Should I learn Italian before going to Italy?

If you are planning to visit Italy, you may be wondering whether or not you need to learn Italian. After all, most Italians can understand some English and if you know a few well-chosen Italian words, then you may feel that is enough for you to get by in Italy. However, the truth is it pays to learn Italian before going to Italy. Studying Italian will help you take part in conversations and you can also become active rather than remain a passive visitor in Italy.

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Advantages of learning Italian before going to Italy

Keep in mind that when you know the language of the country you are visiting, you will feel more comfortable, everything will sound better to you and this will help you have a more rewarding experience. Continue reading

How to form adjectives in Italian

Do you know how to form adjectives in Italian? If you are learning Italian, you may probably already know that noun-adjective agreement is a very important aspect of the Italian grammar. First of all, what is an adjective? An adjective is a word we use to give more information about a noun.

Some examples of English adjectives are beautiful, ugly, nice, intelligent, sad, happy, etc. So, it’s very important to learn Italian adjectives, because we constantly use them to describe people, things, situations, and so on.

How to form adjectives in Italian

Today, we would like to help you learn how to form adjectives in Italian, and remember that if you want to discover more aspects of Italian grammar (prepositions, articles, verbs, etc.) you can visit our Italian blog.

How to form adjectives in Italian?

Italian adjectives agree in gender (masculine/feminine) and number (singular/plural) with the nouns they modify, for example: Continue reading

What are the most common Italian surnames?

If you like the Italian language, you may be wondering “what are the most common Italian surnames?”. So, have a look at our list below. Today we are going to tell you about the history of Italian surnames.

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How did the Italian surnames come into existence?

Italian surnames started to be used in Roman times. Before that, citizens were identified by their first names (in Latin praenomen) and their family names (in latin nomen). But when the population started to increase, some problems arose because many families had the same names. So, they decided to add surnames (in Latin cognomen) which derived from work activities, physical features, places of origin, and so on. Continue reading

List of adjectives to describe a person in Italian

In our everyday life there are many situations in which we need to describe people; their appearances as well as their personalities. So, if you are learning Italian, you may be interested in a list of adjectives to describe a person in Italian. This will help you speak Italian fluently.

Italian adjectives

You can also find other posts related to this topic in our blog – body parts in Italian and Italian colours and clothing vocabulary, where you will discover some useful and basic Italian vocabulary that you could also use to describe people. It’s very important that you try to learn new words and phrases in Italian everyday so that you can feel more confident when you speak in Italian. Continue reading

Best Italian restaurants in London

Are you looking for the best Italian restaurants in London? Then this is the right place for you! Today we are going to show you a list of Italian restaurants that you must visit if you live in London and are an Italian cuisine lover.

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In London there are Italian restaurants and franchises almost anywhere, but the vast majority of them have little or nothing in common with the ‘real’ Italian restaurants that you can find in Italy.

If you want to try out an authentic Italian restaurant or pizzeria, where you can smell and taste mouth-watering authentic Italian food, have a look at our list of Italian restaurants below, which we and our increasing waistlines can personally recommend! Continue reading

Italian friendship phrases with English translation

We all know that friendship is very important in our lives, and today we are going to show you some Italian friendship phrases with English translation. So, if you have any Italian friends, you will be able to surprise them by telling them how special they are in Italian.

Italian friendship phrases

This list of Italian phrases will help expand your lexicon of  Italian vocabulary and improve your Italian level. Before starting to read these phrases about friendship, we recommend that you also have a look at our Italian love phrases which may be interesting to you. Continue reading

How long does it take to learn Italian?

How long does it take to learn Italian?: the question may seem very easy to answer, but there are many different factors which you must take into account when you learn a foreign language.

How long does it take to learn Italian?

Generally, English speakers who start learning Italian from scratch need at least 40 – 60 one-to-one Italian lessons to be able to have basic conversations in Italian about family, work, travel, sports and so on. But remember, the time needed may vary depending on the student. Continue reading

Basic Italian hotel phrases

Summer is getting closer and Italy may well be your next holiday destination, so why don’t you learn some basic Italian hotel phrases to help you interact with the locals? Learning a few Italian words and phrases will be very useful during your journey.

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In Italy, most of the people who work in hotels, b&bs, restaurants, etc. speak English, but their English level is sometimes limited. For this reason, we recommend that you learn a bit of Italian in order to reduce the risk of misunderstandings.

So, have a look at our list of basic Italian hotel phrases below Continue reading

Learn italian pharmacy vocabulary

When we travel abroad, we need to be prepared for every eventuality.  So, today we are going to help you learn Italian pharmacy vocabulary. We hope that you won’t have to use these Italian words and phrases, but if you feel poorly or get injured, you may need to. So, let’s start.

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Italian pharmacy vocabulary

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Learn Italian professions vocabulary

One of the first questions Italian people ask when they meet someone for the first time is Che lavoro fai? (what is your job?), so have a look at our Italian professions list below, and learn Italian professions vocabulary in order to be ready for your next conversation in Italian.

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