ITALIAN LANGUAGE

What can you do from here in California even before you go to the country?
Here are some of the materials I have found helpful in trying to keep up with my Italian:

A. Wikipedia and Google in Italian

ITALIAN--Wikipedia
http://it.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pagina_principale

ITALIAN--Google
http://www.google.it/

B. Bibles and Devotional material.
Read your Bible in Italian.

Thru the Bible in Italian
http://www.oneplace.com/Ministries/Thru_the_Bible_Italian/


C. Department store website

ITALIAN--C&A
http://www.c-e-a.it/

D. News: sample websites

Kidon Media Link
http://www.kidon.com/media-link/it.php

ITALIAN--News and Newspapers (MIT Libraries)
http://libraries.mit.edu/guides/types/flnews/italian.html

ITALIAN--Google News
http://news.google.it/nwshp?hl=it&tab=wn

ITALIAN--Corriere della Sera
http://www.corriere.it/

ITALIAN--La Repubblica
http://www.repubblica.it/

ITALIAN--La Stampa.it
http://www.lastampa.it/redazione/default.asp


E. Television: sample website

ITALIAN--RAI
http://www.rai.it/

F. LibriVox Audio books in Italian
http://librivox.org/newcatalog/search_advanced.php?title=&author=&cat=&genre=&status=all&type=&language=Italian&date=&reader=&bc=&mc=&action=Search

G. Books I have found useful:
Barron's Italian Vocabulary
Teach Yourself Italian
Cassell's Colloquial Italian
Berlitz Italian Phrase Book and Dictionary
Berlitz Italian Vocabulary Handbook.
Mastering Italian Vocabulary: A Thematic Approach
501 Italian Verbs
2001 Italian and English Idioms
The Complete Idiot's Guide to Learning Italian
Harper Collins Italian Concise Dictionary