Common mistakes Italians make in Italian (Part 1)

Common mistakes Italians make in Italian

Sometimes language learners are afraid of speaking in a foreign language because they’re scared of making mistakes. But they also forget that even native speakers make mistakes when talking or even when writing! So, to make you feel better about your mistakes in Italian, here are some of the most common mistakes Italians make when speaking or writing. THE ACCENT Sometimes, it can be tricky to know whether to use the accent or not in Italian, especially on monosillabic words. So, some Italians either use too many accents or they choose not to use them at all. The fact is…

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Basic Italian travel phrases

Basic Italian travel phrases

Everyone who’s come to Italy once in his life, has surely noticed that many Italians don’t have a good command of English. So, knowing and understanding at least some basic Italian travel phrases might be very useful for you if you ever decide to come and visit Italy. For this reason, today I’m going to list some very basic Italian travel phrases that you can use during your staying in Italy. ASKING FOR EXPLANATIONS These simple sentences are very useful when you don’t understand immediately what an Italian is saying. You can use different types of sentences. The choice is…

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The meanings of the Italian words magari and infatti

Magari and infatti are two common Italian words that Italians use daily. But these two words do not have only one meaning and can be used in different ways. Do you think you know all the meanings of these two Italian words and how to use them? If not, keep reading because today you’ll learn how to use magari and infatti. MAGARI Magari can have different meanings in Italian. In course books some of these meanings are taught sooner, some others, instead, are taugth at intermediate or advanced levels. However, if you happen to have an Italian language partner, you’ll…

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What’s your learning style?

What's your learning style?

According to the educational theorist Neil Fleming, everyone of us has a preference for a specific learning style. Learning to use learning techniques related to our specific learning style would allow us to learn faster and better. Fleming created the VARK model. The VARK model divides learners into four groups, according to their “preferred” learning style. The four learning styles are: visual, auditory, reading/writing, and kinesthetic. VISUAL LEARNERS Visual learners have a preference for learning by observing. They can learn from images, diagrams, schemes.  AUDITORY LEARNERS Auditory learners learn better when listening to new information. For example, they prefer listening…

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Seven Italian body idioms

Seven Italian body idioms

Italian is a language full of idioms, and many of them are commonly used in everyday situations. This is the case of many Italian body idioms, for example. So, today you’re going to learn seven Italian body idioms. 1. COSTARE UN OCCHIO DELLA TESTA Costare un occhio della testa is the first of the Italian body idioms you’re going to learn today. This expression is used to say that something is extremely expensive. Ex: Che bell’anello! Ti sarà costato un occhio della testa! What a nice ring! It might have cost you an arm and a leg! 2. NON AVERE…

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