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Studying Italian

March 4th, 2008 · No Comments · Websites

My husband and I are studying Italian (again)! We last visited Italy in 2000 after taking a course at NYU and understanding the language (even on a limited basis) made the trip so much more fun. We are now taking private lessons and our teacher has introduced us to some online tools that make our studying experience much easier than it was in the past.
My favorite tool is the online dictionary at www.wordreference.com. In addition to Italian, they have Spanish, French, and Portuguese dictionaries. My favorite feature is looking up a particular verb form and being given the exact form of the verb (e.g., “parla” is the present tense third person singular form of the verb “parlare.”).
We also subscribed to 24 hour Italian television through our cable service. We then found free Italian television that we can watch on our computer. There are many channels that include sports, news, local television from various cities, Vatican TV, music, and more. If you can’t immerse yourself in the language by traveling to Italy, having Italian television around the clock is the next best thing! This television site also has access to stations in other languages from all over the world.
The Italian television station (RAI) also offers an interactive children’s section that we enjoy exploring.
Don’t forget that you can also find DVDs in Italian (as well as in other languages) here at the Wilton Library. La vita e bella!