What is the difference between you and John Bowring, famed British polyglot who claimed to speak 200 languages during his life in the 1800s?
Well, for starters, the methods you use to learn Italian are most certainly vastly different …
Imagine: You’re having your first restaurant meal in Rome.
You’ve been dreaming about this moment—and practicing the vocabulary for it—for months.
In fact, to prepare, you’ve memorized all the essential Italian travel phrases, mastered basic Italian verbs…
Venice has a lot of water.
The sky is blue.
You need to know Italian grammar in order to speak Italian confidently and fluently.
You’re probably thinking to yourself, “Grazie (thanks), Captain Obvious!”
But let me be direct here: …
You’ve been learning Italian for months—nay, years!
You mastered the alphabet and the numbers, and on your trip to Italy, you successfully used all the phrases you’ve been practicing.
Oh, and did I mention that Italian grammar seems …
What was the first song you learned by heart?
Was it a killer rock song that you heard from your parents’ record collection?
Was it a popular song you heard on the radio or an alternative song that only you …
You’re conversing with a friend and they say, “I heard this awesome new Italian song.” They toss you a pair of headphones and you plug in.
The music consumes you and transports you to the discoteche (night clubs) …
Dico (I say), dici (you say), dice (he/she says), diciamo (we say)…
These verb conjugations come from the verb dire (to say), a lawless, irregular verb that doesn’t seem to follow any established Italian grammar rules.
Don’t believe me? Well …
Have you ever dreamed of having a conversation in fluent Italian?
Maybe you’ve imagined yourself walking the streets of Italy to meet an Italian friend for coffee.
Better yet, maybe you envision yourself heading to an Italian university …
Do you ever wish the road map for learning Italian was a little clearer?
It can be hard to choose the right option among the winding paths.
Should you start with vocabulary or basic grammatical structures?
Should you …
Don’t you wish someone would just explain the Italian language to you?
Wouldn’t it be nice if someone could simplify adverb usage, unpack Italian indefinite articles, explain auxiliary verbs and help you distinguish between essere (to be) and stare …
It’s the biggest conundrum of language learning:
How can you become an amazing Italian speaker when you’re short on time?
It’s easy: easy Italian short stories, that is.
Let’s face it: We all have limited free time.
Imagine studying Italian in Italy.
You’d wake up in the morning and wander to the nearest piazza (town square) for fresh espresso and biscotti (hard cookies).
Maybe today’s your day off from your Italian language studies, so you’re …
Have you ever listened to a language and had it sound like gibberish, just a mess of consonants, vowels and intonation?
Worse, has that language ever been Italian?
Worst of all, has that language been Italian… even though you’d been …
Surprise trip to Italy!
Articles of clothing? Check.
Indefinite supply of sunglasses? Check!
And what about brushing up on those travel phrases? Double check!
But wait! While you’re reviewing those travel phrases, why not review some Italian, too? I’m …
Have you ever tried assembling a bookshelf yourself?
You bring the box home, plop it in your living room, take out the pieces and get to work.
Several hours and a few tantrums later, you’re done!
…Only to realize that …
Are you ready to tackle Italian full throttle?
Could the phrase fast and furious be applied to your Italian?
(Of course, we only mean this in the figurative sense. Please drive safely!)
Why am I using car references in …
There are just some moments in life when we want to run back to our mothers and fathers.
Maybe you have experienced this in your quest to learn Italian. Sometimes it can all be so overwhelming!
But what …
Leonardo da Vinci, arguably the most famous Italian ever, once said that “simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.”
But what does simplicity really mean?
In the case of Italian nouns, it means replacing those long and sometimes arduous words with …
Aren’t you tired of being alone, Italian learner?
You got your game on with all the individual Italian games and scoured the internet for the best game websites.
You have the hottest Italian language learning apps and the best …
Dear ascoltatori (listeners),
Welcome to Learn Italian Radio.
My name is Michael Cristiano, it is 3:00 pm local time in Rome, and on today’s program we will be talking about the six best radio stations for learning Italian.
Hello, everybody. Welcome!
In today’s TED Talk, I want to let everyone in on a secret.
A secret to understanding Italian with less effort.
A secret to growing your vocabulary more easily and more efficiently.
In fact, you’re …
I’ve got a few questions for you.
But you gotta be real with me.
Have you been taking the bull by the horns with your Italian studies, but still struggle to understand conversations?
Have you been getting flashy with all …
Are you hesitant to start a conversation in Italian?
Do you shy away from native speakers because you’re afraid you won’t be able to get beyond the basics?
After all, a conversation in a second language can get a …
I had lofty dreams when I joined the blogging community back in 2014.
I had an ambitious writing schedule that I hoped would make me prolific, publishing several posts a week.
Well, that regimen didn’t quite go according to plan. …
This is Michael Cristiano from FluentU News, reporting live from your device of choice.
Here’s the scoop:
You can learn Italian through the news.
Sources confirm that it’s an effective, engaging way to practice reading, listening and much more.…
Ever wonder what the life of an astronaut is like?
Just try surfing the internet for language learning resources.
There are so many out there from so many different kinds of websites, you might as well be exploring a vast …
Learning to speak a new language can sometimes feel like trying to have a conversation underwater.
You can catch a word here and there. You can see facial expressions and hand gestures.
But it’s difficult to understand a full …
Is your phone stocked with Italian learning apps?
Have you scoured the internet for Italian education websites?
Are you signed up for a quality Italian language course to solidify your skills?
Wait a minute…
If you …
“Un passo alla volta!”
It’s a phrase Italian moms, work-out coaches and elementary school teachers are prone to yell out.
Whether or not you’re familiar with the Italian expression, you’ll probably recognize the concept. Its meaning, “one step at a …
If you’re like me, you’ve got goals.
Maybe you’re trying to stick to a new diet or exercise plan.
Maybe you’re trying to read all the classics this year.
Or, maybe this is finally the year you’re going to master …
Italian struck you like a bolt of lightning.
And now you’re dying to learn new Italian vocabulary in a flash.
What if I told you that you could easily master 20, 30 or even 50 new Italian words a week?…
Have you ever marveled at how intricate the architecture of the Colosseum is?
Or been amazed that the dome of the Pantheon hasn’t come down and smacked you in the face mid-gaze?
Or how the Tower to Pisa stays precisely …
So, you’re an Italian media hound.
You watch all the best Italian YouTube videos, listen to all the best Italian songs and spend your movie nights watching Italian films.
You’ve also got your trusty Italian translator app by …
What better way to learn the Italian language than some good old Netflix and Chill?
Whoa, whoa, whoa! Don’t get the wrong idea.
I didn’t mean we’d be doing anything… um, romantic.
I meant that you can learn Italian …
“Buongiorno,” says the man in the shop.
You’re set to buy some biscotti (cookies) before heading out for your day of exploring Venice.
You’ve been dreaming of this vacation for a long time, saving up the money for the plane …
Learning Italian is easier than ever in rete (online).
In fact, you can now become fluent in Italian without even stepping foot in Italy.
While I strongly recommend a visit to reinforce your skills and reward yourself for a …
So, you want to learn Italian, huh?
You live in the Age of Information, the Internet Era!
This means you can learn Italian online in a multitude of ways, whether by listening to Italian podcasts, singing …
Need a little more structure to your Italian learning?
Do you love using native content—like songs, audiobooks, blogs and podcasts—but wish you had something to tie it all together?
A useful and engaging Italian textbook could …
Nowadays we can access almost everything we want at the click of a button.
You can watch all the cat videos you want, see world news unfold before your eyes or keep tabs on the friends you haven’t …