abroad) I like to learn all about the interesting and quirky facts.. Cliché hasn’t ever picked my interests and I find it often downgrading. And this has led to the topics of my first Italiano Podcast.
7 minutes in slow Italian is memorable: the podcast talks about curiosities and interesting facts about Italy, I am sure you don’t know yet. This choice is not casual. Being exposed in a foreign language to something that is unusual or that you have heard for the first time, will help you better retain and internalize the information and memorize the vocabulary used. The input must be attractive to cement in your mind.
7 minutes in slow Italian isa podcast with transcript: I don’t expect you to know it all. I make sure there is a transcript for each podcast episode. There is evidence that most students learn visually – the transcript is a tool to help you out taking your notes and visualize the “missing parts”
7 minutes in slow Italian is a Podcast for beginners or intermediate learners seeking an actionable way to improve their listening comprehension in Italian and have wonderful conversations when in Italy. Remember, not only speaking, but especially understanding what is going around when you are in Italy will make the difference.
THE EPISODES - SEASON 1
The best way to use this Italian Podcast for intermediate learners
- Listen to the first part of the Podcast, in natural Italian
- Focus on the second part in slow Italian
- Listen to the entire audio and take notes of the vocabulary you want to retain
- Use the transcript and the vocabulary section to double-check your understanding
- Sprinkle your Italian conversations and lessons with the new learned vocabulary
The best way to use this Italian Podcast for beginners
- Listen to the second part of the Podcast (the slow one) and use it as a prompt for a dictation. Once you have written down your transcript, confront it with my transcription. Listen to the Podcast with a natural speed again.
- If it is still too difficult to understand, listen and read my transcript simultaneously.
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