Understanding spoken Italian
I am trying hard to learn Italian. After two years at night school and working through 16 Linguaphone CDs (extremely useful) I can read simple Italian and say simple phrases and sometimes whole sentences very slowly. However, I cannot understand spoken Italian – too fast and too many words and tenses that I do not know. So I cannot yet advance my Italian by watching Italian TV or listening to the radio. What I need is practice perhaps by hearing short passages of Italian together with a written transcription. The intermediate and advanced dialogues to be found under the language section of this Italymag site would be just perfect (I can understand the written text) but there is no spoken stream and I would quickly exhaust the eight passages. There are many audio books on the RAI Radio Tre site but they are too advanced and there is no written equivalent. Has anyone found a good solution to this type of problem and does anyone know of a source of the type of material that I seek?Best wishes to all.