9 of the Best Podcasts for Learning Italian

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Buongiorno! Who doesn’t dream of beautiful Italy: world-class landscapes, breath-taking history, outstanding food, and the culture of dolce fare niente! Well, not quite niente - which means “nothing”. There’s probably one little thing you want to try: learning Italiano!

Do you ever feel like you don’t have enough time in your busy life for learning more Italian?

Do you want to speak more like an Italian native?

Podcasts are a great way to add a little Italian listening practice into your day-to-day life. They are free, and can accompany any part of your day: driving a car, washing your dishes, doing laundry, working out, reading, and more.

Discover 9 of the best resources for other languages.

The Fluent Show

In addition to the Italian podcasts you’ll find in this article, check out the Fluent Show. That’s my own show, co-hosted by Lindsay Williams, where we discuss languages, learning methods, and how to live a multilingual life. Click here to listen and subscribe.

Quick Primer: How Do Podcasts Work?

If you’re curious about podcasts, but not quite sure how they work, here’s what you need to know:

  1. You can subscribe for free to podcasts on your phone, tablet, or computer

  2. If you use an iPhone or iPad, you can use the Podcasts app. If you’re on a Mac, use the itunes directory

  3. On a PC or Android device, try the Stitcher app for a quick and easy start

  4. Subscribing means you’ll always have the latest episode ready and waiting for you as soon as it’s published

Italian is a great language for learning by podcast, so let's dive into that top 9 list

In this article you’ll find:

  1. Italian Podcasts For Beginners
  2. Italian Podcasts For Intermediate and Advanced Learners
  3. Italian Video Resources
  4. Podcasts To Help You Learn Everyday Italian

Italian Podcasts For Beginners

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Radio Arlecchino

This is a very grammar-focused podcast, mostly in English, and focuses on making grammar points easily digestible through captivating stories and lots of dialogues. Their focus is on helping you speak. The coolest feature of each episode is a PDF transcript of the MP3 audio with notes and a discussion forum for each episode on the website.

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ItalianPod101.com (InnovativeLanguage)
 
ItalianPod101 from InnovativeLanguage covers the basic through advanced levels of Italian. The episodes are exciting and immersive. One episode I particularly enjoyed is Must-Know Italian Slang Words and Phrases - Expressions to Describe Someone You Dislike. It was one of the most humorous episodes and I learned about how colourful Italian insults can be! 

The dialogues are presented by engaging hosts in a clear, concise way covering many grammatical features and cultural topics. On the website you can sign up for premium content to access spaced repetition flashcards, PDF lesson notes, and a community forum.

Italian Podcasts For Intermediate and Advanced Learners

News in Slow Italian

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News in Slow Italian, an intermediate level podcast, discusses world news, grammar, and expressions in the form of slowed down audio. Every episode is a virtual immersion into the Italian-speaking world showing grammar and vocabulary in context. The hosts are engaging and they show you that the language is alive and vibrant and waiting for you to dive into it. 

The audio is very clear and easy to follow. On the website there are transcripts for each episode available with grammar, expressions, pronunciation, and quizzes. 

Arkos Academy Learn Italian

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Arkos Academy is mainly for the intermediate and advanced levels of learning Italian. The audio is mostly in Italian and the recordings are at a slower than normal pace, which allows you to really focus on strengthening your listening skills. There is also a lot of information on Italian culture and society, along with transcripts from each lesson on the website so that you can follow along and actively practice both your listening and reading at the same time.

As an added bonus, the Arkos Academy website offers a directory of private native teachers and excellent articles about Italy in Italian. 

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Podcast Italiano

This podcast is almost entirely in Italian and is mainly designed for intermediate learners although you can easily select your level and choose to listen to episodes that are right for you. The website includes transcripts as well as helps learners learn colloquialisms in the “Usi Colloquiali” (Colloquial Uses) section. Host Davide mixes stories from his own life with handy new vocabulary - a winning mix!

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Italiano Automatico Podcast

The Italiano Automatico podcast is great for upper intermediate and advanced learners of Italian. It’s total immersion combined with lots of interesting topics and explains idiomatic and colloquial expressions. It is the companion podcast to the popular Italian learning website Italiano Automatico by Alberto Arrighini.

