Learn Italian with these free audio lessons

Put away your grammar books and start learning and speaking Italian now with these audio lessons focused on conversation skills.

2019/03/06

Stefano Lodola

By Stefano Lodola

Learn Italian with audio lessons! Or, why should you change the way you learn Italian?

  • Have you spent many hours reading, listening, or writing in Italian your target language?
  • Do you still find yourself hesitating in mid-sentence?
  • Do you want to feel confident and fluent?

Then, put away your grammar books and start speaking now with an audio course focused on conversation skills.

Whenever I start learning a language, I speak from day one. That could be with a native speaker on Skype or by myself with an audio course.

A well-structured Italian language audio course:

  • Builds your speaking confidence at a rapid pace
  • Gets you used to a native voice
  • Challenges you throughout

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“Ripeti Con Me!” is a uniquely effective course that teaches its users how to use a foreign language. It doesn’t just spit out vocabulary and grammar. You’ll learn whole phrases and entire sentences so that you can learn the language in context, instead of learning words or grammar rules in isolation.

It’s perfect if you’re looking for a practical way to improve your ability to create correct sentences in Italian on the fly and speak Italian in a natural way. You may find it hard to believe that something so simple could work so well!

Ripeti Con Me functions a like a language learning gym. The entire program is built on top of a scientifically proven set of principles designed to take a learner directly to the heart of the language. This method is based on a few key principles:

  • Graduated Interval Recall. If you’re reminded of new words at gradually increasing intervals, each time you remember longer than the time before.
  • Teaching syntax over vocabulary. Most language courses focus on teaching a mixture of grammar and vocabulary, while this course is based on syntax. Have you ever invested a ton of time and energy into learning the grammar and vocabulary of a language, only to struggle to create intelligible sentences? While grammar and vocabulary are important when you’re learning a language, it’s knowing how to use both of these elements to create a correct sentence that really unlocks your Italian conversational abilities.
  • Principle of Anticipation. By systematically asking for understanding, pausing for a response, and then reinforcing the correct response, the audio in Ripeti Con Me accelerates learning, increases understanding, and activates new neural pathways in your brain.
  • Practical approach. The program’s focus on teaching syntax makes it ideal for increasing your ability to have conversations in a foreign language. If you work through the training sessions daily as they were designed, you will gain a practical working knowledge of the Italian language. You will see improvement in your language abilities where they matter most: in real life conversations.
  • Core Vocabulary. Effective communication in any language depends on mastery of a relatively limited number of words and structures. Trying to learn too much at once substantially slows the process, and many people quickly become discouraged. Ripeti Con Me deliberately limits the amount you learn at any one time, giving your brain a chance to internalize each new item before moving on. Once this foundation is built, adding new words and phrases becomes easy and natural because there’s a clear framework to attach them to.
  • Organic Learning. Every new item introduced Ripeti Con Me is given within the context of a conversation or exchange. This helps learning and retention in a multitude of ways, from allowing your brain to automatically integrate Italian intonation, rhythm, melody, and pronunciation, to embedding prompts for your memory. When you need a word, it’s there!

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Here’s a series of sentences in English and Italian taken from the Italian audio course “Ripeti con me!”.

Each audio lesson covers a particular grammar pattern. For example, there’s one lesson to learn singular and plural (one cat, two cats…), one lesson to learn how to say “can” (I can speak, you can eat…), etc.

While this preview showcases the concept and the program of the course, you start to feel the effects – thinking and speaking naturally in Italian – only after a few days of taking the full lessons (each made up of 30 sentences).

The full course is available at a discounted price. However, if you like the concept but you’re not sure yet if it works for you, play it safe and try out the first 15-lesson package.

And now, it’s time to learn!

Click on the audio player in each lesson to listen to the audio and speak along with the speaker.

How to use these Italian audio lessons

  1. In File A, you listen to a sentence in English and Italian, then shadow the Italian sentence (saying the same sentence while the speaker is still saying it).
  2. In File B, there’s a pause where you’re meant to say the sentence yourself in Italian. It’s alright if you can’t remember everything, just do your best and say what you can. Then, you can shadow it again.
  3. In File C, you only shadow the sentence.

Italian audio lesson 1: sei italiano?

Learn how to say “I am…” in Italian!

