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4 Reasons Why Italian Slang Words Will Make You Fluent

Learn 4 honest reasons you need Italian slang words and why they are so vital to truly learning and mastering the language.

Teachers may normally cringe at the thought of their students learning Italian slang words. After all, slang words and phrases are typically defined as being grammatically incorrect. So why would your teacher want you to spend time learning the “wrong way” to speak Italian? Here are 4 of the top reasons why you should study slang words and expressions when learning Italian or any new language.

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1. Native Speakers Use Slang Expressions in Everyday Conversation

If you are going to study a foreign language and plan to use it to speak with native speakers, then you have to learn slang words and expressions. Otherwise, just using formal expressions and grammar may alienate you from native speakers and make it more difficult to establish a real connection. So it is best to at least learn some common slang words and expressions if you’re planning to meet or speak socially with someone.

2. Slang Words Are Used All Throughout Italian Culture

If you turn on any popular Italian TV show, listen to any song, or watch any movie, you are quickly going to see the value of learning Italian slang phrases. Just like everyday conversations between native speakers, Italian culture is filled with slang phrases and expressions. Without at least some knowledge of the more common slang phrases, popular culture and most conversations will be very confusing and potentially alienating.

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3. Slang Expressions Help You Better Express Your True Thoughts and Feelings

Only relying on formal grammar and vocabulary is very limiting, especially in social situations. Just like in your native language, using the appropriate Italian slang words can help you express a broader range of emotions, thoughts, and feelings.

4. Proper Use of Slang Makes You Sound More Natural

We’ve all met foreigners who technically used formal language perfectly but still sounded odd and well….foreign. But when you use the right slang words and expressions, you will sound more natural and like a true native speaker. If you notice, even most politicians include a sprinkling of slang expressions and words throughout their speeches to help them sound more natural and to better connect with the audience.

The Dark Side of Slang Expressions

Learning Italian slang words can indeed help you sound more natural, better understand the people and culture, and make integration much easier. However, there is a dark side: using the wrong slang expressions can also make you look foolish, uneducated, and potentially disrespectful.

But how do you know which slang words or phrases to use and when?

The truth is that you can’t learn the most modern and appropriate slang words in textbooks or formal classroom settings. By the time the information gets incorporated into a formal curriculum, it’s already outdated and no longer in use by actual Italian people. And while you can learn current slang expressions from Italian TV shows, movies, songs, and games, you may not understand the context. If that happens, you may use the right Italian slang words but in the wrong situation and still look like a fool or possibly even offend someone.

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So where can you learn current slang expressions and the right context in which to use them?

At ItalianPod101, native speaking instructors create audio and video lessons that can include slang expressions and words. Our instructors provide context and examples for all the Italian slang words used in any lesson to make sure students understand the right time and place to use them.

Italian slang words and expressions may be grammatically incorrect but they are vital to truly understanding and immersing yourself in the culture. In fact, it will be very difficult to fully understand any movie, TV show, song, game, or even 1-on-1 conversation without knowing a few of the more common slang expressions.

However, it is important to learn the proper context and use of even popular slang expressions or you may come across as confusing, disrespectful, or uneducated.
At ItalianPod101, you’ll learn how to use slang phrases and words to draw the right attention and avoid these problems.

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    Top 20 Italian Words and Phrases you need to survive the Apocalypse

    Zombies are coming, and they speak Italian! Do you have what it takes to survive? No?
    How lucky you are, we have exactly what you need. Here is the Top 20 Words and Phrases you need to survive this Apocalypse!

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    infezione (n)
    infection

    spaventoso (adj)
    scary

    teschio (n)
    skull

    tomba (n)
    grave

    Qual è il tuo film di zombi preferito??
    What’s your favorite zombie movie?

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    apocalisse (n)
    apocalypse

    alzarsi dalla tomba.
    rise from the grave

    Zombi! Correte!
    Zombies! Run!

    Se ci fosse un attacco di zombi, dove andresti?
    If there was a zombie attack, where would you go?

    soprannaturale (adj)
    supernatural

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    scorta alimentare (n)
    food supply

    morti che camminano
    walking dead

    pelle d’oca(n)
    goose bumps

    immaginazione (n)
    imagination

    cultura pop (n)
    pop culture

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    acqua dolce (n)
    fresh water

    cadavere (n)
    corpse

    raccapricciante (adj)
    gruesome

    nascondersi (v)
    hide

    cimitero (n)
    graveyard

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    Stuck in traffic? Losing time in your car? Have you ever felt that in all this wasted time, you could have watched the 750 episodes of One Piece, finished the last Super Mario ten times, or even better…you could have learned Italian? Between family, friends and work, in addition to this time-consuming commute, it can become difficult to find time to properly learn Italian.

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    You can learn Italian in your car, hands free
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    Listening to Italian audio content in the car is a good way to learn
    This is because it is a fun and efficient way to learn. With ItalianPod101.com podcasts, you will be able to discover Italian culture through topics about everyday life. Instead of the radio, listen to a Italian podcast adapted to your level, from Absolute Beginner to Advanced, and you will make progress sooner that you would expect!

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    You can listen to Italian music in the car
    Did you know that you can learn Italian by singing while driving? Listen to songs from cartoon or drama and try to identify some words you learned.

    Challenge yourself! Use the Italian you’ve studied up to this point and see how much you understand! Making the jump to real-life Italian is a scary one, but friendly children’s songs are a great place to start!

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    You can learn through repetition with your passengers
    If there are passengers in the car, it can be more stimulating to learn together. You can set a role play with Italian dialogues. With ItalianPod101.com, you can download all the lessons transcript including the dialogues, as a PDF. Print it out and have some fun speaking in Italian!