Italian Video Resources

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Yabla Italian

Yabla is a video-based learning platform with bilingual subtitles and integrated dictionaries. The subtitles are interactive, which is a really cool concept! Check out how Yabla works in detail by reading my full review. One episode I particularly enjoyed is “Il mio mondo Su(r)-Reale” by Federica Reale, where she discusses how she conducts art workshops for children and adults to teach them how to create highly personalized books using recycled paper.

Yabla is great for all levels from basic to advanced, and you can check out their podcast and their videos for hours of entertainment.

Podcasts To Help You Learn Everyday Italian

30 Minute Italian

This show is ideal for learners at any level. The podcast host Cher Hale is super charming, and she provides fun, useful content for Italian learners about the language and the culture.

Cher says:

The Iceberg Project is an online experiment on how when you don’t know Italian you only see the surface of Italian culture (or the tip of the iceberg). When you get into learning the language, you’re able to deeply understand the mentality and mindset of Italian people (that is seeing the rest of the iceberg underwater). It’s about promoting understanding and compassion for Italian culture.

The show covers a variety of topics way beyond your usual textbooks. Check out Cher's episodes on How to Write a Love Letter in Italian, Phrases to Buy Jewelry in Italy, or her Tips for Navigating the Train System in Italy.

Coffee Break Italian

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Coffee Break Italian, a podcast from Radio Lingua Network, combines Italian language lessons with a lot of useful information about Italian food, culture, Italian speaking countries, and so on.

My favourite part of the podcast is the chemistry between relaxed and charismatic host Mark from Scotland, native Italian speaker Francesca, and Italian learner Katie as they guide through Italian grammar, conversation, culture, and society. I particularly enjoyed several episodes, including one about where the hosts talk about where you come from, nationalities, one about learning to talk about where you live, and the names of many countries. They were very fun to work through!

The dialogues are presented by engaging hosts in a clear, concise way covering many grammatical features and cultural topics. On the website you can sign up for the premium content to access spaced repetition flashcards, PDF lesson notes, and a community forum for a subscription fee.

Advanced Learner Tip: Native Italian Podcasts

The Italian podcast world has come a long way in recent times, and these days you’ll be able to find a big array of native level content to listen to when you want to get Italian language immersion. You can choose from a full catalogue of shows on topics from politics to film reviews.

The easiest way to access native Italian language podcasts is to go to iTunes and switch your country setting to Italy, San Marino, Vatican City, or Switzerland. There’s no restriction on your switch, and you’ll be able to access all podcasts in the same way that listeners from Italy can.

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This article was researched & co-written by Alex Gentry who also writes on Medium. Check him out!

This is not Fantascienza: A Real World Language Learning Sprint

I hope you have been looking forward to Tanja's most recent update of her progress in the italki Language Learning Challenge as much as I have. Tanja signed herself up to taking 20 Italian lessons in just 8 weeks. Has she done it? Is this possible for normal people? Find out everything right here in this awesome guest post.

Where is my Mind?

Only a few days to go until the iTalki Language Challenge ends – I have 18 lessons under my belt and the two that are left have been scheduled, so it’s looking hopeful. I’ve just finished a run of four Italian lessons in five days. In my last blog post, I mentioned that three to four hours a week didn’t seem all that bad to me. What I had forgotten is that when studying on intensive courses, you tend to not do much else. When I was doing my TEFL-training in Spain, the practice part involved teaching in the afternoon and in the evening, plus revision in the morning and preparation every single spare minute in between and on the weekends. With job and life and Italian, the past few weeks have felt like that.

A Hard Day’s Night

I also stated before that without further study in between lessons, people will not progress, or at least they won’t progress fast.

I have become more diligent with reminding my students of that: it’s not possible to upload knowledge into your brain, you will have to revise, you will have to read, you will have to focus. Don’t get me wrong. Every little helps. If you don’t really have time and determination to study right now, a “word of the day”-screensaver is a start. If you’ve previously learned a language and just want to maintain your level, a weekly discussion group might be enough. If you have to send business emails that are fairly standard, you may be able to get them mostly right with templates and a good dictionary. If you only want to read, working up the courage to speak to strangers spontaneously and trying to activate your passive vocabulary could be unnecessary (but I’d still recommend it). But, and this is a big but, if you really want to improve fast, or if you are just starting a language and know nothing, you will not be able to get anywhere without putting in some work.

