This post focuses on how to speak Italian, not on grammar, sentence structure, etc. First we’ll take a quick look at an online course and an audio-based course, both of which focus on teaching spoken Italian.
Then I’ll tell you how you can practice speaking Italian with native speakers–for FREE. Finally, I’ll give you a few essential Italian language learning tips.
How to Speak Italian: Paid Courses
Unless you can afford to move to Italy, the best way to learn to speak Italian is to use paid courses. These courses are fun, easy to use, and, most importantly, come with lots of Italian native speaker recordings. We’ll talk about two courses. The first one is called Rocket Italian.
This course focuses on teaching practical Italian communication skills, and it’s the best way to learn to speak Italian, especially since it’s just $99 for a lifetime membership.
Pimsleur Italian teaches you how to speak Italian–and that’s all it does. This is a 100% audio-based course that teaches no grammar, reading, writing, culture–or anything else. It’s a bit more expensive than Rocket Italian, but it’s world-famous for delivering quick and effective results.
If you want to learn how to speak Italian, and you’re willing to spend a little money, go with one of the above-mentioned courses. You won’t regret it. If you’re short on cash, don’t worry. You can still learn how to speak Italian–it’s just a lot more work.
How to Speak Italian for Free!
The most important thing to do when learning Italian is to…speak Italian. You can memorize words and phrases until you’re blue in the face, but you’ll never become a truly good speaker unless you spend time speaking the language.
The best free way to speak Italian is to do a language exchange. How do you do it? It’s easy. You use Skype to speak Italian with an Italian person who’s sitting at their computer in Italy. Why would they help you? Because you’re going to help them too. For example, you agree to study for an hour.
You speak English with them for 30 minutes and then they speak Italian with you for 30 minutes. In the end, you both get practice speaking with a native speaker and neither of you has to pay!
How to Speak Italian: Essential Study Habits
When learning to speak Italian, you’ve got to do a few things. First, you’ve got to set real, attainable Italian language learning goals. Check out these outcome based strategies to learn how to properly set learning goals. Next, you’ve got to make a learning schedule. One of the biggest mistakes learners make is not sticking to a schedule. You’ll learn far more studying 30 minutes a day 5 days a week than you will by studying all day every Saturday!
Finally, make sure you revisit what you’ve learned. The reason many Italian language courses are no good is because they teach, they test, and then they move on. That doesn’t work. A properly developed course will go back and revisit what you’ve learned as you move forward learning new things. If you’re going to learn on your own, make suer you incorporate this strategy. Here’s some interesting information on a very important learning strategy called “Spaced Repetition.“
If you want to learn to speak Italian in the quickest, most efficient way, spend a hundred bucks and sign up for the Rocket Italian course. If you haven’t got a hundred bucks to spare, use this Free Program to learn vocabulary words. Then do a language exchange with a native Italian speaker. Finally, make sure you set proper learning goals, stick to a learning schedule, and revisit what you’ve learned.
We here at SpeakOut! Italian wish you the best in your Italian language learning adventure!
Ryan Wiley is a university language professor and author of 12 language learning textbooks.