Looking for ways to practice Italian and feel more confident speaking like a native before your next trip? Here are 9 tips to help you get started!
If you're planning a trip to Italy, one of the best things you can do to prepare is to learn some expressions Italians use in real life.
This will help you to connect with locals, get around more easily, and have a more enjoyable experience overall.
Even if you don't have time to take a full-fledged Italian language course, there are many things you can do to practice your Italian and improve your speaking skills.
Here are nine tips to get you started.
1. Take an Italian language class
If you're serious about learning Italian, taking a language class is the best way to do it.
This will give you the opportunity to learn the basics of the language and get regular practice speaking and listening to Italian.
Many community colleges and adult education programs offer Italian language classes. You can also find online Italian language classes here at Amidon Studios!
We offer fun conversational Italian lessons so you feel confident speaking Italian like a native in 90 days or less. Learn more.
2. Watch an Italian language learning video
Watching Italian YouTubers is a great way to learn about Italian culture and to expose yourself to the language in a natural way. YouTubers cover a wide range of topics, from cooking and travel to fashion and comedy.
This means that there is something for everyone to enjoy, and you can find videos that are relevant to your interests.
3. Watch Italian movies and TV shows
Watching Italian movies and TV shows is a great way to immerse yourself in the language and culture. You can also try watching with subtitles in English at first, and then switch to Italian subtitles once you feel more comfortable.
There are many Italian movies and TV shows available to stream on Netflix, Amazon Prime, and other streaming services.
4. Listen to Italian music
Listening to Italian music is another fun and effective way to immerse yourself in the language. You can also try singing along to your favorite songs to practice your pronunciation.
Spotify and Apple Music host many Italian music stations that you can easily listen to for free.
5. Read Italian books and articles
Reading Italian books and articles is a great way to improve your vocabulary and grammar. You can start with children's books or articles on topics that you are interested in.
There are many Italian books and articles available online and in libraries.
6. Find a language partner
Finding a language partner is a great way to practice speaking and listening to Italian with a native speaker.
You can find language partners online or through Italian community centers and your local language school right here, Amidon Studios!
7. Join an Italian conversation group
Joining an Italian conversation group is another great way to meet native speakers and practice speaking and listening to Italian in a relaxed and supportive environment.
Our next Italian conversation meetup is happening Wednesday, Oct. 25 at 7pm Pacific on Zoom. We'd love to have you join us. Save your seat now.
8. Don't be afraid to make mistakes
Everyone makes mistakes when they are learning a new language. The important thing is to keep practicing and learning from your mistakes.
If you make a mistake, don't be afraid to ask a native speaker for help. Most Italians will be happy to help you learn their language.
9. Have fun!
Learning Italian should be enjoyable. If you are having fun, you are more likely to stick with it and achieve your goals.
So find ways to make learning Italian fun for you. Whether it's watching Italian movies and TV shows, listening to Italian music, or reading Italian books and articles, find activities that you enjoy and that will help you improve your Italian skills.
Following these tips can help you practice Italian and feel more confident speaking like a native before your next trip. Just remember to be patient with yourself and have fun!
Jackie Amidon Donaldson helps students of all ages feel confident speaking Spanish, English, and Italian like a native in 90 days or less. She loves helping them achieve their goals by setting up their action plan for success, showing them the tools they need, and supporting them each step of the way. Jackie's the owner and language coach of Amidon Studios and has worked with more than 1,000 students around the world.