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.
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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.