Dialects are more than just accents. They are made up of a combination of accents, vocabulary, and grammar.
As an example, consider this exchange in English.
- A resident of New Jersey might say, “We’re headed down the shore.”
- However, most Americans would say, “We’re going to the beach.”
Both of these expressions are the English language and mean the same thing. However, the vocabulary and grammar are very distinct.
Italian is one of the five romance languages. There are about 69 million native Italian speakers and about another 16 million speakers who have learned it as a second language, putting you in good company if you choose to learn Italian .
Each region has its own unique dialect, but what is known as “Standard Italian” today stems from the Tuscany region. When Italy was unified in 1861, the Tuscan dialect was made the official language of Italy.
While Italian is spoken in many countries across the globe, Italian is considered an official language in Italy, Switzerland, San Marino, Vatican City and some parts of Croatia and Slovenia.
Learning a language such as Italian can be an experience that transforms your life. It opens you to a world full of both professional and personal possibilities, expands your thinking, and can give you confidence. The ability to learn a language becomes an essential part of how we interact and succeed in the world today.
How Rosetta Stone Can Help
With our Dynamic Immersion® methodology, Rosetta Stone will teach you the Italian language, not just the words. Our approach is effective because we prepare you to use your new language in your everyday life. It’s not just about the features, but what you’re able to do because of them.
If you have put off learning a new language because of concerns over the time commitment or difficulty in learning a language as an adult, put those reservations aside. Research suggests that your ability to learn a language is really just a matter of consistency in your practice—building confidence through speaking and contextualizing your learning. And Rosetta Stone makes fitting learning into your schedule convenient and practical. With bite-sized lessons which only take about 10 minutes each day, and an award winning mobile app, you can fit your Italian lessons in your schedule whenever you want, and wherever you are.
Rosetta Stone also makes sure that your pronunciation of the Italian language is accurate. Using our patented TruAccent™ speech recognition engine , your voice will be compared to that of native speakers, and real-time feedback will be given to make corrections. Armed with those corrections, you can then practice until your mouth is able to readily shape the sounds that make up the language. TruAccent is also adjustable, which allows you to fine-tune your accent, and is among the most powerful tools for helping you learn and speak Italian.
Try Our Award-Winning App
Surround yourself with Italian whenever, wherever with the Rosetta Stone app .
Download a unit and knock it out on the train or a flight. Select a 5-10 minute lesson and sneak it in while you wait in line or for your ride to show up. And explore dynamic features, like Seek and Speak, where you can point at an object in the real world and get a translation .
The best part? You don’t have to choose between app or desktop. Both come with your subscription and sync, so you can switch between devices seamlessly.