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!1
La Dolce Vita through from California to Italy. I’m Kelly, an American girl with Italian taste in food & wine. I blog about learning Italian, food & wine pairings, how to find authentic Italian ingredients in the US, and seasonal recipes from scratch.