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How to Become Fluent in Italian – 8 Proven Tips

Do you want to become fluent in Italian, boost your vocabulary and perfect your pronunciation? Then read my post to find out what are 8 learning suggestions that will help you improve your Italian skills. Get details about the steps you need to follow to get started and about my teaching method.

Gain Fluency in Italian With My Online Classes

Structured Lessons

How to become fluent in Italian immediately

For anyone who knows little Italian or wants to learn Italian from scratch

Euros 22 / Lesson

Informal Conversations

Speaking lessons for students who wish to chat

For students who wish to chat on different topics of their interest

Euros 18 / Lesson

Reading Lessons

Reading classes for learners who want to boost pronunciation

For those who want to primarily work on their lexis and pronunciation

Euros 20 / Lesson

My online Italian language classes have only one goal: to help you become a better speaker and master Italian.

First and foremost, I will send you a placement test via email, which you must finish before the first meeting. Second, we’ll have a free 30-minute trial lesson to discuss your Italian level, learning objectives, and how I can help you. Finally, we’ll decide which kind of lesson will be most beneficial for you.

My online Italian language courses are delivered ONLY through Zoom.

We may talk about a wide range of topics during an Informal Conversation lesson. I’ll assist you with any corrections and provide feedback, all while encouraging you to talk as much as possible.

Complete beginners or learners with little knowledge of Italian should benefit from my Structured Lessons, which are tailored to meet their specific learning needs. These individualized lessons are intended to help students acquire the basics of the Italian language.

Reading Lessons are for individuals who wish to develop their pronunciation and reading skills.

There is optional homework available if you wish to practice outside of class.

Sessions usually last 55′. However, I can also provide 25′ informal conversation lessons upon request.

Please keep in mind that I charge in Euros rather than USD. Here is a link to an online currency converter.

8 Proven Tips on How to Boost Your Italian Skills

Online Italian Language Classes

  1. Set clear and realistic goals

2. Make language learning a daily habit, similar to brushing your teeth

3. Watch movies without subtitles

4. Listen to short podcasts daily

5. Read out loud.

6. Learn vocabulary in context. Never memorize single words, rather learn phrases instead.

7. Speak the language whenever you can.

8. Take a 1-to-1 class with me

Learning Tips for improving your Italian

1. Set Clear and Realistic Goals

Identify your learning goals, then commit to achieving them. What are you hoping to accomplish? How much time are you willing to put into learning? 
First of all, write down your SMART (specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, and time-bound) objectives. Secondly, make a list of the actions you must take to reach your goals. Finally, as you complete each one, check it off.

2. Make Learning a Daily Habit

As part of your usual routine, try to set aside time each day to learn Italian. This amount of time doesn’t have to be lengthy; start with only 15-20 minutes, then progressively increase it. The keywords are WHEN and WHAT you want to study.

First off, pick a time of day that works for you to study Italian. After that, choose a location to practice your Italian, whether it’s on your way to work, during lunch break, or at home.

Next, decide what you want to do: listen to a song and pay attention to its lyrics or read a short article three times; keep a diary or speak with an Italian friend over the phone.

Lastly, reward yourself so that you won’t lose motivation.

3. Watch Movies Without Subtitles

Yes, you got my point. If your purpose is to strengthen your listening abilities, which, let’s face it, is one of the most difficult challenges while learning a language, then no subtitles. The brain cannot fully focus on one skill when reading, watching, and listening at the same time. Therefore, if not the entire film, at least a part of it, should be watched without subtitles. Also, try to imitate what the actors are saying.

4. Listen to Short Podcasts to Improve Listening

This activity is related to the previous one, which involves listening to short podcasts every day. Choose a podcast you enjoy and give it a week of everyday listening. You’ll have grasped most of the phrases by the end of the week, made progress with your pronunciation, and understood every single word. Bonus: you made no effort to achieve this; you passively and effortlessly absorbed information that is now stored in your brain.

5. Read Out Loud in Order to Improve Your Spoken Italian

In the past, when I was learning Italian, reading aloud was one of my favorite activities. There are several benefits of reading, including enhanced reading, listening, and pronunciation abilities, the building of context-specific vocabulary, learning new grammatical structures, and most importantly — acquiring fluency in Italian.

6. Learn Chunks, Not Single Words

I used to (and still do) have the habit of learning vocabulary through … vocabulary. In my experience, learning full sentences as opposed to individual words is the greatest method to learn new lexis in context. Chunking allows us to combine many little pieces of knowledge—new words—into a single, simpler concept. One of the most well-known linguists in the world, Stephen Krashen, says that “when individuals plan a journey to a foreign place, they generally are going to bring a dictionary …”. This is what I did before travelling to Italy: I packed a dictionary and a guidebook.

7. Speak the Language Whenever You Can to Get Fluency in Italian

There are several possibilities to practice speaking Italian for free.

For example, if you sign up for a language exchange website like Tandem, you may interact with native Italian speakers who might be interested in learning English or another language from you. Therefore, your first choice would be to find a language exchange partner.

Another approach would be to chat to an Italian friend or someone who speaks Italian through Zoom, Skype, or Whatsapp.

Don’t postpone learning Italian and finding excuses for not practicing because these tools are free.

8. Take a One-On-One Class With Me

The Method I Use to Teach Italian

The method I use is based on natural language learning through conversations on various topics. In our first lesson, I will determine your speaking abilities. We will discuss your learning goals and understand areas where you need improvement. All my online Italian language classes follow the CELTA methodology.

Our courses emphasize speaking and fluency. My top priority will be to help you become fluent in Italian. Grammar comes in second place. I teach the basics of the grammar.

You will learn the vocabulary you need to use in a variety of everyday situations, enabling you to practice what you have learned in our classes. I always advise you to speak as much as possible.

We select relevant topics and build on your experience with various materials. I provide engaging and interactive activities to provide variety to the lesson, making it easy and fun.

I create personalized lesson plans and always email them to you after class. I use online articles, Google slides, video and audio texts, mindmaps, and, on occasion, textbooks.

Step One

Fill out the form on the Contact page.

When completing the contact form, it may be useful to provide the following information, such as your Italian level, the type of lesson you would like to take, and your learning goals and needs.

Step two

Complete the placement test.

I will email you a placement test after receiving the contact form, and I encourage you to take it. Using a dictionary or a translator to finish the test is equivalent to cheating.

Please ensure that your email address is correctly entered on the form to avoid misunderstandings.

Step three

Prior to our first meeting download the Zoom application and complete the set up.

Start by downloading the application and install the software on your desktop. I strongly advise using a PC rather than a smartphone or tablet. One of my requests is that the student uses a computer during our classes.

Click the blue “Download” button under Zoom Desktop Client to access the installer. Open the Zoom installer from your Downloads folder and follow the on-screen steps to set up your ZoomClient.

To join a Zoom meeting, simply click on the link sent over to you via email. My meeting link IS ALWAYS the same, so make sure you save it on your computer.

Here you can find more information on setting up your Zoom and be ready for our first Italian class.

Step four

Schedule a FREE meeting.

It’s a good idea to attend a free trial class before deciding which lesson type to choose.

We will agree on a date when we will meet for the first lesson. I will inform you of my availability and provide the details of my cancellation policy, which is also mentioned in the FAQ.

Classes will take place at Europe – Rome local time. Before scheduling the lesson, kindly confirm your time zone. Sadly, I will not be able to reschedule or cancel your lesson due to time zone-related issues.

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