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Basic Italian

Italian is a popular choice for those who love the Romance languages. It’s also one of the most practical languages to learn. Because Italy is a premier location for business across Europe, knowing the language is an asset for personal growth, and also an asset in the business world.

While there are some who may have the misconception that Italian is difficult to learn, it’s actually much easier than you’d think to learn basic Italian . Italian is one of the five Romance languages, meaning it is part of the same linguistic group that includes French, Portuguese and Spanish. If you have even some familiarity with one of those languages, learning Italian will be easier. Even without knowledge of another language, having a commitment to practice, and a trusted language learning program will put Italian within your reach!

The Italian alphabet uses 21 letters, with five vowels––a, e, i, o, u––and 16 consonants which is similar to English. Here is a list of basic Italian words and greetings. When you come across double consonants (such as in “pizza” or “anno”), the general rule in Italian is to deemphasize the preceding vowels.

  • Good morning = Buon giorno
  • Good evening = Buona sera
  • Good night = Buona notte
  • Pizza = Pizza
  • Year = Anno
  • Yes = Si
  • No = No
  • Thank you = Grazie
  • You’re welcome = Prego
  • Please = Per favore
  • Excuse me = Mi scusi
  • Speak = Parlare
  • Buy = Comprare
  • Go = Andare
  • Think = Pensare

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Research suggests that your ability to learn a language is mostly a matter of practice, building confidence through speaking, and contextualizing your learning. This is exactly how Rosetta Stone's Dynamic Immersion® methodology works. Our approach will effectively teach you how to use Italian in everyday life, beyond just the basic Italian words.

There are some who wish to learn a new language that hesitate because of concerns that there is a large time commitment involved. Or that learning a language is costly. It’s time to put those common misconceptions aside. Rosetta Stone makes learning basic Italian practical and convenient to your life at the fraction of a cost of a classroom course.

Two of the most important components of learning a new language are practice and pronunciation. The expression that “practice makes perfect” is even more relevant when learning a new language. With our brief, 10 minute lessons, you will be able to fit practice into your daily life with ease. Frequency is more important and effective than the length of your sessions, as it becomes part of your daily habit. With Rosetta Stone’s award-winning mobile app which is included with your subscription, daily practice is even more convenient.

In order to develop the skills to accurately pronounce Italian, you will need real-time feedback on your pronunciation efforts. With Rosetta Stone’s TruAccent™ speech-recognition engine, your voice will be compared to native speakers. You will receive this real-time feedback needed to adjust and fine-tune your accent on the spot. TruAccent is a powerful tool for helping you learn and speak basic Italian with confidence.

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