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About Learning Italian
The Italian Way of Speaking: Communication through Gestures
Every country has habits and distinct cultural elements that make it unique. It is these features that become a way to identify and differentiate cultures. Where Italy is concerned, cultural behavior varies based on territory. Italians are quite famous for being effusive talkers that use hand gestures to underline most statements, but even these can change depending on which part of the country we are in: accent, tone of voice and gestures can all vary depending on which part of Italy you're visiting.
Italian Gestures & History
Helpful Italian Words to Know for Greetings
"Buon Giorno" is the proper way to greet someone in the morning. Usually used until the late morning hours and not after Noon.
Have a Good Day
"Buona Giornata" is what Italians say when they wish each other a good day.
"Buona Sera" is the way to say good evening. Even at very late hours the greeting remains "buona sera."
"Buona Notte" is exclusively used at night and always as a "leaving" greeting and never as an introduction.
Italians are said to be very passionate and as such very expressive in their speech. The first thing you notice when you arrive in the Eternal City is the spontaneous use of exclamations by everyone from toddlers to the elderly. If you head to other parts of Italy you'll discover that exclamations vary from region to region, just like the numerous dialects and accents of the Italian language. After almost a year in Italy, even when I talked to a Polish person I couldn't help but react spontaneously with Italian phrases such as 'ma dai!?' for disbelief, 'boh...' for feeling undecided or 'ahia!!!' when hurt.
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The silence was killing me. I was mute, and it wasn't for lack of want. I found myself walking the streets of Milan not being able to greet anybody, or make sense of even a signpost, and it was beyond entertainingly humorous. My previous experience with the Italian language was non-existent. I had heard 'ciao' but didn't know if it was 'hello' or 'goodbye', and I had some inclination that 'grazie' could be a useful word. But beyond that, my ignorance was obvious.
It takes a metro ride to learn the Italian language...
Italy is like a magnet that attracts people from all walks of life and backgrounds. It appeals to young and to those who already found their places in life. At different stages in their lives and for different reasons people just fall in love with it. I wasn’t an exception when at the age of 6 in the cold and snowy Russian city of Yekaterinburg I discovered Italian opera and Italian language. I was captivated by it. It was just amazingly beautiful to me.
Many years later I rode a metro to the center of Washington DC. A man who sat across from me passed me a free newspaper. There was an advertisement for Italian language classes at Casa Italiana. The feelings that I had as a little girl listening to an Italian Opera came flooding back. Honestly I never thought of studying Italian but suddenly the idea crossed my mind. My second thought was why didn’t I think about it before.
Italian Language Lessons online with Arnaldo
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The History of the Italian Language
The Language spread not just through Italy
Italian is considered one of the most romantic and melodic languages in the history of the world. It is one of the more desirable languages to learn, and people from all around the world strive to master this enchanting tongue. The history of the Italian language actually illustrates the history of Italy itself, as well as the ultimate unification of the Italian people.
Studying Italian when not in Italy
For those who cannot afford to travel to Italy to learn the Italian language there are several options available to start your study. Whether you want to brush up on conversational Italian before a trip, or desire to become completely fluent there are tools ranging from language classes, Italian movies, software, streaming television and radio to websites and online networks dedicated to Italian. Besides the tools listed below there are countless Italian phrasebooks and dictionaries - both great resources for last minute translations while in Italy.