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March 12, 2012 12:25 PM Subscribe
I'm starting to learn Italian. Can you give me any tips and/or resources that helped you learn Italian? Preferably online/free; examples inside. Also, please give me fun Italian pop!
posted by Admiral Haddock to Education (13 answers total) 18 users marked this as a favorite
I'm going to Italy on my honeymoon in July. My SO has some Italian. I pick up the basics of foreign languages easily (though I'm not fluent in any right now). I've taken significant amounts of French, Latin, German, and Ancient Greek. I have a little Spanish.
Right now, I'm using a cute little program called "MindSnacks" on the iPhone as a repetition-based flashcard to get some vocabulary and learn verbs (with cute games! and leaderboards!). I think I'll get a tutor as well. Planning on picking up the MeFi-praised BBC Italian Grammar book.
I know about Pimsleur, Rosetta Stone, Live Mocha, and the BBC Language sites. I have a Supermemo app on my phone--but there's only one course for Italian and I haven't downloaded it yet.
Are there other web courses for Italian that I should be looking at? Something like very simple news? Or a kids' site (for Italian kids (no social element, please--this is not Prendere uno predatore!)), or designed for US learners (who are not learning in a program)? Other iPhone apps?
Also--I'll probably pick up some YA kind of stuff used while I'm there--but I'm aghast at how much Amazon wants for Italian Harry Potter. Is it possible to get books like that on the cheap? Or easy to read Italian fiction on the web?
Lastly--I wouldn't mind listening to some Italian pop music. I've poked around on web listings of the top pop charts, but didn't love much of what I found. In French, I'd be looking for things like Yelle or Alizee--I can't stand ballads. Anything I can check out?