How to learn a language online

How to learn a language online

wayne parry

LEARN ITALIAN ONLINE FOR FREE

 

 

STEP ONE:    TO UNDERSTAND WHERE IT IS SPOKEN

EXAMPLE:     A JOURNEY THROUGH THE PLACES THAT SPEAK ITALIAN

 

Italian is a language that is spoken by over 85 million people around the world - mostly in Italy. This includes over 500,000 people in Switzerland where it is an official language as well as in the small prinicipality of San Marino and in the Vatican City. The nearby Slovenian and Croatian regions of Istria also include Italian as an offical language. Unofficially, it is still spoken by some people in the African ex-colonies of Eritrea, Somalia and Libya.

 

Over the last two centuries, millions of Italians emigrated to other parts of the world and there are now over 1.5 million Italian speakers in Argentina, 1.1 million in the United States, 1 million in France and hundreds of thousands of speakers in Canada, Germany, Venezuela, Australia, Belgium, Mexico, the United Kingdom, Brazil and Uruguay. The largest Italian cities outside of Italy are Toronto, Buenos Aires, New York City, Melbourne and Montreal. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

STEP TWO:     TO CHOOSE A PLACE WHERE IT IS SPOKEN

EXAMPLE:       MILAN

 

 

The largest city in northern Italy is a magnet for migrants all over the world and is a major centre of fashion and commerce. The best way to start with a language is to choose a location and become familiarised with the surroundings. 

 

 

 

 

 

STEP THREE:     TO EXPLORE THE STREETS AND SIGNS

EXAMPLE:          VISIT A MARKET IN PALERMO

 

 

 

 

 

STEP FOUR:        TO UNDERSTAND HOW THEY BEHAVE

EXAMPLE:           TELEVISION

 

The majority of television programmes obviously come from Italy where most people speak the language. However, there are also some programmes from the Ticino region of Switzerland. Here is a brief list of some TV shows that show different situations in Italian (and Swiss) society.

 

La Prova del Cuoco                            cooking show

La Vita in Diretta                                  lifestyle talk show

Volami nel Cuore                                evening variety show

Don Matteo                                           crime drama set in Perugia

RIS Delitti Imperfetti                            another crime drama that has been exported to other European countries

Carabinieri                                           police drama

Elisa di Rivombrosa                           drama series set in the late 18th century

Grande Fratello                                   Italian version of Big Brother

Caterina e le Sue Figlie                     drama about a woman and her daughters

L'Isola dei Famosi                              reality show involving Italian celebrities

7 Vite                                                      sitcom about a man was in a coma for fifteen years

Belli Dentro                                          sitcom from Milan

Camera Cafe'                                      adaptation of a French sitcom set in front of an office coffee machine

Medici Miei                                            sitcom that parodies other medical sitcoms

La Squadra                                          police drama set in Naples

Il Quotidiano                                        information show from Ticino in Switzerland

Frontalieri                                             Swiss comedy about the border control between Italy and Switzerland

 

 

 

 

 

STEP FIVE:          TO LEARN ABOUT THE FOOD

EXAMPLE:           ITALIAN RESTAURANT IN SICILY

 

This step needs no further mention. In order to understand Italian, it is essential to understand the food. Here is a culinary tour of some of what Italy has to offer.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

STEP SIX:             TO LEARN ABOUT THE PREPARATION OF THE FOOD

EXAMPLE:            RECIPE FOR TIRAMISU

 

 

 

 

STEP SEVEN:            TO LISTEN TO THE MUSIC

EXAMPLE:                  RECENT MUSIC IN ITALIAN

 

 

Italian music has always been synonymous with opera but there is a diverse range of music sung in Italian from rock to rap. Here is a list of some recent releases.

 

La Notte (Arisa)                                                    female singer from Genoa

Bastava (Laura Pausini)                                    Italy's most famous female pop singer

Diamente Lei e Luce Lui (Annalisa)               pop singer from Savona

Dedicato a Te (Le Vibrazioni)                           rock band from Milan

La Differenza Tra Me e Te (Tiziano Ferro)      one of Italy's best known male singers in the last ten years

Tranne Te (Fabri Fibra)                                     probably the most popular rap artist in Italy at the moment

L'Amore e' Femmin (Nina Zilli)                        Italy's entrant for Eurovision 2012

Nessuno Ti Ama (Mondo Marcio)                   rap artist

Una Musica Sola (Gido)                                   another well-known rap artist

Questa Estate Strana (Zero Assoluto)          rock band from Rome

Il Buio (Jolaurlo)                                                 Italian electronic band 

Inevitabile (Giorgia & Eros Ramazzotti)        two of Italy's most famous contemporary singers

Mi Sono Rotto il Cazzo (Lo Stato Sociale)    indie rock band

 

 

 

 

STEP EIGHT:              TO GET INvOLVED IN A LOCAL SPORT

EXAMPLE:                  ITALIAN FOOTBALL

 

 

Football (soccer) is the undisputed national sport of Italy, known locally as calcio. The most successful football teams in Italy's Serie A league are Juventus, AC Milan and Internazionale (also from Milan). Other notable teams include Bologna, Torino and Genoa.  

 

 

 

 

 

STEP NINE:                TO BECOME IMMERSED IN LOCAL FILMS

EXAMPLE:                  RECENT FILMS IN ITALIAN

 

 

Italy has always been universally respected for its film industry since the early days of Hollywood and has had its ups and downs. La Vita e' Bella was a worldwide box office hit in the 1990's and more recently, there have been several good quality films to come out of Italy.

 

Terraferma                    set in the south of Italy - dealing with the plight of refugees arriving in Italy

Giochi d'Estate             a Swiss film that follows the lives of two adolescents on a summer vacation in Tuscany

Gomorra                        mafia film set in Naples

La Prima Cosa Bella  set in the 1970's and follows the lives of a family until recent days

La Pivellina                   Austrian film (in Italian) about a circus couple who find an abandoned child

La Sconosciuta            drama that follows a Ukrainian prostitute looking for her daughter

Nuovomondo                historical drama about migration from Italy to the United States

Il Divo                              biographical film about the former Italian leader, Giulio Andreotti

 

 

 

 

STEP TEN:                   TO MEET THE LOCALS

EXAMPLE:                   SKYPE

 

Chatting to native speakers on Skype is a great way to learn a language and there are several websites where you can meet those native speakers who are interested in exchanging a language, such as The Mixxer or My Language Exchange.

 

The Mixxer  http://www.language-exchanges.org

My Language Exchange  http://www.mylanguageexchange.com

 

 

 

STEP ELEVEN:                TO UNDERSTAND THE WORKING CULTURE

EXAMPLE:                        FINDING WORK IN SWITZERLAND

 

Working in the country that speaks the language is a fantastic way to improve your communication skills. Here's some advice from an agency in Ticino (where Italian is spoken in Switzerland) about finding a job.

 

 

 

 

STEP TWELVE:                TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THE RELATIONSHIPS OF THE PEOPLE

EXAMPLE:                         RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN SWITZERLAND AND ITALY

 

As certain parts of Switzerland speak Italian and as it's a different country, there are obvious differences of opinions from time to time - especially in relation to Italy's contrast between north and south. Here is a discussion about Ticino and its relationship with the north of Italy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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