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In this introductory course you will learn several tricks to jumpstart your Italian and to speed up your learning.
Did you know that you could immediately and almost effortlessly learn 50% of the Italian vocabulary?
Did you know that you can master Italian pronunciation in just a few hours?
Did you know that you could be speaking in long, complex sentences in just a few weeks?
This course is not magic and naturally learning a language does require some time and effort, but no one needs to be fluent to enjoy the beautiful country that is Italy.
If you were ever interested in visiting Italy, then this course will help you prepare for the adventure. Enjoy.
NOTE: this is a 90 minute lecture on ways you can pick up some basic Italian. Obviously it is not a complete language course! Have fun with it and hopefully this will spark your interest in learning Italian with one of the more complete courses I offer.
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|Section 1: Introduction|
Welcome to the Course
Welcome to "Survive Italy Without Being Fluent in Italian".
In this video we'll see:
- why you should learn at least a tiny bit of Italian
|Section 2: Module 1 - Pronouncing Italian|
In this video we'll see:
- what makes Italian an easy language to pick up for English speakers
You will also learn a little bit more about me, your tutor, Manu Venditti
In this Module we'll look at pronouncing Italian correctly.
- Cadence and Melody
Italian has 5 vowels, for which there are 7 sounds.
Italian vowels all have very clear and open pronunciation.
There is only one pronunciation for A, I, and U.
E and O have two sounds, an open and closed sound, but it's not essential to get it right.
1. Focus on pronouncing vowels
Melody & Cadence
Italian and English use the same cadence, and have the same melody, so you should never worry about "melody" in Italian as all you need to do is maintain the same cadence you would have in English.
Som when speaking Italian, remember to:
- stress the same words
as you would in the English sentence.
This will help you express your personality even when you're speaking Italian, and this is essential to create a connection with the locals.
Action Plan for Module 1
- practice pronouncing Italian words focusing on:
- Italian cadence
- pronounce English words, as if they were Italian
|Section 3: Module 2 - Key Italian Expressions|
Module 2 - Key Italian Expressions
Greeting - When arriving
Greeting - When departing
A Tiny Bit of Grammar
- In Italian all nouns have gender (they are either masculine or feminine - for no particular reason!)
To say THE, Italian uses IL for masculine words and LA for feminine words
At the Cafe
Generally speaking, all you have to do to ask a question in Italian is make a statement sound like a question. So it's all in the intonation!
- Find a menu in Italian and practice ordering food and drinks in Italian
|Section 4: Module 3 - Tricks and Getting VIP Treatment|
Module 3 - Tricks and VIP Treatment
In this module we will look at
- 50% to 90% of what we talk about is "old info"
A Few Tricks
During each interaction with Italian...
How to Spot Latin Based Words
Speaking More Italian
- 50% is shared vocabulary [so you can make words up]
English words [latin-based] that end in -ly will end in -mente in Italian.
- Learn to simplify your English before you start speaking sentences in Italian
Getting VIP Treatment
What Can You Get?
|Section 5: Conclusions|
Quick Review of the Three Modules
Anyone can learn to speak a language as long as they:
- Focus on communication
|Section 6: Bonus|
Jump Start Your Italian - Free Series
A quick teaser for my upcoming Udemy Course "Speak Italian From Day 1".
You will learn:
A Doctor in Translation from Italy, with over 20 years of experience in teaching Italian as a foreign language, I have developed techniques and strategies to help anyone pick up Italian easily and quickly.
Over the years I have traveled to 27 countries, studied 8 foreign languages and I am fluent in 4. You can rest assured that my strategies and teaching method will get you speaking and understanding Italian with ease.
As an academic, I know the difference between learning Italian for educational purposes and learning Italian to maximise your experience while traveling through Italy. They are different skills and there is no reason why you should have to learn Italian the hard way!
You can always reach out to me for support and advice. A presto, Manu