For those of you facing a lot of hanging around this Easter weekend, here’s something useful you can be getting on with while waiting for the relatives to arrive and the lamb to roast (or vice versa.)
This is the third of our series of A2 Italian listening practice exercises. (To find the others, just scroll back through recent articles here.)
If you’re new to language-learning (or to this site), there’s an explanation of what A2 means (and in general, how to evaluate your level in Italian) here.
So, ready to go with the listening practice?
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- Listen at least once without the transcript (it’s harder, but it’s doing you good)
- Listen again multiple times with the transcript
- Finally, try the track again without the words…
- Leave any study of grammar or vocabulary issues until AFTER you’ve gone through points 1-3 – just focus on the listening.
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3.INDICAZIONI STRADALI – CASA DI CARLO
Carlo vive in un quartiere di periferia. Per fortuna però l’ufficio dove lavora non è molto lontano. Per arrivarci infatti Carlo esce di casa e prosegue dritto per circa duecento metri e poi gira alla prima a destra. Prosegue dritto per altri trecento metri e poi all’incrocio svolta a sinistra. Il suo ufficio si trova sulla destra in un palazzo di recente costruzione.
Anche per andare al supermercato a fare la spesa Carlo impiega circa venti minuti a piedi. Infatti Carlo esce di casa e prosegue dritto fino al primo incrocio. Lì attraversa la strada e gira a sinistra.
Dopo trecento metri svolta a sinistra in Via Garibaldi . Il supermercato si trova sul lato sinistro della strada, di fronte al semaforo.
Purtroppo però la casa di Carlo è lontana dalla piscina che frequenta due volte alla settimana e che si trova in centro.
Per arrivarci Carlo prende il motorino e impiega mezz’ora. Prima prosegue dritto sulla via principale per un kilometro, poi alla rotatoria svolta a destra. La strada poi fa una grande curva. Dopo la curva Carlo gira a sinistra ed entra nel parcheggio della piscina.
Anche se abita in periferia Carlo non vuole cambiare casa, perché la trova molto comoda.
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Another beautifully enunciated piece. The speed is perfect for a learner and the topic extremely useful. I am beginning to get a bit more confident giving and taking directions and this exercise is perfect. It is so easy to feel nervous if you thing you are not going to understand. Usually that means it will be harder to understand. The beauty of these listening exercises is that they are so calm. Not always my experience when trying to follow a real, excitable, high speed conversation.
Thanks for the feedback, Karen.
Yes, it’s true that ‘real-life listening’ can be much more stressful!
But what I’m hoping is that, by building people up gradually, level by level, their confidence will improve along with the ability to actually hear stuff. The result should be a greater ability to understand what others say, and to manage conversations ‘in the field’, so to speak.
But we’ll see! There are still four and a half levels to go…