Which brings me back to my hard day’s night. Eighteen hours into the challenge, I am shattered. Still getting over my cold, loads of other stuff going on – the late lessons have been quite strenuous. The good thing about lessons after 9pm is that I’m usually home, but having to be ready and chatty in front of the computer at the end of the day is surprisingly demanding.

Senses working overtime

So how much time have I actually spent studying Italian?

I vowed a few weeks ago to do at least half an hour of active listening per day, which I accomplished mainly by watching television. Having finished my Montalbano-miniseries (English subtitles), I bought a television show on DVD that was meant to have Italian subtitles, but didn’t - I am a little impressed with myself for sticking with it. I do believe that watching “original” television is great for experiencing the correct rhythm and speed of your new language. I have been assiduous and covered a lot of grammar - in theory. I did exercises, I familiarized myself with structures, but I haven’t really applied them much yet. In fact, my last few lessons have been mainly conversation, which has been challenging - but I think I want to go back to fifty percent studying new words and new structures. I also have to read more - I am a visual learner, so my eyes need exposure to correct syntax.

My favourite things

What I have been enjoying most during my learning experience is having set both my phone and my laptop to “Italian”. It’s such a pleasant language!

“Connessione in corso”, “Appena aggiornato”, “Controllo posta”, “Caselle”, ”KK sta scivendo”, “tre minuti fa”, “inserisci il password qui”, “A cosa stai pensando?” “MM ha condiviso questo articolo” - the new language makes facebook updates and various logins much more interesting. The computer settings are good for memorising little words - “aiuto”, “finestra” - and for learning proper sentences like “La batteria non è in carica“ (which means “the battery is not charging”, but unfortunately doesn’t offer an explanation for that…). Most importantly, all of this is a constant reminder that you are currently learning a new language.

Everybody’s talkin’

Let me share with you my three favourite words of the challenge and how I’ve memorised them:

  1. cucciolo - puppy: Puppies are unforgettable per se, but the pic in the 3400 words app is particularly endearing. Even the word is cute!

  2. fantascienza - science fiction: This confused me for the first couple of days because I kept forgetting the word order and fiction and fantasy wouldn’t mingle in my head. But then I remembered a picture I’d once seen on the internets and the picture and the word instantly became associated in my brain. I doubt I’ll forget it again, ever. (I won’t post the drawing for copyright reasons, but google “fanta sea”).

  3. cascina - country house: When I see the word, not only do I have the Blur single ringing in my ears, I also think “Tuscany - countryside - peace and quiet” (see my previous post for more detailed day-dreaming). Note that my associations are not “spiders”, “no central heating”, “no public transport” - because the brain can’t process negatives, right?

The Tower of Learning

I had a lesson with a community tutor this week who made me talk about very specific topics. He spoke quite fast so the lesson was tough for me. However, he did comment afterwards that some conversation had been on a C2 level (which I highly doubt) and that whatever I was doing, I should keep doing. Mille grazie!

In my next post, I will talk a bit more about the future, but I am already wondering what to do come March. I can’t afford to keep up with this amount of lessons, though I have grown quite attached to my teachers. I have arranged for a small test to be done after lesson number 20 to somehow assess my progress, though of course I know that’s not going to be a definite result. The trick is to keep going.

I also kind of want to learn another language now, because I am feeling super inspired - and wouldn’t it be fun to be able to read in Arabic?

My New Year Language Challenge: The First 15 Days of Italian

Ciao everyone, today I'm quite excited to be sharing my guest writer Tanja's first update on how she is getting on with the italki Language Challenge.

“Monolingualism is curable”

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Ciao a tutti! Today’s title is quoting a local professor who always used to say this to her students. I think it’s a charming notion - and a good one. I am now a little more than two weeks into my italki Challenge adventure, I have had eight sessions since January 15th, so I’m slightly ahead of schedule. I said my first sentences in Italian in November and now I am reading a book about Greek philosophers, watching films about murders in Sicily and having conversations about social movements in Europe during the 70s, all in Italian. None of this comes easy, but it’s doable.

Staying motivated

italki is providing the challenge participants with weekly motivational emails. As they have correctly pointed out, most people remain motivated in the first week - it’s further on that it gets harder. I admit I initially did not even consider three hours a week too much of a challenge. Intensive courses with five hours a day: that’s what I call intense. And yet, there have been midweek 9pm sessions after a full day of work and appointments when “sleep” seemed like a much more attractive option. No matter how tired I was, I always felt a sense of achievement after attending. It's similar to the feeling you get when you’ve made yourself go for a run - both because I’d opted out of being lazy and because my lessons have in fact been enjoyable throughout.

