How to Use the Kindle to Learn Italian and Ignite Your Passion for Learning
As the song says: “Set fire to the Italian learning!”
What? That’s not how it goes?
Well, it’s time for a remix, because your Kindle is about to ignite your Italian skills.
Think the Amazon Kindle is just for devouring the latest bestseller?
Your Kindle is a powerhouse tool for language learners. It’s a go-anywhere, learn-anytime resource that literally puts Italian at your fingertips!
There are tons of excellent Kindle resources for learning Italian.
Let’s check some out!
Why a Kindle Is Perfect for Learning Italian
You might be attached to the comfy travel pillow you grab for long flights (because who isn’t in love with their cozy neck pillow?) but it’s not your best travel buddy. Not by a long shot.
Your Kindle? Now there’s any traveler’s bff!
- It’s budget-friendly and allows you tailor your language program to your own goals for some Italian to go!
- The device is simple to operate and its text size is customizable.
- It’s also adaptable and suited for learning anywhere, including on a plane, by the poolside or even in a desert. It’s practically impervious to damage, is lightweight and tucks smoothly into even a small carry-on.
- The fact that it’s designed for reading and learning just cements the deal for language learners. This is a dream tool for anyone who wants to learn a language!
- Best of all, you can save some money by using a Kindle instead of buying the paperback version! Many books are available for free with Kindle Unlimited, while others can be bought at a nice discount from the print book list price.
How to Use a Kindle in Your Italian Language Program
Install an Italian dictionary
Having an Italian dictionary installed before you begin reading is a good idea. That way, when you’re reading and hit an unfamiliar word (as all language learners do), looking for the definition is no trouble at all.
Peruse the options available to Italian language learners. Choose the ones that appeal to you and download them so you can access them from anywhere. Having your learning materials available makes it a snap to access learning and just get down to it!
Become familiar with Kindle features
Knowing how to use your Kindle to your best advantage sets you up for learning success. Take a minute to review its features.
For instance, if there’s additional material that’s introduced as a footnote, you’ll see an asterisk or underlined text in the material. Tap onto whichever one appears and you’ll advance to the footnote. Use the “back” button to return to your place in the book.
You can even highlight and take your own notes as you’re reading!
Schedule Kindle study time
A Kindle is a tool and like any other part of your language program you need to use it regularly. Schedule time in your study program to devote to the material on your Kindle.
Remember: Reading skills improve with practice, so practice often!
Use the Kindle to Learn Italian with 14 Sizzling Resources
These books are created with learners in mind, breaking down aspects of the language in a way that’s useful for any learner!
“37 Ways to Learn the Italian Language”
Author: Larry Aiello
If you’re at all uncertain about how to begin your Italian language learning journey, this book is for you!
The book won’t teach you Italian, but rather how to learn Italian. It provides information on different learning techniques, programs to consider and how to choose the best program for you.
Written by an Italian teacher, this is a quick read that can point learners toward their personal best learning method.
Author: Language Master
If you’re an absolute beginner to the language, this is a super resource. It covers all the basics, including the alphabet, numbers and how to ask for directions. You’ll also get a good starter guide on key verbs, adjectives, time expressions and other common words.
This is a good resource for anyone who wants a quick start to fuller learning, or simply those who want to travel and need to get the basics down quickly.
As a free bonus, you’ll also get an audio resource for Italian pronunciation practice.
“Read & Think Italian”
Authors: The Editors of “Think Italian!” Magazine
This multi-faceted addition to an Italian program packs a lot of punch, consisting of 224 illustrated pages bursting with information.
There are articles written by native speakers—complete with same-page definitions of key words, language lessons with audio, over 7,000 flashcards for vocabulary building and even interesting cultural and historical points to ponder!
“Practice Makes Perfect: Complete Italian Grammar”
Author: Marcel Danesi
Language learners often get stuck on grammar but with this guide it’s not difficult to understand the basic rules. Every learner should have a complete guide to Italian grammar, and this resource has it all.
Each grammar point comes with clear explanations and tons of exercises with answer keys that’ll help you learn from your mistakes.
Additionally, the book concentrates on useful and high-frequency vocabulary so it’s a vocabulary builder, too!
“Essential Italian Grammar”
Author: Olga Ragusa
If a full guide to grammar seems intimidating, try out this more focused resource, first.
This book is a guide to using grammar in conversational settings. It focuses on the basic rules of the language and how to apply them to everyday meetings.
It’s organized in an easy-to-follow way that introduces elements one at a time and builds on previously taught concepts for a strong foundation.
