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The Best Resources and Tips for Learning and Speaking Italian
As you anxiously await your application appointment at the Italian consulate as a part of obtaining your Italy dual citizenship, now is a great time to learn how to speak Italian. If you were raised in an Italian household where your parents or grandparents fluently spoke Italian, you may already know the language.
On the other hand, if it has been some time since you spoke Italian, or you have never learned the language, there are plenty of resources and tips you can use. Taking advantage of these can help ensure you are speaking Italian fairly well before you arrive in Italy.
1. Decide what learning method is best for you.
There are all sorts of ways to learn Italian. It is vital to determine which methods work best for you. This will require trying out several different ones at first. Once you find a mix of methods that is helping to expand your Italian vocabulary and retain it, you will be well on your way to learning Italian.
2. Begin by learning the most frequently used words.
Most languages have about 100 or so words that are used frequently like “Where are you from?” or “What time is it?” Start by learning these words first so that if you are still learning Italian when you arrive in Italy, you will at least have a basic vocabulary ready to use. Great online resources to use are those geared for children since they help form the basis for learning Italian.
3. Watch TV shows and movies in Italian.
There are plenty of shows and movies you can find on streaming services and online in Italian. Watch the entire program with the subtitles on, so you can understand what they are saying. Watch it a second time, but with the subtitles off. Listen to what is being said, how it is being annunciated, and any inflections on different syllables. As you watch, pause, and speak the different phrases several times out loud.
4. Find an online “study-buddy.”
There are various resources you can use to find an online tutor or another “study buddy” you can converse with via video chat. Make sure the person you select can speak Italian fluently. The more you converse, the better your retention of the language will be.
5. Read some Italian children’s books.
Children’s books are a great place to start to learn how to read Italian. You should read the books out loud to practice speaking Italian at the same time. As your vocabulary expands, move on to tween/teen books, and then eventually to “adult” books that interest you.
6. Join an Italian language club.
Check out your local universities and colleges for various language clubs. These groups normally meet several times a week, virtually or in-person, to converse entirely in Italian. So, this is a great resource to use to practice listening to and speaking in Italian.
7. Remember it is okay to make mistakes.
When you are first learning Italian, you will make mistakes in pronunciations or in using the words correctly so they make sense. Don’t let this frustrate you; it is part of learning a new language. Make a point to find out why it is wrong and the right way to say or use the words, and then practice some more.
8. Practice makes perfect.
Make sure to set aside time each day to learn Italian. The more time you spend learning the language, the better. There are also some great online courses you can take like Italy Made Easy, Pimsleur, and Italian Uncovered. Each of these courses uses different learning methods to help you learn Italian, and they are the top three Italian language learning courses.
By using these resources and tips, eventually you will be on your way to speaking Italian fluently! To find out if you qualify for a dual citizenship passport, please feel free to contact the Italian American Citizenship Assistance Program at (305) 812-5512 today!