50 songs learning Italian

How can you learn a language with music? The new communicative method is an even better way to remember words, lexicon, and accents.

Click here for 50 songs to listen (with lyrics) to hear some tunes for Italian language learners of many different levels.

Today, we chose this favorite by Paolo Conte (click to see his bio).

Did you like it? We already talked about tarantella (because our teachers in NonPlida classes are also musician, did you know?) and other old Italian folk music. But Conte, a famous blues singer, wrote other well known songs for Adriano Celentano. One became a famous anthem for sports games: AZZURRO, like the color of national team soccer.

Music had an important role in social changes during the last 50 years, didn’t?

Indicativo presente: Io lavoro…e penso a te

The Fall started a while ago, and our Italian lessons every week have been going very well since September. The foliage is out in full force, so it’s a good time to listen to a romantic song called “magari” (hopefully) under “un albero rosso” (a red tree). Discover this famous song that was a hit in the Seventies, sang by the famous Lucio Battisti

We can practice some verbs of Indicativo presente, too. Can you recognize them in this song?

Just an occasion to learn ancient Italian music

We would like to introduce some upcoming Italian things to do. What better occasion to learn some ancient words and to discuss their evolution in modern Italian in class?

WHEN: 07/29/2012

WHERE: http://www.nps.gov/long/planyourvisit/event-details.htm?eventID=389205-232573

Location: Longfellow House – Washington’s Headquarters National Historic Site Time: 4:00 PM Fee Information: Free and open to the public. Contact Name: Longfellow House – Washington’s Headquarters National Historic Site Contact Phone Number:(617) 876-4491

As a tribute to Dante Alighieri, Newpoli performs music from Italy.  Henry Wadsworth Longfellow greatly admired the poetry of Dante and translated Dante’s masterpiece, The Divine Comedy, published in 1867.  Newpoli is a group of musicians specializing in southern Italian folk music from the Middle Ages to the nineteenth century