Italian Short Stories for Beginners with Slow Audio​

Simple yet entertaining short stories with audio to help you learn Italian, covering a diverse range of grammar structures and vocabulary. That’s better than a book!

Stefano Lodola


Italian short stories to practice reading and listening

Reading is the key to improving your comprehension skills and helps you formulate better sentences.

But when you’re still a beginner or intermediate-level learner, it can be difficult to find proper materials to practice reading. You will also need to consult a dictionary while you’re reading, and without audio accompaniment, you will find it difficult to catch new words and how they’re pronounced by native speakers. It’s easy to get confused.

For beginners, reading and listening to short stories can be a fun and painless way of learning Italian. Short stories will introduce you to new vocabulary and sentence structures, while the accompanying audio material will help you with listening comprehension. They easy if compared to a book. You also find an English translation to view in case you just can’t guess the meaning of the text.

Reading short stories is an effective way to improve your Italian reading and listening comprehension skills. Through learning in this way, you will be able to improve your Italian without the monotonous chore of memorizing grammar rules. This works especially for beginners! Easy, right?

In these stories, you find new vocabulary (words) that you can immediately put to use in everyday life. Practice your listening skills by listening to a native Italian-speaker narrating the stories.

  • Enjoyable stories
  • Varied vocabulary and sentence structures
  • Easy grammar for beginners
  • Audio for listening practice
  • English translation

How to Learn Italian with short stories

Since these stories are often pretty straightforward, you’ll need a simple plan for learning effectively with them. To get the most out of your short story, I suggest this three-step approach:

  1. Read the story for the gist, not the details. Focus on trying to understand the main ideas of the story: the characters, the major plot developments, and the setting.
  2. Take your time to read it again carefully. Look up unknown words, phrases or grammatical constructions that are unfamiliar to you. Write them down in a notebook or on flashcards to help you memorize them.
  3. Look at the translations to read the story one more time. This way, you understand the text fully and have access to the translations and explanations.
  4. For further practice, I recommend writing a summary of the story. This way, you’ll have a more complete understanding of it and make new vocabulary and grammar topics easier to memorize.

Listen to Italian Short Stories for Beginners with Slow Audio


La mania delle foto

Do you like to take pictures? Do you also share them? Excellent...


La piscina è vuota

I'm staring at an empty pool, wondering why people can't find the time to enjoy it.


Gli scacchi sono un gioco difficile

Can you play chess? The rules are simple, but it’s difficult to play well.


Quando ero piccolo andavo bene a scuola

What did you like doing when you were a child? I studied, played on the computer, and watched TV. I played tennis thrice per week.


La ragazza di Tinder

Do you use Tinder? I do. A lot! Here's how a Tinder date went for me.


In casa con i gatti

My friend needs someone to look after her two cats while on vacation. In exchange, I can for free at her place with her cats.

The best stories that you won’t find in books

You can search for books on Amazon and read them on your Kindle, but it’s faster to search online and these stories are not found in any book. It’s hard to search text from a book, whether on paper or on Kindle.

My view is that it’s the best way of learning new words while having fun.

Books are too long, while these stories are short and simple, and contain useful words.

Learning with books can be boring, and reading on Amazon’s Kindle can be tiring. A small screen is hard to view. A Kindle book is more convenient than traditional books, but it’s still not ideal for learning Italian.

Since short stories are, by nature, short, you can use them to squeeze a lot of Italian learning into a relatively small span of time. That’s more convenient than a book, even on Amazon’s Kindle.

Reading short stories is a great way to get quick, informal doses of Italian language practice. You don’t need to search for books: here you find the entire collection of texts.

Easy short stories in Italian offer exposure to simple, natural sentence structure. This makes them great for beginners just getting accustomed to the language and even intermediate speakers who want to maintain their language competency.

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Learning Italian is fun with these stories with everyday themes. This collection makes use of simple yet entertaining stories to help you master Italian. By covering a diverse range of grammar structures and vocabulary (words), and supplementing it with audio, you can improve your reading and writing skills, and even practice your listening and pronunciation.

Improve Your Listening Skills in Italian. With the help of the free audio, you can give your listening skills a boost as well as practice your pronunciation. Recorded by a professional voice talent from Italy, the stories are narrated using a standard Italian accent and slightly slower speed than how actual Italian people speak.

This will allow beginners and low-intermediate learners to grasp the narration properly. Extra care has also been given to the recording of the audio to ensure a pleasurable listening experience for learners.

Listening to short stories is an effective and enjoyable method of learning Italian. It’s more effective than reading long books, also because books usually don’t come with audio or translation. You can view the transcript and the English translation without any special software.

For those of you who can’t just slip away from life, travel to Italy, and immerse yourself in the language in order to learn it, this is your solution! Listening to native-spoken Italian stories is the next best thing, and much better than books.

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