“Schaum’s Outline of Italian Grammar”
Authors: Joseph Germano and Conrad J. Schmitt
Grammar is one of those skills that gets easier with practice. This massive volume offers lots of opportunities to practice Italian grammar and works best as a supplement to other learning methods.
There are 480 exercises with answers—a huge addition to any Italian program! Unlike many other textbook-like resources, this one also includes contemporary Italian expressions, idioms and slang.
You also get access to downloadable audio files for extra practice.
“Italian Vocabulary Drills”
Authors: David M. Stillman, Tiziano Cherubini, Ronni L. Gordon
You can’t speak Italian if you don’t know the words to use! Build a solid vocabulary with over 2,500 essential Italian words and phrases.
More than 100 exercises help learners grasp Italian vocabulary and put it to good use. Words are organized into themed lists, centering around useful topics like food, daily life, technology, travel and much more.
A companion flashcard app provides an additional opportunity for vocabulary drills!
“Italian Vocabulary Book”
Author: Pinhok Languages
This reference book combines a vocabulary builder and dictionary into one.
It groups vocabulary words and phrases by topic and purposefully doesn’t alphabetize the lists so you don’t accidentally learn them in order. This means you can start with any word in any topic and study what’s important to you.
Italian-English and English-Italian dictionaries following the vocabulary portion provide additional definitions!
Author: Pinhok Languages
The 800 Italian flashcards in this book make learning fun and are a super vocabulary tool for beginners who are looking to build their core vocabulary.
This book is designed as an e-book and uses links to allow you to move on to the next word or go to a random word for a challenge.
“Rick Steves’ Italian Phrase Book & Dictionary”
Author: Rick Steves
Many learn to speak Italian so they can travel. If you’re planning a trip to Italy, Rick Steves is a great guy to curate the phrases you’ll need to know.
The book covers the basics for navigating everyday situations and conversations. Every word and phrase comes with a special bonus: phonetic spelling!
You’ll also find other useful travel-oriented information here like everything you need to know about European currency, transportation and more. You can even tear out special on-the-go practice sheets so you always have a cheat-sheet with you in case you need it.
“The Complete Italian Travel Phrasebook”
Author: Erica Stewart, “Learning Italian”
This phrasebook does more than skim the basics: It provides in-depth material to facilitate traveling in Italy!
Learn how to order food, negotiate shopping excursions, ask for directions and get by during many other everyday situations. There are over 1,000 phrases in the book, so it covers a lot of ground!
“Short Stories in Italian for Beginners”
Author: Olly Richards
This book contains eight fun short stories to strengthen your reading skills while being entertained. The stories cover a wide range of genres from science fiction to thriller, so you’ll definitely find something you love in here.
Each story is written using vocabulary specifically geared toward beginners, so you’ll be getting targeted language.
Stories also come with a glossary of key or difficult words, a plot summary and even comprehension questions at the end of each chapter to make sure you’re keeping up.
And if you like these, check out the second volume for beginners or step it up with the collection of short stories for intermediate learners.
“Harry Potter e la Pietra Filosofale” (“Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone”)
Author: J.K. Rowling
Power up your reading practice with full-length novels. There are so many to choose from, but starting with a familiar story might be the perfect way to slide into extended reading practice.
This book is the first in the well-known series about Harry Potter, who probably needs no introduction. (In case you’re somehow unfamiliar, the Harry Potter books are a young-adult series that follow a young wizard who’s invited into the magical school of Hogwarts, where he makes friends, masters his magic, fights monsters and stands up to the shadows of his past.)
Every Harry Potter volume is available in Italian. The language is uncomplicated and the vocabulary is pretty standard, since the series is intended for younger readers, so it’s a good place to start. Remember to note the vocabulary you don’t understand so you can practice later!
“Il passato è una terra straniera” (“The Past Is a Foreign Country”)
Author: Gianrico Carofiglio
Reading a new-to-you book or author is a great way to find interesting genres or brilliant authors. Reading in Italian also gives you a chance to read some works in their original language!
This book is written by a bestselling Italian author whose work has sold over four million copies in Italy. I was pleasantly surprised by this book and can say firsthand that you’re in for a treat.
This psychological thriller follows Lieutenant Chiti on the hunt for a serial rapist as he delves deeper into the world of corruption until he risks being consumed by it.
Needless to say, this is quite an advanced book for mature readers only: If your skills have progressed to the advanced stage, give it a try for a dark, thrilling ride!
Do yourself a favor and don’t discount a potential heavy hitter in your language program—power up that Kindle! Use it daily to get the most out of it.
The more you practice Italian, the better your skills will become. And the more you read, the easier it’ll get.
Learn and read using a device made for those exact uses and you’ll boost your Italian language skills almost effortlessly!
Have fun and good luck!