If you want to say “see you later” in Italian, you’re generally going to say “arrivederci.” But you do have some other options. “Ci vediamo dopo” or “ci vediamo,” while less common, actually get closer to “see you later.” You also have “a dopo,” which it literally “until later.” Then there’s “ciao,” which may be the most often used expression when parting ways.
If “see you later” in all its forms seems a little overwhelming, don’t stress. As you get used to different expressions, they tend to come naturally when speaking, requiring little forethought. Especially with often-used words or expressions, new students quickly develop a sense of what best fits any given situation. You can easily stick with “ciao” or “arrivederci” and be fine, but having a few other turns of phrase at your disposal can add to the fun of learning a new language.
When learning Italian, it’s helpful to start with some of the most common words and phrases and then trying to replicate the infamous Italian accent—perfecting molto bene, mi dispiace, buongiornio, bruschetta, basta, prego, and more. Some people may already have a grasp on these words from studying the language in school or getting exposure while traveling. Whatever your reasons are for taking on Italian, you should definitely consider a language-learning program built with your goals in mind.
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One of the first features you’ll notice is the frequent use of double consonants. You will encounter this again and again in popular words, including the words anno and pizza and the name Alessandra. But even though every Italian word is enunciated a bit differently, there is a general rule of thumb when it comes to pronouncing words with double consonants: Deemphasize the vowel that precedes the double consonants.
Another notable characteristic of Italian pronunciation relates to the letter c. You may be familiar with the Spanish pronunciation of the letter c which is often spoken as an s sound. (In Spanish this is called el ceceo and differs markedly in Iberian Spanish.) In contrast with the Spanish pronunciation of the letter c, in Italian the letter c can have a hard ch sound, like you hear in the English word “change.”
It’s important to note that the Italian letter c is pronounced differently in other contexts. The Italian letter c can sound like an English c and very similar to the k sound, as you hear in English words like car, can, cat, call, company, Carol, campus, California, and code. You’ll hear this same k sound in Italian words. Of note, the words will include one of these vowels; a, o, or u. Examples of these Italian words with a c that sounds like a k include capra, Capri, Campari, cannoli, and campione.
Have you ever ordered the Italian dish known as gnocchi? This delicious, dumpling-style dish can help us learn how to correctly pronounce the gn sound in Italian. The Italian gn sound is comparable to the sound of the Spanish ñ. Let’s take a look at the Spanish translation of gnocchi:
Honing your Italian pronunciation requires that you receive real-time and accurate feedback. Rosetta Stone embeds our patented TruAccent™ speech-recognition engine into every Italian language lesson. It provides precise and instant feedback to help you match your pronunciation and accent with that of fluent Italian speakers. Such feedback will allow you to make any needed corrections to your Italian pronunciation. From there, you will want to practice until you get a feel for how to shape the sounds of the Italian language.
After you have learned basic Italian words and phrases, you can move onto learning the longer phrases that make up so much of everyday conversation. Rosetta Stone’s digestible,10-minute lessons are built to help you learn in exactly this way—structuring vocabulary acquisition in context with real-world situations. Rosetta Stone’s proven and practical approach to language learning can help you to learn to understand and confidently speak Italian.
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