Learn Italian sounds – the alphabet

Italian is one of the most musical languages in the world. But what are exactly the sounds of this language? Let’s summarize the main ones in the tables below:   ALPHABET EXAMPLES PHONETIC TRANSCRIPTION SIMILAR SOUNDS IN ENGLISH A Animale (animal)  [ani’male] Cup B Bagaglio (luggage)  [ba’gaʎo] Bike C [1] Cane (dog) [‘kane] Cold D Domenica (Sunday) [do’menika] Darling E Estintore (fire-extinguisher) [estin’tore] Elephant F Folata (gust) [fo’lata] Flower G [2] Gatto (general) [‘gat:o] Game H [3] Hotel (hotel) [o’tɛl] /// I Insieme (together) [in’sjɛme] Instructions L Ladro (thief) [‘ladro] Long M Malattia (illness) [mala’t:ia] Mountains N Negozio (shop) [ne’gɔtsjo]…

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Exam preparation: CILS, CELI, PLIDA and CIC

After years of study you have decided it’s time to get an official certification of your Italian level? That’s good. But maybe you should know a thing or two first. If you are still unsure about the certification you want to get, you’d probably be better off having a look at these articles – Cils and Celi; Plida and Cic. Instead, if you already have a pretty clear idea of the exam you want to sit, continue reading. Many people believe that a good command of the language is the only necessary requirement to pass an exam. Unfortunately, this is…

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Certifications of Italian L2 (part 2 – PLIDA and CIC)

PLIDA PLIDA stands for “Progetto Lingua Italiana Dante Alighieri -> Dante Alighieri Italian language project”. It covers six levels: PLIDA LEVELS QCER LEVELS PLIDA A1 A1 PLIDA A2 A2 PLIDA B1 B1 PLIDA B2 B2 PLIDA C1 C1 PLIDA C2 C2 After you have chosen your level, you have to pass an exam composed of four sections to get PLIDA: Listening Comprehension Reading Comprehension Speaking Writing There is also a special certification for adolescents from 13 to 18 – named Juniors – that covers only the first four levels PLIDA A1, A2, B1, B2; and a special certification for business…

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Certifications of Italian L2 (part 1 – CILS and CELI)

Certifications of Italian L2 certify the level of proficiency of the Italian language a person has. The commonest certifications are: CILS, CELI, PLIDA and CIC. CILS CILS stands for “Certificazione di Italiano come Lingua Straniera -> certification of Italian as a foreign language.” It covers six levels, which correspond to the language proficiency levels appearing in the CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference): QCER LEVELS CILS LEVELS Basic User A1 CILS A1 A2 CILS A2 Independent User B1 CILS UNO – B1 B2 CILS DUE – B2 Competent User C1 CILS TRE – C1 C2 CILS QUATTRO – C2 After…

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