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Italian Language Resources

Steve Cohen

Here are some of my favorite links on the web for Italian language sites. There are lots of other sites in each of these categories. I like these because they provide fairly easy access to their content and all seem to respond fairly well. I have made at least some use of each of them.

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Reggio Lingua: www.reggiolingua.it
Study Italian abroad programs and study Italian at the teacher's home in Reggio Emilia (see the classified)

Il Sasso - Italian Language School: www.ilsasso.com
Learn Italian @ Il Sasso Language School in Montepulciano, Tuscany (see the classified)

Lucca Italian School: www.luccaitalianschool.com/
Italian language courses and cooking classes in Lucca, Tuscany (see the classified)

bolognalingua: www.bolognalingua.com
Italian language lessons in Bologna (see the classified)

Typing Italian Accents

To type an accent on the message board, hold down ALT and type the corresponding 3 digit number using the number pad:

à 0224 - - À 0192
á 0225 - - Á 0193
è 0232 - - È 0200
é 0233 - - É 0201
ì 0236 - - Ì 0204
í 0237 - - Í 0205
ò 0242 - - Ò 0210
ó 0243 - - Ó 0211
ù 0249 - - Ù 0217
ú 0250 - - Ú 0218
« 0171 - - » 0187

italian.about.com: Typing Italian accents

www.wordreference.com: Online dictionary

Radio

www.radio.rai.it: GRR - Italian Radio website. Live broadcast stream, archived clips in various categories ranging from 10 seconds to an hour in length, and some stories in text.

News Briefs in Text Form

it.news.yahoo.com: Current and recent news briefs from Yahoo! Italy.

www.mondomedia.it: Links to web sites of major Italian (and some foreign) newspapers and periodicals.

www.lastampa.it: The online version of the Italian newspaper La Stampa. This is included in the list of links on Mondo Media (above), but deserves a special mention. It provides ready access to complete current news stories and an archive going back 30 days.

Video

These are best with a high speed connection, cable or DSL.

www.cnnitalia.it: Current major news from CNN, including some video.

www.my-tv.it: My-TV. Somewhat "arty" video news reporting, including stories of local interest in Rome and Milan.

Literature

These offer a lot of free downloads of books which are out of copyright (Dante, say).

www.liberliber.it: Liber Liber. In their words: Una biblioteca digitale di testi elettronici, accessibili gratuitamente. Si possono scaricare con FTP o consultare in linea. (In mine: A digital library of online texts, accessible for free. You can download with FTP or reference online.) Select "biblioteca", then click on a first letter in the "elenco per autore" (list by author) or "elenco per opere" (list by work) to see the available texts. For example, you can select "B" in the author list, then click on "Boccaccio, Giovanni", then select one of the author's works, say "Decameron" which you can read online from your browser (leggi subito) or download for free (scarica gratis sul tuo computer) as a "zipped" HTML or text file to read offline.

www.debibliotheca.com: De Bibliotheca. Similar capabilities to "Liber Liber" above, but with a different look and organization.

www.internetbookshop.it: Buy modern books in Italian from this online Italian bookshop. Steve has used them.

Language

www.transparent.com: They will email you the word of the day in selected languages (click Languages and you will see word of the day).

www.verba-volant.net: They will email you a quotation of the day in Italian.

www.champs-elysees.com: They publish a monthly audio magazine to help you learn Italian. You receive a booklet and a tape or CD. Steve has subscribed and really likes the study program (it is advanced).

www.wordreference.com: Harper Collins online dictionary for several languages.

Resources

Slow Travel Classified Listings: Language Schools in Italy

Language School in Lucca: See Carol M's latest trip report, two weeks in May 2003 - Attending the Centro Koine in Lucca.

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