Unfortunately, Americans are amongst the slowest learners of a foreign language, also because English is used all around the globe and a new language wouldn’t facilitate communication. Nevertheless, since we live in a global world, we have constant access to new cultures and civilizations, so a great part of integration means accepting and understanding this diversity.
Learning a foreign language doesn’t only expand your horizons but it can also help you improve your speaking capabilities and stimulate your appetite for knowledge. The more you learn, the more you’ll know and the easier it will be for you to deal with unforeseen situations and changes in your life.
Italian is amongst the most popular languages in the world regardless of the fact that it is only spoken in Italy and in the large ethnic communities in the United States. So if you’ve decided to improve your knowledge and fluently speak pizza and pasta in the following months, here are some easy tips to do that without a private tutor.
Increase your interest
Before starting with the beginner’s vocabulary and pronunciation rules, you need to focus on the main reason why you want to learn Italian in the first place. Is it because you met someone and you want to impress that person with your knowledge? Are you going to live there for a while? Are you planning a prolonged business trip or a semester of studies abroad?
Answering these simple questions will help you focus on a type of vocabulary that you will most likely encounter in the Italian language.
Reading books about the history and culture of Italy and its former Roman Empire will help you indirectly deal with the Italian pronunciation rules and will increase your chances of learning the language correctly.
Apps on your phone
The easiest way to learn Italian without a teacher is to download a multilingual app tool on your trusty smartphone. These apps contain a dictionary and a conversational guide all-in-one, as well as some basic grammar and pronunciation rules.
Duolingo was the choice of over 10 million users who decided to improve their knowledge by using the app’s grammar and vocabulary lessons. The great thing about this tool is that there are plenty of foreign languages to choose from, and each of them comes with both written and spoken rules and many vocabulary exercises to help you practice with different words.
Watch movies and listen to music
Another simple way to learn this language faster is to get in contact as much as possible with the spoken version. Download music, TV shows and movies and put on your pair of smartphone headphones. Don’t be afraid if you don’t understand too much at the beginning. The more often you come across the same words, the easier it will be for you to understand their meaning.
However, the smartest way to learn foreign languages is to be exposed to them from a fragile age. Children have an amazing imitation capacity and will pick up a new language easier, along with its native accent. So it might be too late for you but if you have small children (as little as two years old), try exposing them to foreign TV shows, music, and movies.
None of the previously mentioned techniques can be compared with learning Italian by living in Italy. Whether it’s for a single month, a short semester or more, the easiest way to learn Italian is to live there and be exposed to it 24/7.
Keep in mind that there are over 20 different Italian dialects, depending on the part of the country you are going to visit, so don’t act surprised if you won’t be able to understand native speakers. People from the Sardinia region sound completely different from those in Naples, Rome or Florence, and some dialects don’t have too much in common with literary Italian.
Nevertheless, a trip in one of the most beautiful countries in the world with picturesque landscapes and amazing sunsets is definitely a good opportunity to practice on your language skills and learn how to live like a true Italian.