Listen and repeat file A:

  1. Are you Italian?
    Sei italiano?
    Sei italiano?
  2. No, I’m from the U.S.
    No, sono americano.
    No, sono americano.
  3. What’s your name?
    Come ti chiami?
    Come ti chiami?

Listen and repeat file B:

  1. Are you Italian?
    _
    Sei italiano?
  2. No, I’m from the U.S.
    _
    No, sono americano.
  3. What’s your name?
    _
    Come ti chiami?

Listen and repeat file C:

  1. Sei italiano?
  2. No, sono americano.
  3. Come ti chiami?

Italian audio lesson 2: ho sete!

Learn how to say “I have…” in Italian!

Listen and repeat file A:

  1. Do you have any brothers or sisters?
    Hai fratelli o sorelle?
    Hai fratelli o sorelle?
  2. Yes, I have a brother.
    Sì, ho un fratello.
    Sì, ho un fratello.
  3. Do you have the keys to the house? Yes.
    Hai le chiavi di casa? Sì.
    Hai le chiavi di casa? Sì.

Listen and repeat file B:

  1. Do you have any brothers or sisters?
    _
    Hai fratelli o sorelle?
  2. Yes, I have a brother.
    _
    Sì, ho un fratello.
  3. Do you have the keys to the house? Yes.
    _
    Hai le chiavi di casa? Sì.

Listen and repeat file C:

  1. Hai fratelli o sorelle?
  2. Sì, ho un fratello.
  3. Hai le chiavi di casa? Sì.

Italian audio lesson 3: un gelato, due gelati

One beer or two beers? Learn how to make words plural in Italian!

Listen and repeat file A:

  1. I’d like a small beer.
    Vorrei una birra piccola.
    Vorrei una birra piccola.
  2. For me, mineral water!
    Per me acqua minerale!
    Per me acqua minerale!
  3. For us, French fries!
    Per noi patatine fritte!
    Per noi patatine fritte!

Listen and repeat file B:

  1. I’d like a small beer.
    _
    Vorrei una birra piccola.
  2. For me, mineral water!
    _
    Per me acqua minerale!
  3. For us, French fries!
    _
    Per noi patatine fritte!

Listen and repeat file C:

  1. Vorrei una birra piccola.
  2. Per me acqua minerale!
  3. Per noi patatine fritte!

Italian audio lesson 4: un bambino, una bambina

Is that a he or a she? Learn how make words masculine and feminine in Italian!

Listen and repeat file A:

  1. Do you have children?
    Avete bambini?
    Avete bambini?
  2. We have a girl.
    Abbiamo una bambina.
    Abbiamo una bambina.
  3. Alessia is a good friend.
    Alessia è una buona amica.
    Alessia è una buona amica.

Listen and repeat file B:

  1. Do you have children?
    _
    Avete bambini?
  2. We have a girl.
    _
    Abbiamo una bambina.
  3. Alessia is a good friend.
    _
    Alessia è una buona amica.

Listen and repeat file C:

  1. Avete bambini?
  2. Abbiamo una bambina.
  3. Alessia è una buona amica.

Italian audio lesson 5: la vita è bella

There’s only one “the” in English, but there are many in Italian. Learn how to pick the right one!

Listen and repeat file A:

  1. That’s the end!
    È la fine!
    È la fine!
  2. Life is beautiful.
    La vita è bella.
    La vita è bella.
  3. That’s just the beginning!
    È solo l’inizio!
    È solo l’inizio!

Listen and repeat file B:

  1. That’s the end!
    _
    È la fine!
  2. Life is beautiful.
    _
    La vita è bella.
  3. That’s just the beginning!
    _
    È solo l’inizio!

Listen and repeat file C:

  1. È la fine!
  2. La vita è bella.
  3. È solo l’inizio!

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Italian audio lesson 6: ho un’idea!

You might get by with only “a” and “an” in English, but there are many in Italian. Learn how to pick the right one!

Listen and repeat file A:

  1. Do you have a phone?
    Hai un telefono?
    Hai un telefono?
  2. 5 euros for a gelato!?
    Cinque euro per un gelato!?
    Cinque euro per un gelato!?
  3. That’s good news.
    È una bella notizia.
    È una bella notizia.

Listen and repeat file B:

  1. Do you have a phone?
    _
    Hai un telefono?
  2. 5 euros for a gelato!?
    _
    Cinque euro per un gelato!?
  3. That’s good news.
    _
    È una bella notizia.

