Our linguists have also identified one of the major secrets of how to speak Italian: listening to native speakers in a natural setting. Because our brain is wired to absorb the information we hear, our experts made listening an essential part of learning Italian. As a result, during all our lessons you will hear natives speak in Italian clearly, correctly and in context. This way, you will pick up the natural Italian pronunciation of core words effortlessly.
Did you know that learning by doing is the most effective learning method? Practice Italian a little bit every day and you’ll speak like a native forever! Start right now with these top 10 most common Italian words and phrases pronounced by native Italian speakers.
First impressions matter. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. Learning as little as “hello” in Italian can work wonders in your interactions with the natives. So here’s exactly how to pronounce it:
The next polite thing to do is ask “how are you?”. Sometimes, you can even skip the hello and directly ask how things are going. Here’s how to pronounce it in Italian:
When you travel abroad, you usually make a lot of new friends. Whether we are talking about the nice stranger on the plane, your host or the driver, here’s how to ask them what their name is:
The natives will always regard your attempt to speak their language as a sign of respect towards their culture. Another basic phrase you can use when making new friends is “nice to meet you”. Click and listen to how is it pronounced:
Manners are a must everywhere you go. And Italy makes no exception. Saying “please” the right way and at the right time will open many doors in your path. To pronounce it in Italian, you simply say:
Mothers are the best thing that ever happened to us. Not only did they raise us, but they also taught us basic manners like saying “thank you” in the proper contexts. Following their example, here’s how to say “thank you” in Italian:
It doesn't matter where you are in the world. Common sense translates the same in all languages. Here's how a person from Rome would say “you’re welcome”:
We only need 7 seconds to make an impression that may last a lifetime. And sometimes, the only difference between a good impression and a bad one is just a simple “excuse me”. Listen to how it's pronounced in Italian:
Shopping sprees are an essential part of every city break. The vacation isn’t over until you buy souvenirs for each member of your family. So here’s how to ask “how much does it cost?” in Italian:
If you want to maintain the good first impression you managed to make with your flawless Italian greetings and introductions, end the conversation by saying “goodbye” exactly like a native:
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There are 68 million Italian speakers worldwide with almost 60 million living in Italy, 5 million in North and South America, over 800000 living in Switzerland and 24000 in San Marino. Surprisingly, you’ll be able to find Italian speakers in Libya and Somalia because these were Italian colonies in the past.
But what about the Italian dialects? Yes, there are dozens of dialects in the Italian language: Milanese, Brescian, Tuscan, Laziale, Venetian and Sicilian, just to name a few. As you might have noticed, these are all related to certain cities or regions in Italy meaning that you’ll find a separate dialect in most major cities in Italy. But, don’t worry too much about it. These are all very similar and by knowing standard Italian you’ll be able to interact with Italians all over the world. Except Italians in Naples or Napoli, as they say in Italy. They speak Neapolitan, a dialect which is significantly different than standard Italian.
Italian is one of the most spoken languages worldwide, so you'll definitely have a lot to gain by learning conversational Italian. For example, you'll be able to interact with people anytime you visit Italy.
Wherever you plan to travel to Rome or Venice, speaking Italian will enhance your experience significantly. You will be able to experience Italian speaking countries like a native and have an authentic experience in the process.
Being able to speak Italian increases your employability significantly and makes you stand out from the crowd. This means that you will have better chances of getting a well paid job in the first place, better chances of getting promoted or getting a better job in an Italian speaking country.
Studies indicate that being bilingual or a polyglot increases the grey matter in your brain. This means that speaking Italian makes you smarter than you currently are. So, what are you waiting for?
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