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Have you ever wanted to learn italian but didn't know how? Or you knew how but didn't know where to start? Well, don't worry because I'm going to teach italian every Friday with an article.

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I often see foreign students with an Italian base that they believe is sufficient, but that when they are in Italy, they struggle to understand what is being said to them. At University everything happens with exchanged students and basically happens because there are some things that are not taught at school.

So, there are a few things you need to know if you want to learn italian:

  • Geography
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You're probably thinking 'What? I don't need to know geography, I need to learn italian.' Well, you're wrong because these thing are necessary.

Italy is made up of 20 regions: Valle d'Aosta, Piemonte, Liguria, Lombardia, Trentino-Alto Adige, Veneto, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Emilia Romagna, Toscana, Marche, Umbria, Lazio, Abruzzo, Molise, Campania, Basilicata, Puglia, Calabria, Sicilia and Sardegna.

  • History
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Perhaps you don't know, but before 1861, or before the Unification of Italy, there was no language that all italians could understand. Everyone spoke their dialetto (dialect), that is, the language in each individual region. With the Unity of Italy the problem of a language was resolved and the Florentine 14th century was chosen as Italiano standard for some reasons:

1. Firenze (Florence) was the capital of culture and authors like Dante, Petrarca and Boccaccio used Florentine as a language to write their works

2. Toscana (Tuscany) is a region located in the center of Italy so even the dialetto (dialect) had elements of north's dialects and elements of south's dialects and thus it was more understandable for all.

  • Pronunciation
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For the reasons that I have previously listed, there's not a standard pronunciation of italian but every single region pronounce words in different way. To make it more understandable, think about english as a standard, americans has a pronunciation a little bit different from english and some words are different, or australian is different from american and so on.
In Italy is the same, so it could happened that if you have learn that press in italian is premere, maybe in north like in Milan you hear schiacciare or in Tuscany you hear pigiare but they all mean the same.

'So, what I learned is all wrong?'

No, honey, the italian that is taught at school is what we call italiano standard and is the language we use when we write. It's what you see when you read an italian book and it's what you need to learn to make sure that every italian can understand what you're saying.

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'At the end one feels incomplete and is only young' - Italo Calvino

I'm sorry if this article is a little bit boring but I think it's really useful for those who wants to learn italian. Next week, I'm going to talk about cute things, I promise.
Hope you enjoy and have fun. If you need to ask questions, don't hesitate. I'm here for all the explanation you need.

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