Italian is a popular and beautiful language of love , but is also one of the most useful languages to learn. Italy is a premier location for business across Europe which makes the language not only an asset for personal growth, but also a crucial tool for participants of the global economy.
A misconception about Italian is that learning it is a difficult endeavor. But in fact, it’s actually much simpler than many think. As Italian is a Romance language, it falls into a linguistic group which also includes French, Portuguese and Spanish. This means, if you already speak one of those languages, learning Italian will be much easier. With the right approach, and assistance from Rosetta Stone, Italian is definitely within reach.
The Italian alphabet is similar to the English one. It uses 21 letters, with five vowels––a, e, i, o, u––and 16 consonants. One of the first features of the Italian language you might notice is the display of double consonants. Common Italian words such as pizza or anno, or the name Alessandra are such examples. As a general rule-of-thumb, when you come across these double letters, you should deemphasize the preceding vowels.
Learning Italian Grammar Rules
While it’s possible to quickly pick up some Italian words and a few basic phrases, it would be difficult to learn the language and Italian grammar rules on your own. That’s where Rosetta Stone comes in!
When learning Italian, you may be tempted to try to memorize long lists of vocabulary words and phrases. However, memorizing vocabulary is not commonly an effective way to learn any language. Rosetta Stone’s immersive approach will help you learn the Italian language, not just the words. This method, called Dynamic Immersion, is effective in preparing 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. Contextualized learning is when words are presented in the situations in which they’d occur. This approach leaves you equipped to handle any situation with ease to confidently understand and speak Italian in real-world conversations.
Another of the many advantages of using Rosetta Stone is its speech-recognition engine which is embedded into every lesson. This patented technology is called TruAccent™. Instant feedback is given so you can make corrections and practice until your mouth gets used to shaping the distinct sounds that make up the Italian language. This helps you align your accent with that of fluent Italian speakers, and can be very effective in helping you learn to understand phrases in your new language. You will have conversational confidence, even if Italy is miles away.
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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.