How to speak Italian fluently

Communicate confidently with these seven tips.

Improve your Italian

Do you want to learn how to speak Italian? The Latin language is a popular choice for learners passionate about Italian history, art, food and travel. Being able to confidently speak Italian is a goal for many, and it’s certainly achievable with a little bit of practice.

Read on for our seven tips on how to get the speaking practice you need to speak Italian fluently and confidently.

Want to learn Italian before a trip? Try a lesson on Busuu today – it's fun, free and effective.

1. Listen to Italian music

Music is a great way to help us remember. When learning Italian, finding some songs that you love to sing along to will create positive emotions while locking the words in your memory bank.

2. Feed your brain

With an Italian restaurant in almost every city in the world, you’ve got the perfect place to practise. As your mouth waters over the Italian menu, translate dishes or ingredients you don’t know. Or try cooking Italian at home by searching ricetta tutorials on YouTube.

3. Make Italian your lingua franca

Try making Italian your common language – your lingua franca – with another Italian learner. You’ll both gain confidence speaking, expand your vocabulary and improve your grammar. It’s also a perfect excuse to practise those important Italian hand gestures.

4. Learn by making mistakes

The popular Italian proverb sbagliando s'impara – one only learns by making mistakes – describes language learning perfectly. Instead of worrying about what you don’t know, focus on what you do know. You’ll amaze yourself with how quickly you will improve if you stop worrying about making mistakes and just try.

5. Talk to your pet

Get in some valuable speaking practice by starting with someone who will never laugh at you – your pets or house plants. It gets your brain used to thinking in Italian, and your mouth used to speaking Italian without the pressure.

6. Bring Italy to you

Even if you can’t travel to Italy, you can immerse yourself in Italian from home with a few simple changes. Switch your phone’s interface to Italian and add Italian subtitles or audio to Netflix.

7. Build a routine

You’re more likely to stick with a habit if you combine it with something else you already do. Read Italian with your morning coffee, put on Italian music while you’re cooking, or learn while commuting to work.

Sign up to Busuu for free, and learn to speak fluent Italian

Full Language Courses

Bite-sized lessons perfect for everyday life, work and travel.

+

Conversations with native speakers

Learn with 100 million users worldwide.

=

It works!

22 hours of Busuu Premium = 1 college semester of language study