I did cancel my offline lessons (for the duration of the challenge, at least), for two reasons: a) It would have been tricky to fit more lessons into my week, b) I figured that it’ll be easier to eventually assess my “italki-progress” that way.

Learning with italki

A couple of weeks ago, I decided to pick a second teacher. Three lessons a week with one person seemed excessive, especially with my usual teacher's very time-consuming (for him) method of making Anki cards to address frequent mistakes I make. Since we are not following a strict course of study anyway, I opted for asking another teacher whether she’d like to help me along. It’s working out very well - I stick to similar grammar topics across the board (recently: pronouns, next up: future tense) and yet they both do things very differently. My second teacher sends me stuff in advance while I receive my other teacher's materials after the lesson. The homework varies, the conversations focus on very different topics.

The Skype sessions feel more one to one than even offline lessons, because everyone is so focused. At the same time, exercises deemed too time-consuming are immediately assigned as homework, so that no valuable teaching time is wasted.

I can see myself taking Skype lessons for a while

Are there disadvantages? Well - depends. What you don’t have in these lessons is interaction with other learners, so for people who like to compare themselves with others that might be a disadvantage. The lessons are also intense and you can’t escape your teacher - which is what a surprising number of students in classrooms seem to try to do. For me that’s not an option, there is nobody else except the native speaker teacher to listen to me, so I am not nervous to speak “in class”. Personally, I can see myself taking Skype lessons for a while, while I had not committed to regular courses for a long time.

Have I studied hard?

Surprisingly, with three lessons a week, I lack the time to do my “usual” kind of studying: making lists, checking them twice etc. Both teachers give me a fair amount of homework, which I appreciate. Since life continues on, however, I have not had huge amounts of time to do other studying with my own books. I have tried hard to get my hands onto “immersion materials”. In an attempt to familiarise myself with Italian culture, I have developed a slightly unhealthy obsession with Commissario Montalbano, even though I don’t even like detective series very much. I first checked it out because it was on Prime (editor note: This is Amazon Prime, click here for a free trial through Fluent's Affiliate link) for free, and now I have ordered the DVD set (with English subtitles). I have also watched a few episodes of other shows on youtube, and while it’s still very difficult to even get the gist, it’s nice to be able to listen to “real conversation at original speed”.

It’s all Greek to me

Speaking of comprehension: I’ve noticed a number of weird issues. A few weeks ago, I downloaded some podcasts and it took me until the third one to notice that the guy was alternating between Spanish and Italian, using the former to explain the latter. Clearly my brain was just set to “foreign”. I hope this will stop happening in the future when Italian becomes much more “my language”.

Also, accents: My new teacher comes from a different region which I assume means she speaks with a different accent. I couldn’t say, though, and I have long had the theory that learners can’t really tell accents apart in the early stages of learning. How else would any young Brit on a language exchange ever understand Bavarians?

Core Language Skills

Practising reading, writing, listening and speaking at the same time is essential for my personal definition of “becoming fluent”. Various blogs suggest learning very basic grammar and then spending most of your time learning vocabulary. This seems a fair approach if you are learning a language for communication, because as we all know it’s perfectly possible usually to understand speakers with poor grammar skills. This is true, by the way, for native as well as non-native speakers, and that is my issue with the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). Their tests, similar to language entrance exams at national universities, would be quite a challenge for a lot of native speakers who can’t actually summarise articles in their mother tongue, or find it hard to have an ad-hoc conversation about “advanced” topics. When “measuring” language skills, the inventors seem to more or less cater for an “academic” clientele. I have a lot more to say about that (maybe some other time) but, for now, I’ll admit that I am said clientele and that I do want to know the stuff required on those levels.

With my knowledge of language structures and my familiarity with cognates, I have a fair understanding even of intermediate texts because I just know the words from other languages and have a knack for guessing from context. What I lack is a solid grammar foundation that is taught at levels A1 and A2. That’s because my lessons are mainly focussed on speaking, with the “learning” happening in between sessions. This suits me fine, because I really don’t need to have someone sit on the other side of the internet while I do gap-fills. Grammar is not, however, drilled into me. As I have mentioned before, drills never made me fluent in French, so I am interested to see if I become better at the basics as my speaking and my comprehension progress. The above-mentioned approach insists that grammar will become much easier once you already “know” the language. Also (and I am sorry I forgot the source, I have been reading zillions of blog posts) it was said somewhere that you can’t learn a language, you just get used to it. That sounds good, right?

