- I think that only daring speculation can lead us further and not accumulation of facts. Albert Einstein
Learning a new language is never easy but it's so satisfying when you are able to converse with someone in a foreign language!
The Italian language is the language of Italy. Other countries that use Italian as their official language are San Marino, Vatican City, and Switzerland. Slovenia and Croatia also use Italian as their official language, but only in some regions.
The historic influence of Italian culture in terms of music, food, architecture, design, literature and science is very prominent in other languages
Italian is spoken by about 70 million people in several countries, including some parts of Monaco, Malta, Albania, Montenegro, Dodecaneso (Greece), Eritrea, Libya, Ethiopia, Somalia, Tunisia. It has however seen a decline in the African countries of Eritrea and Libya, which used to be Italian colonies. Italian is also the second most spoken language in Argentina.
It is mostly derived from Latin, with some words from Greek, Etruscan and elsewhere.
It is called an inflected language - that means that the meaning of words can be changed by changing their endings.
Italian pronunciation is simple - there are just a few rules to learn, and hardly any difficult sounds.
Many Italian words for food have entered the English language, such as: pizza, spaghetti and ravioli. Many technical words in music are Italian, such as forte and allegro. Many musical instrument names are also Italian, such as cello and tuba. Mafia and vendetta come from the darker side of Italian culture .
Here are some tips that will help you in mastering any language
- first of all you must know why you are doing it, you have to be motivated,
- finding a partner will increase your motivation as together it will be much faster and easier to master new language.
- talk to yourself a lot,
- don't dive too much in textbooks and talk to people a lot as it will keep the learning process relevant to you.