Learn Italian, Uncategorized|September 26, 2011 6:07 am

Learn to Speak Italian: Your 4 Best Options

You’ve decided to learn to speak Italian. That’s great! But now you have to figure out how to go about doing that. This post is going to introduce you to the top 4 ways to learn Italian, and it is going to discuss the advantages and disadvantages of each Italian language learning method. For more information, please visit our learn the Italian language site, SpeakOut! Italain.

1. Use Free Courses and Materials from the Internet

The are lots of sites hosting Italian language learning materials. Some of these sites are “.edu” sites, mostly universities providing learning content for free. Other sites are what I call “Adsense” sites. These are sites that put up free Italian learning materials and make money off of Google advertising. Of course, there are also the “freemium” sites, sites that give you content for free, but make you pay for their premium materials.

Advantages

Obviously, the biggest advantage of learning to speak Italian with these sites is that it doesn’t cost anything. In addition, you can get quite a lot of material, especially from university sites, or reference sites like Wikipedia.  The “freemium” sites are great if you you’re thinking about investing in language learning course but aren’t totally committed yet.

Disadvantages

While everybody loves free stuff, there are quite a few limitations to this method. First, the material you get is going to be totally disorganized. For example you’ll find lists of Italian vocabulary words, phrases and dialogues, but you won’t find any structured way of effectively learning them. In addition, most of the information you get will be incomplete. The fact is that most people don’t give away complete, well organized Italian language learning courses. It’s just too much work!

2. Learning Italian With Books

Learning with books, surprisingly, is still one of the most popular ways to study Italian. You can buy “4-skills” books that teach reading, writing, listening, and speaking. You can buy grammar books, vocabulary books, writing books, conjugation books. You name the Italian language learning component and, rest assured, someone has written an instructional book in regards to it.

Advantages

The biggest advantages of books is that you can throw them in a backpack and study them anywhere; you don’t need to be connected or plugged in to anything. In addition, books provide lots of information in a small, well-organized package. There is no information overload. You’ve specific chapter that do specific things. Finally, books are great for people who like to do written activities, like fill-in-the-blank exercises.

Disadvantages

The biggest drawback to learning Italian with books is that they aren’t interactive at all. You can’t learn Italian pronunciation with a book, and you can’t have an interactive conversation in Italian with a book, like you can with software or a teacher. Also, when compared to digital products, books are very expensive, and actually provide far less learning content. Italian language learning software programs, in my opinion, are the “new books.”

3. Taking an Italian Course

You can take Italian courses at universities, community centers, and at private Italian language learning centers.

Advantages

The biggest advantage of learning to speak Italian in a classroom is, of course, having a teacher. Teachers provide information, yes, but they also provide structure, and they demand a bit of accountability, even if you’re just taking the course for fun. In addition, Italian courses provide social interaction that many people enjoy; studying in a group is oftentimes far more interesting and motivating than studying alone.

Disadvantages

The biggest disadvantage to taking an Italian is cost. Teachers, classrooms, and lesson plans don’t come for free, and if you take a class, you will pay far more than if you just learn with books or software. In addition, you have physically be present in a classroom. This can be difficult if you already spend a lot of time in the office and commuting to and from work. Finally, some people find learning Italian in front of others to be embarrassing and stressful.

4. Learning With Italian Language Learning Software

Learning to speak Italian on a computer used to be kind of a novelty. It was also considered to be a second-rate way to learn, as opposed to classroom courses and good old-fashioned paper textbooks. Not anymore!

Advantages

The first advantage of learning Italian on a computer is the price to instruction ratio. For a relatively small amount of money, $100 to $300 dollars, you get hundreds of hours of quality learning materials. In addition, these learning materials are more effective than anything you get in a book or a classroom. For example, native-speaker audio recordings are included for all words and phrases learned. Also included are real-life Italian conversations. And you don’t just speak your parts. When you speak, your voice is recorded and analyzed by the software. Then you make adjustments to perfect your pronunciation. In addition, Italian language learning programs also provide interactive games to help you learn vocabulary words and master verb conjugations. Finally, most Italian courses have downloadable MP3 files that you can use anywhere.

