How to Use Audible & Kindle to Learn a Foreign Language [Video]

How to Use Audible & Kindle to Learn a Foreign Language

While you don’t need technology to learn a language, it definitely makes it easier! I decided to film a sit down study with me video where I walk you through exactly how I’m using the Kindle & Audible versions of Harry Potter e la Pietra Filosofale. (Affiliate link – if this post helped motivate your language studies in any way, I would greatly appreciate your support!)

While I’m a hard core old school book lover who loves the feel of worn, dog-eared pages between my hands and the musty smell of a well loved book, I will hands down always choose to read on my Kindle in Italian (well, the Kindle app on my iPhone that is).

There’s a crucial difference in how I read in English vs. how I read in Italian. When I read in English, my native language, I read for entertainment, enjoyment, or curiosity. Sure, I might learn new facts, but I’m not learning the language per say. When I read in Italian, I read to learn new vocabulary & grammar in context. 

The Kindle app gives me the ability to instantly look up new vocabulary, and then highlight it to save for later. Plus, I can hear the native pronunciation by simultaneously listening to the Audible version.

I’ve been reading at a snail’s pace, about a page a day. The reason is, I really want to understand what I read. That means I might read the same page several times to review new vocabulary and really let it sink in.

Another thing that has kept me motivated is having a reading buddy, Ishita from Italophilia. So leave a comment if you’d like to join us! We often share our new vocabulary on Twitter or Instagram. Use the hashtag #LearnItalianTogether so that we can connect with you!

Watch my full video tutorial below! I’m new to filming & editing, so any constructive feedback is appreciated! I always seem to get carried away chatting in these videos…long videos, yay or nay!?

What are you currently reading? Have you ever used Kindle or Audible for language learning? I’d love for you to share your experience with me in the comments! 

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Ciao, I'm Kelly!

Welcome to my adventures in learning Italian, often while cooking authentic Italian recipes and wine tasting! I love discovering the traditional regional cuisine of Italy and trying to recreate those dishes when I'm back home in the US. I'm also on my way to becoming an Italian citizen through jure sanguinis (by ancestry).

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Questa Dolce Vita (@questadolcevita)

Kelly! Do you know if I use the hashtag on stories, can you see it???

Questa Dolce Vita (@questadolcevita)

I can’t tell if your comments are working, I just left one but I don’t see it…test test!

Lucy and Kelly
2 years ago

I love this! I once read a sample of a book by an Italian lady, that we loved from a TV show. I didn’t stop to translate but I did read it all the way to the end. I know that might sound odd but I just like reading and feel like i’m practicing. I do have Italian actor Giulio Berruti’s debut novel on my bookshelf (I bought it while in Padova) and my aim is to actually read and understand all of it one day. We have a book at work now full of children’s stories that we read… Read more »

Lucy and Kelly
2 years ago

This sounds pretty awesome Kelly! You inspire us so much! πŸ™‚ We love listening to Italian music and then translating lyrics but this sounds like such a great idea that we must try! We do have one or two books and magazines in Italian and love looking through them. Lucy and Kelly xx

2 years ago

Thank you Kelly for the kind mention. I am so loving this Language exercise we are doing together. In bocca al lupo!

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