5 tools to learn Italian: start learning like a pro

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Are you one of those people who are starting to learn Italian after Måneskin won the Eurovision Song Contest or are you an expert? Never mind, just be Zitti e buoni and read these advice to know the best tools to learn Italian.

The best vocabularies for beginners: Word Reference and Reverso

Dictionaries are indeed one of the best tools to learn Italian not because they can help you when translating a text, but because they can help you build your own glossary.

I think that Word Reference is one of the best dictionaries around. This site does not simply support a lot of languages, but also provides numerous examples to help you better understand the meaning and the collocations linked to the searched expression. It can also provides good back translation, so you can check all the meanings and the context to use them correctly. And if the site does not contain what you are looking for, you can always ask the forum!

On the other hand, Reverso is very good when you need to translate idioms. This tool is based on a parallel corpus that identifies matching translation in from one language to the other, but you have to be careful because sometimes it bolds the wrong part of the sentence.

Improve Italian as Italians do: Treccani.it

This dictionary is one of the best tools used also by Italian speakers. At first, it can be difficult to master this website because it is entirely written in Italian, but you just have to keep going using it to enrich your vocabulary and learn new ways to express your thoughts. As I have already said before, it can help you fill your glossary with synonyms and idioms.

Also, it is linked to a lot of other sources, such as thesauri, etymological dictionaries and other materials related to precise contexts.

Oh wait, and it is also completely free!

Open book with a lot of word useful to learn Italian
Learn Italian like an Italian pal | Source: Collins Dictionary

Flashcards tools to learn Italian: Quizlet and Memrise

Flashcard can be a very useful tool if you want to learn Italian effectively. Once you signed up, you can create new sets to get together every single vocabulary you have to learn. And that’s not all! You can also create your own sets and challenge your friends!

The cool feature of these tools is that they automatically show you the cards you still have to practice, while those you have already memorized are presented less frequently.

Language pals

One of the best way to improve your language skills is to find an Italian language partner to practice your target language. In my opinion, this is very useful because you have the opportunity to learn Italian vocabulary that is not very common in books. But beware of dialects! These minor languages are not understandable by every Italian native: sometimes we get very confused when someone uses dialects, so we always try to avoid these particular forms. Instead, we prefer to use word belonging to everyday vocabulary. Oh and maybe you can get an aperitivo together.

A boy and a girl drinking and aperitivo and learning Italian

If you don’t know how to find a language partner you can look for language learning groups on Facebook where people try to learn your mother tongue.

If you don’t like Facebook, you can always use Tandem, the Language Exchange app to find native speakers. I think this is one of the best tools to learn Italian because you can sort speakers on the basis of common interests, so you can talk about your passions and not spending time talking about the weather.

The best blog: Puntinisullei

Logo Puntini sulle i: one of the best tools to learn Italian
Logo Puntinisullei

Last but not least, one of the best tools for learning Italian is my blog Puntini sulle i. Here you can find different contents that can help you master Italian language like a native. I provide different articles sorted by categories. Here you can find information about Italian language, culture, and Weekly Song a special section to learn new words listening to Italian music.

The greatest feature of this blog is the glossary, because it can help you mastering expressions and vocabulary whenever you want with short definitions and a lot of examples.

So, here are the best tools to learn Italian. If you enjoy my blog, please share this article with your friends and stick around to learn more about Italian language and culture!

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