Italian Podcasts for Beginners

Podcast for beginners and complete beginners 

Italian Pod 101

This is a multi-level podcast developed by innovative languages. Podcast101 is particularly suitable for beginners (including complete beginners) and lower-intermediate students. Why? Because each podcast is bite-sized and includes transcripts in Italian and English, vocabulary lists, and examples that are ready to use in your flashcards set. 

The majority of podcasts are in the form of two-person dialogues , which is significantly more efficient than learning from a single-person podcast.  Another advantage is that the episodes are organized by level and theme (e.g. speaking about the weather, introducing yourself, speaking Italian at the office).  

Quattro stagioni

This is a beginner and lower-intermediate level podcast . It was created by a professional Italian language teacher and releases a new episode every week about all things Italian (places, recipes, famous Italian personalities, etc). Each episode is roughly 5 minutes long, and the transcript can be purchased individually. This is excellent material for independent Italian learners as well as teachers who want to incorporate it into their Italian classes.

7 minutes in slow Italian 

7 minutes in slow Italian a podcast created where I talk about interesting and unique aspects (or places) throughout the Italian peninsula. Each episode is lasts about 7 minutes. The second part of the audio is a repetition in super slow Italian about the first part. The transcripts are available for free on my website.

3 tips on how to use a podcast content as a beginner and intermediate learner  
  • Follow the 70% rule: make sure the input is easy to understand and concise for you. At the very least, you should be able to understand 70% of the content. This should be tough enough for you to work out the rest  on your own. 
  • Listen actively: don’t waste time listening in your car or while doing something else (not at this level at least). Instead, take notes on how the language is structured, particularly questions and answers.
  • Working with transcripts is essential at this level. Reading and listening at the same time for a few times will help you connect a sound to a word, improving your pronunciation and listening abilities at the same time.
  • Learn the smart way: Bring the podcast content into your Italian class and have a conversation about it. You’ll be able to activate and apply what you’ve learnt in this way. As an alternative, you can write a short text summarizing the podcast’s subjects in your own words.

Podcasts for intermediate learners 

Easy Italian News 
Easy Italian News is the best free audio news source for intermediate or advanced Italian learners.
Why?  It’s simple to use and doesn’t overwhelm.
Each five-minute audio episode covers a wide range of Italian and international news events. The audio files come with free transcriptions.
 
Arkos Academy
Arkos Academy is a long-running podcast that explores various aspects of Italian culture, society, and literature. It’s largely for intermediate and advanced Italian students and is taught by Italian professional teacher. In each audio, the speed increases and decreases.  Transcripts are free on her internet.
 
The Italian Coach
The Italian Coach is a podcast for intermediate and advanced students who want to improve their Italian. Moreno, the podcast’s host, applies his passion for movies and languages to a variety of modern and interesting topics.
 
Con Parole Nostre 
  This is a podcast in the form of a casual chat between three Italian instructors who discuss various elements of their lives or Italy. The tempo is fairly natural and fast.  If you’re an intermediate learner, you can utilize this podcast in conjunction with the transcript, which you can buy separately on their website.

 

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