News in Slow Italian to Learn Fast

News in slow italian read by a native speaker to practice reading and listening. For beginners and intermediate speakers. 100% free!

Stefano Lodola


News in slow Italian to practice reading and listening

Learn Italian by reading and listening to news from Italian media read by a native speaker at a slow pace!

An engaging way to :

  • Improve your listening comprehension skills
  • Rapidly expand your vocabulary
  • Be exposed to Italian grammar and common idiomatic expressions
  • Practice pronunciation
  • Check your understanding with short tests

This podcast is ideal for beginners to intermediate Italian speakers because:

  • Every Italian text has been simplified down to an intermediate level (B1-B2), both in terms of grammar and expressions
  • The speaker keeps a relatively slow, but still natural pace so that you can understand almost every word and sentence
  • You can always check what you don’t understand in the English translation
  • You can download the Italian podcast and play the audio with any media player
  • You won’t get distracted as when you use an app on your phone
  • No subscription needed

How to listen to this audio material

You need a simple plan for learning effectively with news in slow Italian. To get the most out of every news, I suggest this three-step approach:

  1. Read the new for the gist, not the details. Focus on trying to understand the main ideas of the story: the characters, the major developments, and the setting. The speech rates are set to let you understand enough.
  2. Read it again, but this time, do a careful read. Highlight or underline unknown words, phrases or grammatical constructions that are unfamiliar to you. Once you finish this read, translate all the unfamiliar words and phrases and write them down in a notebook or on flashcards to help you remember them later.
  3. Use the translations to read the story one final time. This allows you to understand the text fully and have quick access to the translations and explanations.
  4. For extra practice, I suggest writing a summary of the story. This will give you a more complete understanding of it and make new vocabulary and grammar topics easier to recall later.

No subscription or special equipment is needed. All these resources are free.

Free podcast to listen to news in slow Italian

A news podcast for learning real expressions from the media

Beginners and intermediate speakers could immensely benefit from listening to the news. In the news, you’re exposed to expressions that you wouldn’t find in apps or textbooks.

However, the media (radio, TV, weekly Italian podcasts) don’t speak slow enough. Just try watching a TV news program. Their speech rates are too fast, even for intermediate speakers. Gramma is advanced and their expressions are unusual.

An online radio news broadcast doesn’t come with a transcript and a translation. And it’s not slow enough. An app on your phone can be distracting. Grammar books are boring. In fact, you don’t need an app for grammar.

You can download these files and listen to a slow news program as you would do with an app or a podcast, without distractions from your phone. 

I personally adapted this news from Italian media like radio so that can still have an app-like experience on this page at accessible speech rates. Bookmark this page for your weekly practice.

The Italian news on this page is 100% free to listen and download and is updated on a weekly basis. You can download the audio and listen to it at any time. Play it while driving as you would do with the radio, a podcast, an app, or other kinds of media.

Since the news are kept short, you can use them to squeeze a lot of Italian learning into a relatively small span of time. Reading short stories is a great way to get quick doses of Italian practice. Download them and program your mind to think and speak in Italian.

Short news in slow Italian offer exposure to simple, natural sentence structure and accessible speech rates. This makes them great for beginners and intermediate speakers who want to maintain their competency. These resources add up to any grammar course that you may be taking.