We’ve said it time and time again, but we’ll say it again. Listening to podcasts and other authentic audio content in the language you’re studying is an incredible way to learn a foreign language. It’s not as effective for memorizing vocabulary as the spaced repetition system that powers the MosaLingua app, but it’s a great way to practice Italian immersion and beef up your listening comprehension skills. There are plenty of Italian podcasts available for free online, but it can be tricky to determine which are right for your level and will actually interest independent adult learners! Keep reading for our list of the best podcasts for learning Italian.
Last Updated: 01/18/2023
If you’ve never used podcasts before, well you’re in for a treat! And if you have, you know how useful, fun and interesting they can be.
So what exactly is a podcast? Podcasts are recorded audio shows that people create on a given topic or theme. There are podcasts for just about everything: cooking, fitness, meditation, and, yep, you guessed it: learning a language!
At first, you’ll want to focus on the ones geared towards language learners. The pronunciation is usually very clear, and the hosts speak slowly and enunciate. Plus, they stick to topics that you’re more likely to find interesting, like culture and travel.
As you continue making progress, you can start listening to more advanced podcasts, with the goal of eventually enjoying podcasts made for native Italian audiences.
The more you listen to podcasts, the more progress you’ll make. The great thing is that you can listen to podcasts while you’re cycling, driving or commuting to work, walking the dog, or hanging out in the park. They’re a great form of passive listening and learning that can help you to immerse yourself in the Italian language. You’re sure to hear new vocabulary and sentence structures every day, so make sure to pay close attention.
MosaSeries is an original and captivating Italian story divided into short episodes, designed to help you improve your listening skills, broaden your vocabulary, and learn the most important aspects of Italian grammar.
If you’ve never listened to a podcast before, don’t worry — it’s super easy. Android and iOS devices support several podcast apps. Just hop on the Google Play Store or the App Store and search for “podcast.” Pocket Casts is a good one for Android, while the iOS native podcast app will do you just fine when you’re starting.
One last note: if you’re multitasking, it can be easy to get distracted and miss what’s being said. If you find that’s often the case, you may want to set aside some time to actively listen to your podcast until you’ve reached a level that allows you to listen more passively. But don’t worry — between your daily MosaLingua learning sessions and immersive activities like listening to podcasts, you’ll get there in no time!
So without further ado, here’s our list of the best podcasts for learning Italian!
News in Slow Italian is the perfect podcast for people who are just starting to learn the language. The two hosts speak very slowly, so you can understand what they’re saying perfectly. We highly recommend this podcast because it covers topics related to international current events, so each episode has lots of context to help you understand the words. Without a doubt, this is one of the best podcasts out there for learning Italian.
From the creator of Al Dente, a popular Italian podcast for beginners (which unfortunately no longer exists), this podcast by Alessandra Pasqui is perfect for those of you who speak Italian at about an A2 level. Quattro Stagioni is an excellent podcast for people who want to get started listening to Italian content on a regular basis. The speech is slow enough for beginners, and you also have the option to purchase the scripts. There are actually three different podcasts on this website: “Quattro Stagioni,” which covers general topics about Italy and Italians, “In Cucina con Laura” and “In Viaggio con Laura,” which are focused on cooking and travel.
Michele and Martina host a modern, engaging podcast for intermediate Italian learners. While enjoying episodes about Italian fashion, celebrities, culture, and more, you’ll absorb new vocabulary and grammar without even knowing it. Fascinating topics combined with excellent production—complete with Italian tunes that’ll make you feel like you’re being serenaded while floating through the canals of Venice—makes for a super pleasant listening experience! They release new episodes several times a month. But if you’re hungry for more Just Italian, you can become a member of their reasonably priced Patreon for exclusive access to their series on Italian current events and trivia as well as one about Italian stories and legends, plus educational transcripts for every episode.
Simone has interesting stories to tell (like the time he hitchhiked in a police car in Bolivia – intriguing, right?!) and tells them in simple Italian that learners will appreciate. And he knows a thing or two about language learning. He, himself speaks six different languages and is an Italian teacher. Episodes are generally about 30 minutes long and tackle all sorts of topics – from “classic” language learning subjects to technology and travel – so they are perfect for Italian immersion. Simone speaks very clearly, and at a pace that is suitable for low-intermediate learners.
This is a fun and interesting podcast for learning words, phrases, and other curiosities that are common in Italy. With Italiano Automático, you will quickly master natural speaking skills and improve your listening comprehension and your understanding of colloquial language. One listener wrote a rave review: “Alberto is truly the best at what he does. He knows how to engage listeners with interesting topics and speaks clearly.”
Want to learn a ton about Italy, including Italian traditions, food, culture, and all about the country itself? Then head over to Maxmondo. It’s free to listen to, but if you pay to subscribe you’ll also get the magazine that includes transcripts, glossaries, and exercises to practice with. The website also features a regularly updated blog, plus videos and extra online content. But the podcast is the most interesting. New episodes come out often to help you learn tons of Italian vocabulary.
This is a very interesting Italian podcast that talks about all different kinds of Italian history: classical (e.g. ancient Rome), medieval, modern, and contemporary. It’s a great way to improve your vocabulary while learning about Italy’s rich cultural heritage. It’s made for the Italian general public, so you’ll want to have a good level of Italian before diving in. But don’t worry if you occasionally lose the thread — just go back and listen again to see if you can understand from the context, of which there’s plenty!
This is a fantastic Italian podcast that will help you learn Italian vocabulary, including words you won’t find in textbooks! It’s all about powerful, strange, counter-cultural, interesting women from all over the world and throughout history. Episodes have covered personalities like Margaret Atwood, the women from Game of Thrones, Angelina Jolie, Stephen King’s Carrie, and many more. Not only do we love seeing a podcast devoted to strong women, but it’s a great way to increase your Italian slang. The cultural references give you lots of context to help understand the content.
If you’re interested in tech, 2024 is a great podcast. Created by the Italian journalist Enrico Pagliarni, it mostly covers subjects relating to new and upcoming technology, including VR, updates from google, fintech, etc. The spoken Italian is quite quick, as it’s made for a general Italian audience, so be sure to pay close attention.
It’s not exactly a podcast, but it is a great way to improve your Italian listening comprehension! We developed an original and fascinating story, 100% in Italian. MosaSeries: L’Uomo Senza Nome is a series of 24 audio episodes that will help you improve your skills, broaden your vocabulary, and learn important grammar concepts and conjugations, step by step.
What did you think about our choices for the best podcast for learning Italian? Have you listened to others? Let us know about them in the comments section! Happy learning!
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