Learn Italian the FUN way.
1) Watch all of the movies on my “Ultimate Guide To Streaming.”
After all this time writing about the Italian movies that are available in the USA, people still say to me, “There aren’t any Italian movies to watch”. Not true, so not true.
Check it out. Immerse yourself in the language through entertainment.
2) Watch movies in Italian with Italian subtitles.
So now you’re hooked, and even though there are quite a lot of films you can stream, you want more. Now is the time to start buying films from Italy. You’ll need a region free DVD player (DVDs are in a different format, PAL zone 2, and can’t be watched on American DVD players), but they only cost about $40 (you could spend more, but that would be stupid. The good ones are all around $40. HERE’S MINE.)
You can order movies from either ibs.it (if you are comfortable with an Italian site) or Amazon; there are quite a few PAL Zone2 movies available on Amazon. Most of these DVDs have an English subtitle option, but be brave, turn on the Italian subtitle (for the hearing impaired) option instead. You’ll be amazed how much this will improve your Italian.
3) Now, you are ready to Watch movies without any subtitles. You can do it! Start with comedies with lots of physical action like Nanni Moretti’s Habemus Papam (We Have a Pope).
4) Be like your 5-year-old and watch your favorites 100 times. You known how your kids watch Transformers or Frozen every single day and know all the lines by heart? Do that with your favorite, and you’ll have learned a lot of new words and phrases that will come more easily to mind when you are in an Italian conversation.
I’ve watched Pane e Tulipani (Bread and Tulips) over 100 times and know most of the lines:
Grazia: Senza di lei non so come avrei fatto. Lei è un’amica di Fernando?
Rosalba: No, un’ospite.
Grazia: Lei è qui in vacanza?
Grazia: Oh mio Dio, si è tutta bagnata, mi dispiace. Cosa posso fare? Ah! Le va una vodka?
5) Watch Italian movies in Italy
My favorite movie day is at the multiplex at Piazza Cavour in Rome, the Teatro Adriano. I buy a couple of tickets for movies one after another, get my Coca-Light (I ask for ghiaccio (ice), they tell me “no”.), and then I settle in one of the front rows (all by myself; Italians don’t want to sit down there) for an afternoon of bliss.
She says “I have made learning Italian a lifestyle choice” and she’ll take you to Italy to learn the language. READ ABOUT HER LANGUAGE LEARNING TRIPS.
Then you can meet me at Piazza Cavour for 2 matinees!
6) No matter what stage of language learning you are on, you will not want to miss Our Twitter Chat with director Laura Bispuri. She’s going to tell us all about her film Vergine Giurata!