    One of the passengers can answer the quiz available on each of our lessons, while another can correct that person. Listening to someone at a more advanced level of Italian or a better accent is positive and helps you improve.

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    If you don’t have a car and commute by another method, these tips are still valid! Learning Italian is no longer limited to the classroom or your house; there are so many benefits to learning in your car or elsewhere. Reaching a conversational level will take you less time than you could ever have imagined! Don’t forget to sign up for your Free Lifetime Account and enjoy our content!

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    10 Monthly Goals to become fluent in Italian

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    Hey Italian Learner!

    Shortcuts for learning and tips to remember Italian words are useful but it’s even also important to fix objectives to reach every month! What Is Your Language Learning Goal for the Month?
    In your journey to become fluent and conversational here are 10 monthly goals you can go after!

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    1) I’ll finish Survival Phrases series on ItalianPod101.com by listening to two lesson a day.

    2) I’ll give a 3 minute introductory speech in Italian to my Italian friends.

    3) I’ll finish reading one Italian book by reading 10 pages a day.

    4) I’ll pass my Italian test.

    5) I’ll write 10 postcards in Italian to my Italian friends.

    6) I’ll memorize 5 Italian songs.

    7) I’ll finish memorizing 350 words with Flashcards on ItalianPod101.com.

    8 ) I’ll fully understand one Italian movie by watching it every day.

    9) I’ll learn how to talk about past, present and future events.

    10) I’ll master 150 words by memorizing 5 words a day.

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    How to be a Good Lover in Italy

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    Ti amo.
    I love you.

    Sei così importante per me.
    You mean so much to me.

    Vuoi essere il mio Valentino?
    Will you be my Valentine?

    Sei così bella.
    You’re so beautiful.

    Penso a te come a più di un amico.
    I think of you as more than a friend.

    Un centinaio di cuori sarebbero troppo pochi per racchiudere tutto il mio amore per te.
    A hundred hearts would be too few to carry all my love for you.

    L’amore è solo amore. Non può mai essere spiegato.
    Love is just love. It can never be explained.

    Sei così bello.
    You’re so handsome.

    Ho una cotta per te.
    I’ve got a crush on you.

    Mi fai venire voglia di essere un uomo migliore.
    You make me want to be a better man.

    Lasciate che tutte le vostre cose siano fatte con amore.
    Let all that you do be done in love.

    Tu sei il mio sole, il mio amore.
    You are my sunshine, my love.

    Siamo fatti per stare insieme.
    We were meant to be together.

    Se stavate pensando a qualcuno durante la lettura, siete sicuramente innamorati.
    If you were thinking about someone while reading this, you’re definitely in love.

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    Top 15 tips to remember words when learning Italian

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    Hey Italian learner!

    We recently gave you some shortcuts to learn Italian.
    In your journey to become fluent and conversational in less time that is needed to say “Gotta catch ‘em all”, we will this time give you the Top 15 tips to remember words!

    1. Use repetition: reading, writing and speaking words over and over again.

    2. Associate words with drawings, pictures and funny scenes.

    3. Try to use the language routinely in the context of daily life.

    4. Reading as much as possible, especially the newspaper, helps you to remember words.

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    5. Learn about the roots of words and how different words are related to each other.

    6. Speak as often as possible with native speakers.

    7. Categorize new words with other related words that you already know.

    8. Be persistent in practicing everyday by talking to your family or your dog, even though they don’t understand you.

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    9. Say words out loud so that you can actually hear them.

    10. Associate new words with words that sound similar in your native language.

    11. Listen to songs and memorize the lyrics.

    12. Often watch TV or YouTube videos that are designed for young children.

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    13. Associate new words with stories, games or movies.

    14. Try to use the new word in a simple sentence so you learn whole phrases, not just individual words.

    15. Try to think in Italian, so it becomes natural to your thought process.

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    The Top 5 Shortcuts To Learning Italian!

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    Hey Listeners!

    So you’ve decided to study Italian, now what?

    Chances are you’re looking to become fluent and conversational as fast as possible, right? Well then, look no further! This is the list for you!

    Without further ado, here are the top 5 shortcuts to learning Italian!

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    1. Create A Study Schedule And Set Some Goals:
    This one may seem obvious, but you’d be surprised how many unorganized language learners there are in the world! Creating a schedule allows you to manage your time wisely, enabling you to free up time to study consistently. Goals are also a key component of learning Italian. These give you motivation and something to strive for.

    2. Make It Fun:
    You may roll your eyes at this one, but it’s true! If you learn how to make your study time enjoyable, chances are you’ll be more inclined to study! Try changing it up every now and then with something new. Watch a TV show in Italian or listen to some Italian music! The sky is the limit!

    3. Find A Language Partner:
    This is one surefire way to improve your conversational skills. Having a language partner allows you to practice your target language in a conversational manner. This will help you gain fluency even faster!

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    4. Use Word Lists To Build Up A Solid Vocabulary:
    This is a great way to build up your fluency, one word at a time. At ItalianPod101, you can use one of our many word lists. Choose whichever topic you want to study and go!

    5. Make Mistakes:
    Lastly, don’t be afraid to make mistakes! In fact, make a lot of them! Nothing helps you improve more than correcting your own errors. If you catch yourself saying something wrong, you’re likely to remember it the next time around. So just remember, everyone makes mistakes! Learn from them!

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    Again, there is no magical, overnight way to learn Italian. However, doing a few or all of these will help you out substantially. And remember, if you’re really interested in getting on the fast-track to fluency, sign up for a FREE lifetime account at ItalianPod101.com now!