What have I learned?

I have learned that Italian has some seriously long words, that language apps are not always perfect (for example, one insists that “tazza” is another word for “toilet”, but all my dictionaries disagree, though who knows about colloquialisms) but mostly useful (I think the 3400 words app has had some real effect on my vocabulary skills). I finally figured out my HD receiver and found out that I have an Italian news channel! The most important insight however is that I really like Italian, so I am very glad to be diving into it.

Note from Kerstin: Core Skills Book

If you are interested in finding out more about the four core language skills and how you can train them in your language learning, I recommend you check out my book Fluency Made Achievable, which comes with targeted exercise ideas and a 3 Week Planner for Fluency.

My New Year Language Challenge: Totalmente Italiano

Now that the new year has begun, I bet you're feeling fired up to take more language lessons, spend more time studying and set all kinds of new goals. And as a language tutor, you know where I stand on the issue: You should at try working with a 1-to-1 tutor. Good language teachers are the ultimate key to unlocking language learning.

While italki is certainly not the only place for you to find a good tutor, they are definitely one of the most encouraging. For 2015, italki is relaunching the Language Challenge. Sadly I'm too busy to get involved this time, but I've found a fearless roving reporter in my friend Tanja. Tanja is taking the Challenge and reporting on her Italian learning progress here on Fluent, and hopefully you'll feel encouraged and get involved in the Challenge too. You can read more below and sign up until Jan 31st.

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Something New - Learning to be Fluent

My name is Tanja, and I have loved languages ever since my very first English lesson, aged 10, but sadly never turned into a “polyglot”. At school, I also took French and Latin while trying, at the same time, to teach myself Spanish at home, with tapes and a book (yes, tapes). At uni, I finally did an intensive Spanish course, followed up by a fairly advanced course in Girona. Ever since, I have been trying to boost my French and Spanish skills, to no great avail. My main achievement is that I own a lot of books in the languages. Some of the French ones I have even read. I also started courses in Swedish, Dutch and Ancient Greek, but never got past greetings.

Fluency

Fluency, for me, has a lot to do with speaking. I have come to realise that I am simply not fluent in more languages because I am too worried to make mistakes. Of course that’s wrong - after all, I moved to England aged 18 and therefore personally experienced that immersion works. I am a certified TEFL-teacher, I have been teaching classes for decades, not a single lesson passes in which I don’t tell my students that it’s okay to make mistakes. One of my students was “healed” from not speaking when I told her to pay attention to how many times a day, she can’t think of a word in German, doesn’t finish a sentence etc., in her mother tongue. I know the tricks of the trade, I understand how learning progresses, and I am aware that knowing a language isn’t just about being able to read books in it. My retirement vision of living in a house in France (with a big library) has long been marred by the realisation that I won’t be able to negotiate the contract and that my wine-fuelled discussions with my imaginary lovely neighbours will likely never happen if I don’t say more than “Bonjour, madame!”

So why Italian?

In the late summer of 2014, I decided to learn Italian from scratch. Though I still wanted to become fluent in French and possibly Spanish eventually, I made a choice. This time, I would go about it differently. I wouldn’t repeat and revise what I had already studied several times over the course of twenty years, but would start over. I wanted to apply all that I knew about language learning, and I wanted to give the communicative approach - basically, the belief that it is essential to speak and hence, communicate, from the very beginning - another try. Having had a very grammar-focused language education, this was bound to be hard for me, but it would be okay, especially because the other approaches clearly hadn’t worked.

I can’t say I have always wanted to learn Italian. In fact, I never wanted to learn Italian. I thought it was too similar to French and especially Spanish and it would confuse me more than help. I refused to holiday in Italy because it seemed more useful to go to places where “my” languages were spoken - but when in Spain or France, I very rarely used them. Nonetheless, I was fascinated by Italy: the history, the culture, the writers, recently even the politics were of great interest to me. After all, with the Front National being so successful in France, I might have to move my retirement home to Tuscany. Bonus: Italian food is glorious. So in August, I vowed to a friend that I’d learn Italian, and become fluent - fast.

