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Hi, I’m Lucia, your Italian tutor at Lingookies. You can call me Lucy. If you’ve come to this page, it means you want to know the best way to learn Italian.
I will tell you here.
As a language learner myself, I know how long it can take for a student to sound even remotely natural in a foreign language.
There’s a reason for that.
Coming from my personal experience, many language courses are so narrowly focused on teaching grammar rules and lone words that they often forget that context is vital in order for speech to sound natural in any language.
I also know, at least from my direct experience, that learning a language in context is absolutely the best way to become proficient in that language.
I know I kind of sound like a marketing agent here, but please bear with me. Learning collocations should be a priority for any language learner.
What are collocations, you ask?
You see, English is made of building blocks, and so is Italian.
If you know how to translate “weather” into Italian (tempo) but don’t know that tempo often connects to some very specific words in the language (stabile, instabile, mite, estivo, ostile…), that word is useless.
What if I tell you that taking a shower will sound perfectly fine to you, but doing breakfast won’t?
Italians do breakfast. They do showers. They squeeze deals! When they count age, they have years. Yet many textbooks often forget telling you this.
Learning Italian in context is absolutely the best way to learn Italian
Need some more examples? How about… a major issue? a favorable circumstance? a broad jump?
Do you know why? Because…
English is made of building blocks
And so is Italian.
Start learning Italian in context today. See which nouns, adjectives and verbs work well together to form complete and natural-sounding sentences.
Learn the most common Italian collocations, the “building blocks” of the Italian language, one word at a time.
The Italian in context dictionary
So, what will you find in every Italian in context dictionary entry?
Each lesson features a number of common Italian collocations for the given words with native audio recordings and example sentences.
Let’s say you want to know what adjectives and verbs are more commonly associated with tomatoes, for example. Just tap or click on the lesson and start learning. It’s that simple!
Pick up a lesson and start learning the most common Italian collocations today.
How to make the most out of these common Italian collocations
Listen to every recording as much as you like, then repeat it out loud. Don’t be shy and don’t be afraid to make mistakes!
There won’t be recordings for very basic and common verbs such as vendere, “to sell” that work together with thousands of words. In that case, read the word out loud, play with it, even come up with your own example sentences and if you feel brave enough, feel free to leave a comment in Italian!
I’ll be glad to give you suggestions and help you in your Italian learning journey.
Most importantly, go through one lesson at a time and don’t overdo yourself. Come back in a few days and go through that same lesson again.
Take notes on which collocations you remember more easily, and pay attention to the common Italian collocations you have trouble remembering: these are the ones you’ll have to concentrate more on.
This is called spaced repetition, and it’s one of the best learning strategies you can employ (see? another collocation right there!) to learn any language, not just Italian! The science evidence that backs it up is pretty strong: this stuff works.
Also, don’t forget to do the interactive exercises!
At the bottom of each lesson you will find a link to its specific interactive exercises. There are many kinds of quizzes: writing exercises, listening exercises and even pronunciation exercises using browser speech recognition support (only available on desktop Chrome as of now) for those who want to test their speaking skills!