Let's Learn Italian!

Learning a foreign language requires effort and time, but nowadays there are so many resources and strategies to greatly help language learning. Actually, the more input you get, the easier and faster you will learn. This section features a growing collection of videos aimed at Italian learning for English speakers.

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Roberto Burioni on Coronavirus
CoVID-19 vs. influenza
Dr Burioni on analogies and differences between CoVID-19 and the influenza virus [12 min].
Article on the CoVID-19 pandemic
Viva la Pappa col Pomodoro
Rita Pavone's song of the 1960s, written by Oscar winners Lina Wertmüller and Nino Rota.
Sportina di Pasqua
Sportina di Pasqua
From immemorial time, an Easter recipe from Etruscan Tuscany.
Bikini e tamurè
Bikini e tamurè
It was the summer of 1963 when a skinny Tony Renis introduced a Tahitian dance on beach dance floors [3 min].
A girl from Palermo arrives in Milan
A Sicilian in Milan
A girl from Palermo in Milan, her experiences with the underground trains, the traffic, the language [12 min].
Cannoli siciliani
Heavenly pastry preparation, a historical recipe with wafers, ricotta and candied fruit.
Umberto Eco
"Come va?"
Umberto Eco imagines the answers that some famous figures might give to "Come va?"...
Omaggio a Roma
Omaggio a Roma
A 20-min long feature film, directed by Franco Zeffirelli, with Andrea Bocelli and Monica Bellucci...
Anna Magnani
Anna Magnani
Winner of the Academy Award for Best Actress in 1956, and among the greatest performers in cinema history [6 min]
The history of Vespa, an Italian icon
Vespa, an Italian icon
Patented on April 23, 1946, on a project of Corradino D'Ascanio, the Vespa has become an icon of Italian life.
Pasta e Patate
A traditional dish of the past, a tasty recipe made with "poor" ingredients.
Pane, amore e fantasia
A classic Italian comedy, starring Vittorio De Sica and Gina Lollobrigida [4 min].
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Watch Italian films

See movies you know well in the Italian version. There are surely movies you like and have seen many times, you could see them again on DVD choosing Italian language and English subtitles. To find these movies online, you might search for the Italian title, to be sure you get a DVD with an Italian version - English subtitles are usually available on most DVDs. Or if you are buying from a store, find on the back of the cover the information on the languages available. If you get an Italian movie on DVD, pay attention to the Pal/Non-US Format, since the DVD might not play on your equipment.

Learn while Exploiting Dead Times

You can listen to recordings transferred to an MP3 player, iPod, or other device while driving, travelling, cooking, tidying up, doing physical exercise. Without making any great changes to your routines, you'll have lots of hours each month of "passive learning", that will not require any planned, intentional study on your part.

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