How to IMPROVE your ITALIAN by READING books

When you begin to learn a new foreign language, it seems impossible to become comfortable with grammar and vocabulary. What lots of students underestimate is the presence of a way to overcome these obstacles: reading. Reading’s the best way to make contact with the real language and to see all the rules, typically in books, finally put into practice. Anyway, in order to be effective, a few adjustments shall be followed. In this article, we’ll show you how to make the most of a reading experience in a foreign language.

Learn foreign languages by reading books

Our advice is: read as much as possible! You must consider your level and your own interests. We’ll show you the approach to an inspiring and useful reading in a few simple steps below!

  • Choose a topic that interests you. Althought you may like reading, sometimes it could be difficult to continue this activity. To read about topics you’re passionate about is the perfect way to remain highly motivated. This can also help you develop specific terminology of a particular field.

  • Don’t stop trying to find every single word you don’t know. This is another reason that might make you lose motivation and won’t help you memorize new words and structure of the language, because in doing so, your brain will be subjected to too many inputs that it won’t be able to process. The best thing is to read the whole text and to gain a general idea of what it means and how grammar structures are used.

  • Choose an appropriate reading to your level. Sometimes it may happen to overestimate our capacities, choosing a reading that is out of your reach, but this will only cause a sense of confusion and frustration. In order to avoid this situation, you can read the first pages of a book to get an idea of the level to know if you can understand.

  • Be an active reader, not a passive one. Reading can be a fun pastime, but don’t forget that you’re learning! So pay attention to grammar structures and words you come across in real context which may help you resolving linguistic doubts.

  • Read a magazine. If you’re not the kind of person who succeeds in remaining focused for a long time, articles in magazines are the right solution for you. Reading articles requires less effort and time than reading books, but it’s not less useful! There are different kinds of magazines of multiple genres you can use in your study:
    • if you’re interested in international affairs and world news, you can read Internazionale;
    • if you’re interested in science, then you can read Airone, and if you have a higher level Focus;
    • if you’re passionate about Economics, Millionaire is the right choice;
    • if you want to know more about Italy and what happens in this country you can read Bell’Italia, or L’espresso;
    • another option, in the female world and fashion, is Donna moderna.

  • Dedicate time to read every day. The best way to get results is to do a little work everyday: you just need five minutes to learn something new. A good way to use the moment is to read an ebook, because you can read it whenever you want and there’s a wide choice. Speaking of ebooks, have you already read Italiano Colloquiale: Parole ed Espressioni per Tutti i Giorni? The book aims to teach, in a clear, comprehensive and funny way, the most common Italian colloquial words and expressions used by Italians in their daily lives. The book also includes a series of exercises to test and strengthen the knowledge and information acquired as the reading progresses.

  • Read books with parallel-text translations. This is a very good method to know the meaning of words and expressions you don’t know thanks to the traslation, but you have to be careful not to read the traslation only, not to check it until after trying reading it and intepreting the foreign language.

We hope these suggestions are useful in discovering the beautiful Italian language or any other language you’re studying! If you want to know what books to read in Italian, based on your level, don’t miss our video lesson on the best books to learn Italian.

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