Italian is not my first language, nor is it my second, or third or fourth. Okay! REAL TALK – I only know one language, and it was the one I learnt from birth, English.
I knew when Sofia reached grade 5 that we were expected to incorporate learning a second language into our homeschool schedule. I WAS TERRIFIED. In school we were taught French and I did horribly. In my defense, I was not at all interested in the language nor was the teacher interested in teaching it. Similarly, we both felt the same way. Not the best learning environment.
In speaking with our IDL Teacher I voiced my concerns to her. However, she seemed to have more confidence in me teaching the language that I did, but thankfully offered another idea. She asked if there was another language within our family that is spoken fluently by someone. Ideally someone that we get to see often. She went on to explain that learning a new language at any age is more successful when practiced naturally and frequently.
Lucky for my children I married a man who almost ONLY speaks Italian to his family and therefore makes the perfect teacher. With that, I decided to throw out the more traditional route of teaching them French, and went with Italian as our second-language. Let me tell you, I felt a lot less pressure when I knew that I had a teachers assistant in the subject.
Above all, we were all on our way to learning a new language, and I am so excited!
I created this sweet little flashcard set for those learning animals in Italian. They’re a simple design using both upper and lower case letters, animal names and a spot for toys.
HOW WE USE THEM
I set these flashcards out with a bucket of animal toys and let the girls go to town. They sort through the figurines and group them with other similar animals and place them where they belong. I swear this has helped them both immensely, they knew every animals with zero hesitation within a week. In addition to them, I learnt them by heart too. Guess you can learn another language at 38!
Learning animals in Italian just got easy!
I’ve created 12 printable flashcards that you’re welcome to use. Please only use them for personal use and not to resell or use on your own website. I’d like to continue to create and share like I am here – so long as it is helpful to all.
The 12 animals I created these flashcards for are:
- Cat – Gatto
- Dog – Cane
- Horse – Cavallo
- Elephant – Elefante
- Bear – Orso
- Lion – Leone
- Pig – Maiale
- Turtle – Tartaruga
- Butterfly – Farfalla
- Duck – Anatra
- Cow – Mucca
- Fish – Pesce
I hope you enjoy learning animals in Italian with these cute flashcards. They have been extremely helpful for me and my kids. Therefore, I can only hope they will do the same for you and yours.
FREE PRINTABLE FLASHCARDS
You’re welcome to these free printable flashcard – Learning Animals in Italian.
Use them, enjoy them, share them! And if you do we would love for you to tag us on social media. Seeing our printables in the wild is next level exciting. Especially when it makes it across the world. So very neat!
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