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Are you wondering how to learn Italian in a fast and fun way? Here are some tips to help you master the language in no time.
Italian is considered one of the most beautiful languages in the world. It is extremely melodic and sonorous, and the Italians themselves pay special attention to accents and intonation. It comes from Latin, belongs to the group of Romance languages and is used, among others, in Italy, San Marino, the Vatican and Switzerland. You will also hear it in France, Malta, Albania, or the former Italian colonies of Central Africa, as well as in the Americas. An additional advantage is the fact that it is a relatively easy language to learn for people who have previously had contact with French, Spanish or Latin.
Before you start learning a new language, try to spend some time planning a strategy that will systematically increase your knowledge. Regardless of whether you have decided to learn Italian at home, want to enroll in a language school, or have chosen one of the Italian courses from SuperMemo, try to develop some habits that will make your language learning systematic, thus it will bring satisfactory results much faster. A language learning strategy is actually based on two key assumptions. So if you want to learn Italian in a short time, be sure to:
Your goal is to get a language certificate? Use language study methods focused specifically on this exam. Would you like to blog or write articles in Italian? Pay attention to the appropriate vocabulary and focus on the correct grammar. If, on the other hand, your goal is to communicate with another person, try to talk as much as possible – be it with a native speaker or even with yourself. Look for methods that will allow you to train your fluency. Our Italian for Intermediate course (B1 level) will allow you to freely formulate coherent statements and present and explain your opinions during discussions. It is the equivalent of a 2-year traditional language school course. Focus on proper pronunciation and exercises to allow you to express yourself fluently.
Learn Italian by yourself and with the help of special courses, professional teachers and native speakers. Nowadays, there is a whole range of ways to learn a foreign language, and thanks to Internet access, we have the opportunity to use all sorts of tools and applications, such as SuperMemo, thanks to which learning can become an interesting experience, and at the same time both great fun and pleasurable.
Use trial and error. If, somehow, after a few attempts, you find doing something too complicated or unnatural, it probably isn’t the solution for you. You don’t like spending time reading your textbook, especially certain grammar exercises you might need? Don’t put pressure on yourself. To learn Italian grammar, you can successfully use various types of applications that, thanks to their dynamic content, will make it easier for you to remember, which will help you delve into the complicated past in a simpler and more intuitive way. Do you prefer to speak than to write? No problem! Using personalized SuperMemo courses, you can create specific questions and answer them, while checking if your pronunciation is correct. The most important thing is to find the method that suits you best.
Defining your specific goal and comprehensive and personalized learning of Italian are two of the key assumptions thanks to which you will master the language of your choice in the fastest possible way. They are also the basis for the effective learning of any other language.
If you want learning Italian to be effective, you should use every possible moment to come into contact with the language. It should become your daily habit. Immerse yourself in the language – surround yourself with Italian from all sides, so that you have as much contact with it every day. Read, listen, write down, watch, learn new words and, if you have such an opportunity, be sure to talk – the easiest way to get used to a new language. If you have decided to learn Italian at home, remember to allocate at least half an hour a day a day to learning and exercises.
Most languages have about 2,000 basic words that form the basis of written and spoken language. Therefore, if you want to learn Italian quickly, you should focus on them first.
Italian is said to be a “verb” language, which means that verbs are used much more often than, for example, in our mother tongue. In the case of learning Italian, they play a really significant role. If you look at the list of 2,000 most common words, you will find almost 500 verbs – that’s over a quarter of the most common words in Italian.
Choose movies that are shown with Italian subtitles. This way, you will be able to understand even those words that you would have trouble with in ordinary conversation. Reading and listening at the same time enables quick access to the translation of new words, in the specific context of their use.
Search for interesting articles, books and videos in Italian. The Internet is full of interesting articles on various topics, so don’t waste your time and choose those that relate to your area of interest, regardless of whether it is sports, music or new technologies.
Learning Italian should involve using all your senses to visualize the meaning of a new word. Thanks to this, you start to understand the language also on a subconscious level, you associate it with the emotions and feelings that it evokes. This method not only speeds up the assimilation of words, but also develops your linguistic intelligence.
Are you wondering which Italian channel or course will be the best for you? Here are some suggestions.
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Italian courses from SuperMemo:
Italian is said to be, along with French, one of the most beautiful languages in the world. The phonetics of the Italian language are so melodic, among other reasons, because vowels appear twice as often as consonants. Proper pronunciation is essential to communicate in it without problems. The alphabet is quite simple for us, because the Italian language uses the Latin alphabet. The same is the case with learning Italian vocabulary – the vocabulary is definitely easier for us to remember than Hungarian or Chinese, because many words come from Latin. Latin is an ideal basis, not only helpful in learning Italian, but also in getting to know most European languages – learning more comes easier and faster.
Pronunciation in Italian shouldn’t be too difficult. Writing in it is also quite intuitive, certainly easier than in English or French, and its rules can be mastered instantly.
You must remember that the Italian language also has a separate formal language, used for strangers and older or more senior people, different from the language we use with people we know well.
Are you wondering how to learn Italian in a short time?
Is a holiday coming up, do you have Italian friends you want to visit in the near future, or maybe you plan to move to this beautiful country for good? When will you be able to master the Italian language?
Learning Italian is similar to many other languages – the more you know, the easier it will be to learn more. Learning Italian shouldn’t be too much of a problem for you. Moreover, if you know another language in addition to English, learning Italian will be much easier than you think.
How many tenses do you need to know to communicate in Italian?
Of course, it’s best to know them all, because the ability to use a lot of tenses makes us eloquent and our statements more precise. However, for a simple conversation in this language, two basic ones are really enough – the present and the past. These will certainly be useful to us on a daily basis. The others are used less often, because, simply, there are fewer situations in reality that require their use.
Italian is undoubtedly a beautiful language, associated primarily with art and love, which is why it is one of those that is definitely worth knowing. Make learning Italian not a chore for you, but a fascinating adventure. Don’t give up too quickly and remember to be systematic! With each passing day, you will be one step closer to your desired goal. Regular exercises will allow you to learn this language faster and more effectively, and what is more, to derive real satisfaction from learning.