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Disadvantages

The biggest disadvantage to using Italian learning software is that you have to be disciplined. There is no teacher telling you when to study and how to do your homework. Also, there are a lot of Italian language learning products out there, but not all of them are good. You’ve got to do your research before investing in a program.

Final Thoughts

There are many ways to learn to speak Italian. You can use free material on the Internet, buy Italian textbooks, take an Italian course, or, my favorite, use Italian language learning software. Read the advantages and disadvantages of each method, consider them in light of your strengths and weaknesses asna student, and you’ll choose the method that is best for you.

 

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Olivia Wilde joins Jason Sudeikis at Actors' Choice Gala in New York They are parents to son Otis, who will celebrate his second birthday next month. But it was a date night for Olivia Wilde and Jason Sudeikis on Monday, as they left their little one at home and headed to the Atlanta Theater Company Actors' Choice Gala in New York City. As always, 31-year-old Olivia looked lovely, picking a casual but chic outfit for the event. Adults only: Olivia Wilde and Jason Sudeikis left son Otis at home on Monday to attend the Altantic Theater Company Actors Choice gala in New York City The actress wore a red Smythe blazer over a matching knitted jumper, with '1970' printed across the front in black. Olivia also sported a pair of black flared trousers and matching platform boots, sweeping her caramel hair into a fuss-free side plait. The Vinyl star had been wearing a cream wool coat as she arrived at the event, but removed it before stepping onto the red carpet. Olivia finished off her look with just a touch of natural make-up to highlight her gorgeous features, along with some winged black eyeliner.pre bonded hair Casual but chic: The actress wore a bright red Smythe blazer over a matching knitted jumper with '1970' across the front A flare for fashion: Olivia also wore flared black trousers and matching platform boots Meanwhile Jason, 40, cut a suave figure in a navy blazer over a blue shirt and tie, as well as green corduroy trousers and battered brown lace-up shoes. The happy couple posed for photos with their good friend and Jason's Last Man On Earth co-star Will Forte, who is looking like his old self again after shaving off half of his beard and hair.

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She impressed audiences with her gorgeous legs as she flirted with Leonardo DiCaprio in Wolf of Wall Street. And Margot Robbie’s pins were on display as she strolled around New York City in a short black slip dress paired with a long pink Kimono, on Wednesday. The 26-year-old showed why she is tipped to be the next Bond girl, showing off her slender physique in the eye-catching number from Spell & The Gypsy Collective. Scroll down for video Stepping out: Margot Robbie’s trim pins were on display as she wafted around New York City in a short black slip dress paired with a long pink Kimono on Wednesday The oriental-inspired garment featured broderie anglaise in elaborate flower patterns on the sleeves, shoulders and back, and flowed behind her as she strolled around downtown NYC. Leaving a Tribeca hotel, the Australian actress smiled behind oversized round metallic sunglasses with her blonde locks tied back in a bun.perruques cheveux naturels The Hollywood starlet’s complexion was characteristically flawless all over, but years in the Northern Hemisphere appeared to have erased her Australian tan. All smiles: Leaving a Tribeca hotel, the Australian actress smiled behind oversized round metallic sunglasses with her blonde locks tied back in a bun High fashion: The 26-year-old showed why she is tipped to be the next Bond girl, showing off her slender physique in the eye-catching number from Spell & The Gypsy Collective Good taste: The oriental-inspired garment featured broderie anglaise in elaborate flower patterns on the sleeves, shoulders and back, and flowed behind her as she strolled around downtown NYC She enhanced her look with natural-look makeup and subtle pink lipstick and carried a small black leather handbag to run her errands.

