LISTENING TO THE SOUND. Like a child learning to speak, hearing and mimicking the sound is important.
- YouTube: Children's stories are a great place to begin.
- Netflix: I queued a few Italian movies for viewing.
- Phrase Book CD: Lonely Planet and Berlitz are my default.
BOOKS. I have a tonne of these ranging from basic to advanced and those I bought while I was in Italy, but what had really worked for me in forming a strong foundation were the following:
- Phrase Book: Berlitz (and Lonely Planet)*
- Easy Italian Step-By-Step
- Practice Makes Perfect: Basic Italian
- Correct Your Italian Blunders
- Teach Yourself: 50 Ways to Improve Your Italian
- Oxford Beginner's Dictionary: Italian
|A snapshot of my Italian self-study materials|
APPS AND WEBSITES. There are many free and cost-effective websites, but the following are my favs (I paid a subscription fee for the italicized sites):
- News sites or online newspapers (La Repubblica | La Stampa).
- Zinio. For clutter-free foreign magazines without bursting the piggy bank.
There you go: My foreign language study formula! Oh yes, I changed my iPhone and iPad settings to Italian too.