When learning a new language things can be very complicated, especially if you are a busy person, but discovering how to introduce the new language in your usual activities can be very complicated. Sometimes, you thought about other ways to learn Italian or another language, using the news media to learn Italian is an interesting way to learn this language, of course with it you can learn vocabulary and improve your knowledge and pronunciation.
The first thing that most people do in the morning is to read the news, but how about a change? You can use the news media. You are going to need a newspaper in Italian, for that, you can subscribe to one (the most recommendable option).
Instead of reading a newspaper in you traditional language (English), you decide that from now on you are going to read newspapers in italian (for example http://www.mediaonline.net/en/italy), of course at first it is going to seem harder than using the italian learning books but as the time passes by they will be easy to read and to understand. It is recommendable that you have in hand a dictionary so you are going to have a back up. The first thing that you have to do is to try to understand the story of what is written in the paper, once again at the beginning it is going to seem pretty difficult but as time passes by it will become easier. Another thing that you can do is translate each and every word of an article of a the news paper, that way you are going to improve a lot your italian vocabulary and the only thing left is to connect ideas.
But there will be sometimes that you are going to have problems since they are not popular ones in English speaking countries for that you might have to consider an online newspaper. Do the same, read and try to understand as much as you can, if you find a word you cannot understand use a translator. Another thing that you can do is printing a page and then translate it and compare word by word.
Another option that you have is to watch TV in italian, this is going to help you with your pronunciation and listening skills, you have no idea how instructive a TV broadcast can be. It is recommended that when you are watching TV you pay attention to how the language is spoken. Also you can record every broadcast so you are going to be able to replay any scene that you have doubts about. This kind also has an online version, they are like www.webcamsmania.com but they happen in real time.
Radio is another option, although it is more difficult to find radios that play in italian, you have the possibility to find them on the internet. Listening carefully will help you on your listening skill.
Whatever the picked available Medias or online Medias, the only way to perfect your italian is practicing and Medias are the best way to do it because they are the easiest way to get a job in another country for example: cooking jobs; is to know as many languages as you can especially about cooking terms.