What I Tried

Once the idea had hatched, I checked out the language very theoretically. I also booked a trip to Rome for New Year. By then, I wanted to be able to speak well enough. I tried to find a tandem partner via Couchsurfing and sort of did, but we never managed to meet up. It was a busy September, so I didn’t do much except practise on Duolingo. My plan was to fit a course into my full-time job schedule, and I had my eyes set on one that would be Fridays from 2-6pm, starting mid-October. This was meant to get me to B1-level in a semester. Shortly before the course was to commence, I bought the set course books. Then it was cancelled. This was the point at which I’d normally move on to another hobby - but not this time. I had made a promise to myself and further decided it would be good for my own teaching to feel like a newbie for a change. I searched online and found an offline teacher. The first time I sat in front of R., I was able to say absolutely nothing, Duolingo notwithstanding. I got homework though, and three days later, I had already improved. By the next week, I could write sentences in two tenses. I was hooked, but felt like I was doing most of the studying by myself. I then, having first registered in October, decided to actually use italki. In November I had my first trial sessions - both were very good, and in addition to being super-supportive, my second teacher somehow got me to talk.

How I Learn

So far, since late November, I have had one offline lesson a week (90 minutes) and one to two italki-sessions. I will be participating in the italki language challenge from January 15th, so that’ll mean three hours a week on average. In addition, I study some of the grammar we talk about in the classes on various websites (e.g. scudit.net, http://parliamoitaliano.altervista.org). I also use my prematurely purchased course book, especially for the offline course. My teacher on italki prepares Anki cards for me after every lesson. I downloaded free Italian Kindle books (though I haven’t read them yet) as well as some learning guides. Since I already know a decent amount of French and Latin words, I have assembled lists of cognates - there are several online for English speakers. I hope these will be more helpful when my grammar has improved a little. Apart from human interaction, my favourite exercise so far is writing just a few sentences a day into my new Italian calendar. In the next few blog posts, I will reflect on how well I am getting on with the different tools.

So far, so good

I think it’s going well - I am determined to succeed in the challenge, if only because Kerstin so kindly gave me the opportunity to share this adventure with you out there. After only four weeks of learning, I am able to understand a lot of Italian - and I always got the pizza I wanted in Rome. A presto!

Quick italki Language Challenge Overview

  • For this Challenge, Tanja is committing to taking 20 hours of language lessons between Jan 15th and Feb 28th - that's just 6 weeks!

  • All lessons count, even free community ones, so you can try out as many tutors as you like. This is about building a habit.

  • Learn ANY language at all - maybe even get to level C2 this time!

  • There's also a reward, as italki is giving away 400 ITC to successful takers at the end.

Sign up to the italki Language Challenge or simply learn more here.

Bookmark This! The 73 Best Language Blogs To Help You Learn Any Language

You may remember that back in July, Fluent hosted a rather sensational giveaway featuring prizes from Italki, Rosetta Stone and more friends of the Fluent blog. The giveaway was amazing, with more than 500 of you entering to win a prize! What you might not remember is that during the entry form I also asked you about your favourite language learning blogs. These blogs have now been counted and used to create the first ever Fluent list of awesome blogs to learn languages.

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Altogether, we counted over 250 votes so check out this great list of blogs and let me know which one is your favourite in the comments. I had a lot of fun checking out all these blogs and hope you'll discover some amazing new ones. Do share and bookmark this article and make it a resource for when you need motivation, or a laugh, or just a new place to find inspiration online!

The categories included are any language, German, French, English, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Arabic, Dutch, Italian, Spanish, Irish, Russian, and Norwegian.

Blogs for Learning Any Language

1) Fluent in 3 Months

Benny Lewis remains the heavyweight in language learning blogs, with his established and award-winning platform right at the top at 58 votes. Congrats, Benny!

2) Fluent Language

Okay, this could have been totally biased but I'm proud anyway because 47 of you love the Fluent blog! My dedication to helping you learn any language with my articles and books is unwaivering. You can find all my articles with a quick search in the archive.

3) Italki

Surprise entry! The italki blog came in at number three, scooping up 30 votes. The site is huge and offers something for any learner, so go check it out.

4) the Polyglot Dream

Italian Luca Lampariello lives by the belief that you cannot be taught a language, you have to learn it. His blog bagged a respectable 10 votes.

