It’s grey and windy outside my airport hotel window, which incidentally overlooks a carpark and is alongside a motorway (freeway, interstate?)
My flight’s not until tomorrow morning, and the restaurant doesn’t open for another hour.
So time for a quick post on how to learn Italian with music!
If you don’t listen to Italian pop (I don’t, normally), well you might be surprised at how easy it can be to understand the words.
There’s a strong tradition in Italy of singer-songwriters who produce “ballads”, which tell a story. The words seem to be a lot more important than in western pop music.
Anyway, this is what we’re going to do.
I post a song which you can listen to, plus links to the lyrics.
You then listen to the song, read the words, and do your “homework”, which will be to leave a comment saying what you think it’s all about. (Read other people’s comments too, that way we’ll have a sort of collaborative effort at figuring it out. It’ll be fun!)
When you start to know who’s who in Italian pop, perhaps you’ll get into the habit of listening more, which will really pay off for you. Listening to music is motivating, and will really help you learn new words and improve your pronunciation and listening skills.
OK, so today’s song is “Il testamento di Tito” by Fabrizio De Andrè.
You’ll find the lyrics here.
Read the words as you listen. Don’t worry about all the stuff you don’t get the first time around. Just aim to get the general meaning if you can.
Then maybe take the time to read through the text again, carefully. Use a dictionary if you must, though it makes the whole process more laborious and time-consuming.
Much more fun to learn a verse or two to sing in the shower or impress your friends and family with.
OK, that’s it for now. The restaurant’s open.
But don’t forget, your homework is to leave a comment (fill in the box at the bottom of this post) and tell me what you think this song’s about.
And also, whether you like this way of learning!