Learn Italian with the News

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Watching the news in Italian is a great way to improve your listening skills and widen your vocabulary: news broadcasts offer a variety of words and expressions that are seldom encountered in textbooks, and at the same time they provide a valuable insight into Italy’s culture, politics, and everyday life. Unfortunately, you won’t be able to understand much of it unless you already have a good grasp of the language: the speed of the news is usually too fast for a beginner or intermediate learner, and the vocabulary is quite different from everyday language.

In our Learn Italian with the News videos we offer a selection of news in SLOW ITALIAN, so you can gradually build up your listening skills. Episodes 5 to 11 also include an explanation of key words and recurring expressions to help you develop your vocabulary. Many other episodes include clips from real news broadcasts, slowed down and then repeated at regular speed. There is also a special series for beginners.

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This series allows you to:

  • Listen to stories based on the latest news
  • Learn recurring phrases & structures commonly used in formal speech
  • Improve your comprehension of Italian TV & news Websites

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Italian News for Beginners

Do you find the news still a bit difficult to understand? These videos take you through the latest headlines step by step explaining new vocabulary in detail.

  • Episode 5 - 24 May 2023 - The CIA looks for spies in Russia; Italian students are camping in front of universities to protest against high rents; a new investigation was launched to shed light on the disappearance of a girl from the Vatican State 40 years ago.
  • Episode 4 - 26 April 2023 - Privacy concerns for OpenAI's ChatGPT in Italy; the Italian government proposes a bill to ban English words from public communication.
  • Episode 3 - 5 April 2023 - International Wine Exhibition Vinitaly 2023; Florida teacher fired for showing pictures of Michelangelo's David; e-fuels and biofuels.
  • Episode 2 - 15 March 2023 - The UE greenlights cricket flour in food products; unprecedenteed drought in northern Italy.
  • Episode 1 - 15 February 2023 - The earthquake in Turkey and Syria; thief caught thanks to fingerprints left on biscuits.

All Episodes

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