5) r/languagelearning

Reddit! How can I describe it? The internet's busiest message board? An amazing online community? Whatever it is, once you join Reddit you'll be amazed at how much knowledge and discussion there is about any topic under the sun. The Language Learning subreddit is a place to give and find advice with a global community.

6) I Will Teach You a Language

You will? Bring it! Olly Richards is behind this fabulous promise and shares his own language learning journey as well as all he learns along the way.

7) Fluent Forever

Gabriel Wyner (an interviewee in Fluency Made Achievable) speaks five languages, sings arias and has a book published. Phew!

8) Speaking Fluently

This website is another big polyglot name's blog. Richard Simcott makes videos in all kinds of languages, co-organises the annual Polyglot Gathering and learns, and learns, and learns.

9) Mezzofanti Guild

The Mezzofanti Guild is a group blog full of motivation, interesting observations and posts from some truly smart people. This blog's been around a while and I recommend you check out their considerable archive!

10) Lindsay Does Languages

Look out for Episode 8 of the Creative Language Learning Podcast to get to know more about Lindsay, a total Youtube and blogging and online POWERHOUSE of the languages.

And here is the rest of the chart for learning and thinking about any language:

11) Rawlangs by Alex Rawlings

12) Words and Worlds of New York by Ellen Jovin

13) About.com for pretty much any language

14) Actual Fluency by Chris Broholm

15) Interpals, the international pen pal exchange

16) Languages Around the Globe

17) Memrise

18) The Linguist - The Blog of Steve Kaufmann

19) How To Languages

20) Language Surfer

21) Lingholic by Sam Gendreau

The Best German Learning Blogs

1) Your Daily German

This amazingly approachable and detailed grammar blog bagged a whole five votes from the Fluent German learning gang and I can completely see why. It's einfach super.

2) Deutsche Welle

Get news, courses, podcasts, anything from Germany's biggest international broadcaster. Not a blog, but just an AMAZING resource.

And with one vote each:

3) Learn Out Live!

4) Deutsch für Euch on Youtube

5) Get Germanized on Youtube

6) Mr Antrim -- You guessed it, on Youtube!

7) Aprender Alemão for Portuguese speakers

The Best French Learning Blogs

All of these came in at an equal amount of votes, so I'm going straight to the list:

1) Talk in French

2) Le Point du FLE - a great resource for teachers

3) Oui, c'est ça!

The Best English Learning Blogs

Equal votes for each.

1) Cork English Teacher on Facebook

2) English Baby, not just for babies

3) ESL Teaching tales, a really interesting teacher's perspective

4) Happy English Blog

5) Grammarly

The Best Chinese Learning Blogs

Equal votes for each.

1) Chinesisch Trainer, a blog for Germans wanting to learn Chinese.

2) Chineasy

3) Hacking Chinese

4) Shiny Chinese

5) Yoyo Chinese

6) Dig Mandarin

The Best Japanese Learning Blogs

1) All Japanese All The Time

With four votes, this Japanese blog was the most popular among the blogs for learning a single language. I love the tagline: "You don't learn a language. You get used to it."

2) Tofugu

3) JLPT Boot Camp

The Best Korean Learning Blogs

1) Talk to Me in Korean

A runaway winner with five votes! This site is SERIOUS about Korean.

2) Sydney to Seoul

The Best Arabic Learning Blogs

Again, equal votes for each.

1) The Arabic Student

2) Learn Arabic with Maha on Youtube

The Best Dutch Learning Blog

Uncontested, tee hee!

Dutch Word of the Day

The Best Italian Learning Blog

The Iceberg Project

The Best Spanish Learning Blogs

1) El Español Sin Misterios

This Mexican blog for Spanish learners got the most votes, and it's all in Spanish and full of interesting facts so you can really immerse yourself.

And the Runners-Up, with one vote each:

2) XKCD in Spanish

3) Lightspeed Spanish

4) El Blog de Español

5) Reflecciones

The Best Irish Learning Blog

Bitesize Irish Gaelic

The Best Russian Learning Blog

Russificate

The Best Norwegian Life Blog

Life in Norway

Wow, thank you all so much for entering the giveaway and voting for your favourite blogs. The list above is amazing, such a great resource for learners of any language. What's your favourite? Have you found something new in this list? Anything to add? Don't forget to comment and tell me what you think.

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