Not only is Italian a language of love , but it is also one of the most useful languages to learn. Italy is a prime location for business across Europe which makes the language not only an asset for personal growth, but also a critical tool for participants of the global economy.
If Italian is new to you, one of the first features of the language you will notice is the display of double consonants. Popular words such as pizza or anno, or the name Alessandra are good examples. A general rule-of-thumb, when coming across these double letters, is to deemphasize the preceding vowel.
Rosetta Stone designs language-learning programs that build confidence in both speaking and understanding Italian. Whether you’re just starting out, or an intermediate Italian speaker looking to advance your fluency, we can help. Rosetta Stone’s Dynamic Immersion® methodology teaches you the language, not just the words. In addition, Rosetta Stone uses an award-winning mobile app to deliver bite-sized lessons that help you learn Italian anytime, anywhere, on your schedule!
Learning Italian Words And Phrases
When learning Italian, you may be tempted to try to memorize long lists of vocabulary words and phrases. However, memorizing vocabulary isn’t usually an effective way to learn Italian. Instead, you can get off to a great start by first learning how to pronounce commonly used words and short phrases. This assumes your purpose for learning Italian is not just vocabulary acquisition. Your reason for choosing to learn a new language is to develop the ability to comfortably and confidently understand and speak Italian in real-world conversations.
Once you discover that there are a relatively small number of basic Italian words and short phrases that pop up frequently in everyday conversations, you’ll be on your way. Focusing on learning how to correctly pronounce these commonly used words and short phrases will help build your foundation. Here are some useful phrases and greetings:
- Lei come si chiama? = What’s your name?
- Mi chiamo Maria. = My name is Maria.
- Lei parla inglese? = Do you speak English?
- Sì, io parlo inglese. = Yes, I speak English.
- Buongiorno = Hello / good morning
- Buona notte = Goodnight
- Arrivederci = Goodbye
One of the advantages of using Rosetta Stone is its TruAccent® technology . This technology compares your voice to native speakers and issues corrections, based on the quality of your enunciation. If you wish to speak like a local, practice each day, whether you’re at home, in a waiting room, or sitting out on your patio. This will help you build 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.