Learning Italian

Christmas Gift-Bringers of Europe
Christmas gift-bringers of Europe
Find out who brings Christmas gifts in France, Germany, Spain, and many other countries by looking at this neatly coloured map. (...)
December 14, 2017 – Jakub MarianEnglish, French, German, Italian, Maps, Spanish
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Comparison of difficulty of different languages
When people start thinking about learning a language like Russian or Chinese, one of the first thoughts that spring to mind is that it (...)
Special characters (diacritics) used in European languages
The “Basic Latin Alphabet”, as defined by the ISO, consists of the following 26 letters and their uppercase variants (and is identical to (...)
February 21, 2017 – Jakub MarianCzech, English, French, German, Italian, Maps, Spanish
Stress position and accents in Italian
Stress placement in Italian is variable, just like in English (the stressed syllable changes from word to word). However, Italian has (...)
September 4, 2016 – Riccardo Cava  and  Jakub MarianItalian
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Difference between a dialect and a language
Whenever I publish a language map, such as the one of the languages of Europe, I get comments claiming that “Xyz is not a language”. For (...)
August 16, 2016 – Jakub MarianEnglish, French, German, Italian, Spanish

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Double letters in Italian
It is very common to find double consonants in Italian. They have a different pronunciation than single consonants and usually change the (...)
July 7, 2016 – Riccardo Cava  and  Jakub MarianItalian
Italian Alphabet with Pronunciation
The Italian alphabet has 21 letters (when not counting letters with diacritical marks), out of which 5 are vowels and 16 consonants. As (...)
June 26, 2016 – Riccardo Cava  and  Jakub MarianItalian
Percentage of EU population able to hold a conversation in Italian (map)
The following map (based on Eurobarometer 386, 2012) shows a few interesting trends. Probably the most surprising is how low the (...)
September 9, 2014 – Jakub MarianItalian, Maps
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How to choose a language to learn
Starting to learn a new language is a big decision. It requires a lot of dedication and perseverance, and it is a decision that can (...)
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Internal monologue (“speaking in your head”) as a form of language learning
There is one method I’ve been using for years for every single language I learn: the so called “internal monologue” or “inner voice”. It (...)