Do You Know Italian For Hello?

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Italian for hello is “ciao”, pronounced “Chow”. Congratulations – you just started learning Italian! It might sound strange, but this is all language learning really is: making the decision that you’re going to learn, and then doing it! Avoid making the very common mistake of getting bogged down with tricky grammar rules and masses of verb conjugation. The best piece of advice you can take if you want to learn Italian is to start small, get a feel for the language, and learn small, short, simple words and phrases that are going to be immediately useful to you. The seemingly simple things like the ability to say thank you, or please, or hello in Italian are actually massive cornerstones in your learning. They’ll provide the foundation on which you build your knowledge of the language. Don’t be scared to dive in!

Getting yourself familiar with the basics first is a great way of learning a new language. If you’re heading to Italy, then let’s face it, it won’t be much good if you know how to conjugate twenty verbs but can’t say “Hello!” or “Excuse me, where are the toilets?”!

Thanks to the great selection of language learning tools, software and sites available online, you won’t ever be stuck for a study programme to follow. Many of them will provide you with pronunciation guides, vocab lists, writing exercises, and listening practice, so you can feel free to take it all at your own pace. A word of caution, though – be careful with that freedom! A common mistake is for beginners to launch themselves headfirst into learning Italian with great enthusiasm, so that the initial study sessions are an hour or two long, sometimes twice or three times a day. This sets a precedent that, for most people is completely unrealistic and near impossible to keep up over time! You are not going to become fluent in a week. It does take time, but the key is to study regular, but manageable amounts of information, and not lengthy periods of intense study. That’s why it’s really not so silly for me to tell you that by learning the Italian for hello, you’re making real progress!

As you work your way through a course, it’s important that you keep reviewing what you’ve learned so far, and revising it. This has two main functions: Firstly it ensures you have not forgotten what you previously learned and secondly, it helps you to retain the words in your head, which in turn will make you feel more comfortable and familiar with the language. That’s ultimately where your fluency will come from. So build that vocabulary up gradually, and don’t be embarrassed to start with something so simple as Italian for hello. See it as the first building block of many

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