In the following article called “Why read articles in Italian to learn Italian?”, I will answer the title’s question: why read articles in Italian to learn Italian?
Well, when I started writing my blog, I decided to write my articles in a particular way, using a specific structure. I don’t know if you have already read something on my blog in Italian, but if you take a look, you can notice a repeated scheme in every article with an introduction in English, a text in Italian, an audio and a little dictionary at the end.
In the following article, you will understand the reasons why I made this choice, so if you are curious and you want to know more about this, keep reading.
Working as an Italian teacher made me understand how important it is to love what you do and consequently, to try to share this passion, not just with my students with whom I do lessons via Skype, but also with all the other lovers of the Italian language. This is the reason why almost a year ago, I decided to open an Instagram profile and start posting some Italian tips every day.
A few months later, however, I realized that this space was no longer sufficient. Let me explain better: despite the power of Instagram that allows thousands, if not millions of users worldwide to be reached with one post, I felt the need to have a space that was all mine. I needed a space in which I could write more than a simple caption and to which I could add other resources.
This is the main reason why my website was born and why it has a blog. I will grow it over time with new content and resources. I also hope to be able to create a community with you all, or rather a large family of fans of Italy and Italian.
But let’s talk now about the title of this article on which I would like to focus: why read articles in Italian to learn Italian?
The articles’ structure
If you read already some of my articles in Italian, you may have noticed a particular structure:
- Introduction: this is a short section written in English, in which I reveal to you the topic covered in the article, sometimes with a summary and sometimes inviting the reader to go ahead with the reading.
- Article: written in Italian, in which I examine a particular topic from my personal point of view.
- Audio: in which I read what is written in the article, at a normal speed. It will be read like any other Italian native speaker would read it.
- Supplementary worksheet: in this section, there is a little dictionary with an explanation of terms and expressions.
The reason for my choice
Some people may find this series of articles in Italian to be a disadvantage, especially if they are not yet familiar with Italian. However, by carefully analyzing the way I have structured the articles, you will realize that:
- Those who already speak Italian fluently can practice their reading and understanding skills and/or they can also practice their listening.
- Beginners and those who have an intermediate level can practice differently: they can copy and paste the text into a translator, read the translation and understand how sentences are structured in Italian and learn new vocabulary related to the context.
- Audio is a very important part because it allows you to exercise your listening skills and learn the correct pronunciation. Don’t worry if the recording you hear is too fast, the text will be your ally. And remember, the more time you spend listening, the more familiar the words will start to become
I am a supporter of the integrated approach, which also includes a good dose of grammar, especially at the beginning of language learning. I also know the validity of this method (I used it in the past for German) because it forces the reader/student to strive and to raise the bar more and more to reach new results.
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