Margot had been at a fitting for the upcoming NYC premiere of her new film Suicide Squad on Monday night. Tinseltown is abuzz with rumours that the blonde beauty will appear in the next James Bond film as a Bond girl, following a long line of glamorous actresses. Flawles: The Hollywood starlet’s complexion was characteristically flawless all over, but years in the Northern Hemisphere appeared to have erased her Australian tan Going natural: She enhanced her look with natural-look makeup and subtle pink lipstick and carried a small black leather handbag to run her errands Looking her best: Margot had been at a fitting for the upcoming NYC premiere of her new film Suicide Squad on Monday night Online polls have revealed the 26-year-old stunner is at the strongest odds to fill the role, sitting at 12/1, while Emily Blunt sits at 16/1, according to Paddy Power. Others sitting at promising odds to star as the much-desired female character are American model and actress Emily Ratajkowski, who sits at 22/1, with Brit Emma Watson further down the line at 40/1. The Gold Coast girl found her big break in 2013 opposite Leonardo DiCaprio in Martin Scorsese's The Wolf of Wall Street as the feisty and seductive, Naomi. Plenty to smile about: Tinseltown is abuzz with rumours that the blonde beauty will appear in the next James Bond film as a Bond girl, following a long line of glamorous actresses Adoring fans: Margot caused a stir with passersby as she stepped out in NYC Well made: The beautiful garment had an elaborate rose pattern on its back More recently, she starred alongside Alexander Skarsgård in The Legend Of Tarzan as Jane.perruques cheveux As well as the blockbuster, Margot has various other projects in the pipeline, including Suicide Squad, in which she plays Harley Quinn. Other females who have starred as the prestigious Bond girl include talented beauties Halle Berry, Rosamund Pike and Eva Green. Next big thing: Online polls have revealed the 26-year-old stunner is at the strongest odds to fill the Bond role, sitting at 12/1, while Emily Blunt sits at 16/1, according to Paddy Power . In demand actress: As well as the blockbuster, Margot has various other projects in the pipeline, including Suicide Squad, in which she plays Harley Quinn Following in footsteps: Other females who have starred as the prestigious Bond girl include talented beauties Halle Berry, Rosamund Pike and Eva Green Although the buzz around who will land the role of Bond girl is growing, the film is not expected to be released until at least 2018. Producer Barbara Broccoli has two other projects firmly underway and is said to be keen to tempt Daniel Craig into reprising his role as the titular character for the fifth time. Holding her own: Her breakout role was as DiCaprio's feisty wife, Naomi, on Wolf of Wall Street, which her portrayal earned her international acclaim - and showed off her gorgeous legs to the world

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And speaking about the family's meeting with the runner-up, the insider revealed: 'After he left, Soraya said she thought he was a player.' It seems that JoJo did make the right decision however, as she is apparently still very happily engaged to the winner. She likes what she sees: JoJo has also fallen in love with former competitive swimmer Robby, 27 Denying the rumours: Robby has refuted claims that he dumped his girlfriend to appear on the show Former quarterback Jordan, 27, has been a favourite to win the show from night one, when JoJo presented him with the First Impression Rose. Show secrets: Us Weekly revealed details of the dramatic finale And while on Monday's episode of the show he was seen telling the real estate developer that asking her father's permission to propose would be very important to him, a clip for the finale showed JoJo asking if he is ready to get down on one knee. Both of the finalists have faced rumours about past relationships, with Jordan's ex Brittany Farrar claiming that they broke up because she cheated on him. He denied this to JoJo on the show. The footballer is estranged from his famous NFL star brother Aaron, whose girlfriend Olivia Munn is close pals with Jordan's ex-girlfriend. Aaron finally addressed his younger brother speaking about their fraught relationship on the show during an interview with WISN on Tuesday.cosplay wigs 'As far as those kinds of things go, I've always found that it's a little inappropriate to talk publicly about some family matters, so I'm not going to speak on those things,' he said. 'But I wish him well in the competition.' Meanwhile a friend of Robby's ex-girlfriend Hope Higginbotham has claimed that he dumped her in order to go on The Bachelorette, something which he denied during last week's hometown dates. The Bachelorette finale followed by the After The Final Rose special will air on ABC on Monday. She made the right choice: JoJo is apparently still happily engaged to the winner, who popped the question in May. The finale airs on ABC on Monday