Listen and repeat file C:

  1. Hai un telefono?
  2. Cinque euro per un gelato!?
  3. È una bella notizia.

Italian audio lesson 7: dove lavori?

Forget about conjugation tables! Learn the present of Italian verbs naturally with these sentences.

Listen and repeat file A:

  1. Where do you work? I work in an office.
    Dove lavori? Lavoro in ufficio.
    Dove lavori? Lavoro in ufficio.
  2. What do you have for breakfast? I eat an apple.
    Cosa mangi a colazione? Mangio una mela.
    Cosa mangi a colazione? Mangio una mela.
  3. Do you have any children? Yes, I have a daughter.
    Hai figli? Sì, ho una figlia.
    Hai figli? Sì, ho una figlia.

Listen and repeat file B:

  1. Where do you work? I work in an office.
    _
    Dove lavori? Lavoro in ufficio.
  2. What do you have for breakfast? I eat an apple.
    _
    Cosa mangi a colazione? Mangio una mela.
  3. Do you have any children? Yes, I have a daughter.
    _
    Hai figli? Sì, ho una figlia.

Listen and repeat file C:

  1. Dove lavori? Lavoro in ufficio.
  2. Cosa mangi a colazione? Mangio una mela.
  3. Hai figli? Sì, ho una figlia.

Italian audio lesson 8: dove vai?

Even if some Italian verbs are irregular, you can still learn them without conjugation tables! Here are the sentences.

Listen and repeat file A:

  1. I’m hungry. When are we going to eat?
    Ho fame! Quando mangiamo?
    Ho fame! Quando mangiamo?
  2. Where are you going? I’m going to the bank. Bye!
    Dove vai? Vado in banca. Ciao!
    Dove vai? Vado in banca. Ciao!
  3. What books do you read? I read novels.
    Che libri leggi? Leggo romanzi.
    Che libri leggi? Leggo romanzi.

Listen and repeat file B:

  1. I’m hungry. When are we going to eat?
    _
    Ho fame! Quando mangiamo?
  2. Where are you going? I’m going to the bank. Bye!
    _
    Dove vai? Vado in banca. Ciao!
  3. What books do you read? I read novels.
    _
    Che libri leggi? Leggo romanzi.

Listen and repeat file C:

  1. Ho fame! Quando mangiamo?
  2. Dove vai? Vado in banca. Ciao!
  3. Che libri leggi? Leggo romanzi.

Italian audio lesson 9: a Roma

These sentences show when to your “a” or “in” to indicate a place.

Listen and repeat file A:

  1. Where are you going? Home.
    Dove vai? A casa.
    Dove vai? A casa.
  2. Where do you live? In Rome.
    Dove abiti? A roma.
    Dove abiti? A roma.
  1. Hello? Where are you? In the bathroom.
    Pronto? Dove sei? In bagno.
    Pronto? Dove sei? In bagno.

Listen and repeat file B:

  1. Where are you going? Home.
    _
    Dove vai? A casa.
  2. Where do you live? In Rome.
    _
    Dove abiti? A roma.
  3. Hello? Where are you? In the bathroom.
    _
    Pronto? Dove sei? In bagno.

Listen and repeat file C:

  1. Dove vai? A casa.
  2. Dove abiti? A roma.
  3. Pronto? Dove sei? In bagno.

Italian audio lesson 10: studi ancora francese?

Learn how to turn a statement into a question in Italian! Spoiler: just change the intonation.

Listen and repeat file A:

  1. We’ve got important news!
    Abbiamo una notizia importante!
    Abbiamo una notizia importante!
  2. Do you have any news from Lucia?
    Avete notizie di Lucia?
    Avete notizie di Lucia?
  3. Do you still work in a pharmacy?
    Lavori ancora in farmacia?
    Lavori ancora in farmacia?

Listen and repeat file B:

  1. We’ve got important news!
    _
    Abbiamo una notizia importante!
  2. Do you have any news from Lucia?
    _
    Avete notizie di Lucia?
  3. Do you still work in a pharmacy?
    _
    Lavori ancora in farmacia?

Listen and repeat file C:

  1. Abbiamo una notizia importante!
  2. Avete notizie di Lucia?
  3. Lavori ancora in farmacia?

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