Sometimes when I have a bit of spare time, I go to a newsagent’s to buy a new magazine. I find that reading Italian magazines is an excellent way to improve my language skills: I can choose something that really interests me because there are so many different types of publications. The articles are often quite short and there are plenty of pictures alongside the text to help me, usually glossy photographs or advertisements.
My favourite kind of magazines are about travel and tourism. I love to browse the different cities and countries to visit and am really interested in the reviews of cafés, restaurants and tourist attractions. Before I visit a new place, I write down a list of places to explore during my time there. Reading a travel magazine gets me really excited about my trip and helps me to make the most of my adventure.
Another kind of publication that I enjoy reading is the fashion magazine. In Italy, the home of high fashion, you can find endless magazines showcasing designer clothes and the season’s must-have items. I don’t really spend a lot of money on expensive brands but I do like to discover what kind of bags, make-up and beauty treatments are popular right now. These kind of magazines are great for improving vocabulary and often contain interviews with celebrities too.
There’s a magazine out there for everyone, with topics including sport, fashion, gossip, science and many more. To get a better feel for the English language, you could even look into publications that are aimed at language learners and contain useful explanations of unfamiliar words. The brilliant thing is that there are also loads of articles to read online: take the LearnEnglish Teens magazine for example!