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The advantages of learning italian online

Who hasn't wanted to travel to Italy? It is the country with the most UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Its history, its art, its culture and... its language are the foundation of many of today's societies. A beautiful country with major art capitals such as Florence, Venice and Rome, which are the home of creativity and great historical figures.

What do you need to enjoy the art that surrounds Italy? You need to know the language. Italian is the fourth most studied language in the world and knowing it will help us to better understand its culture and its way of life. It is also one of the most beautiful languages, and it is considered that the beauty of Italian lies in its melodic and soft tone. The fact that it is so similar to Latin makes it easy to learn, especially for speakers of Romance languages.

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Reasons to study Italian online

Italian culture is the most influential in most areas. Architecture, painting, sculpture, literature and even gastronomy. But to better understand the concepts of all these areas of art, you need to learn Italian. If we talk about gastronomy, maybe you don't understand why you have to learn a new language to eat a plate of pasta, do you? When you learn Italian, you will be surprised to discover the meaning of some of its dishes such as "spaghetti arrabbiata" which literally means "angry spaghetti", or "casu martzu" which means "rotten cheese".

Do you need more reasons to learn Italian? Here they are:

  • Pronunciation is simple: Italian pronunciation is simpler than Spanish or French. The pronunciation is faithful to the writing, unlike the other languages mentioned above.
  • You will understand English better: English contains many words of Latin origin, so it will be easier to differentiate between the lexicon of Germanic and Latin origin
  • Non-verbal language: The Italian language would not be complete without gestures, which are often a source of entertainment for others. The best way to pay attention to gestures is to talk to a native speaker
  • Culture: imagine reading a Federico Moccia novel in its original version, or listening to a song by your favourite singer and understanding what he is saying. Moreover, you will be able to watch all Italian films in the original language

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  • For travelling: you can immerse yourself in the reality of the country  you are visiting. You can talk with the locals and feel part of their traditions. You can make friends for life
  • It's very easy: If you know Spanish, Italian is very easy to learn. The grammar of both languages is very similar and so is the vocabulary
  • Our cultures are similar: the humour, the music, the climate, the relationships... these are some of the similar traits that our cultures have and that make us closer

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Italian language curiosities

Italian is a fascinating language, but I'm sure you've never wondered how it came about. Italy is a very peculiar country, with a great history behind it that has made it one of the most visited countries in the world. If you want to find out what makes the Italian language and society so special, you should read the facts below:

  • The Italian alphabet has only 21 letters: we can say that they are a people who like simple things. Their alphabet is derived from the Latin alphabet and is the closest to this dead language. It shares all its letters with the English alphabet, but the Italian alphabet uses a system of accents, and they are not pronounced in the same way. In addition, the letters j, k, w, x, y are not found in its alphabet.
  • In 1861 Italian became an official language: at the beginning of that year, the unification of Italy was declared and a standard Italian language began to emerge. At the time, it was such a little-known language that it was spoken by less than 3-5% of the population of the recently unified country. Although numerous dialects existed, the Italian writer Dante and the linguist Petrarch opened the way for Tuscan to become the national language of Italy.
  • More than 85 million people in the world speak Italian: obviously, Italian cannot compete with English or Mandarin Chinese, but it is one of the most influential languages in the world. Italian is the mother tongue of some 65 million speakers living in Europe, and the second language of another 15 million people. As well as being the national language of Italy, Italian is one of the official languages of Switzerland, San Marino, the Vatican and the Croatian peninsula of Istria, and is spoken by more than 85 million people worldwide.
  • It is the 5th most studied language in the USA: almost all US students learn a language during their high school years. For more than a century, Italian was a widely used language in America, thanks to the many large-scale migrations of the late 19th century. Today, almost 700,000 Americans speak Italian, and most of them are living in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and San Francisco, among other cities.

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  • The longest Italian word has 30 letters: "psiconeuroendocrinoimmunologia" is the longest word in the Italian dictionary, with 30 letters and 13 syllables. The term is expressed by the acronym PNEI and refers to the study of the nervous, immune and endocrine systems. 
  • Italian is the official language of classical music: if you play an instrument or you are keen on music, you have probably seen classical music scores with expressions such as crescendo, soprano, alto or tempo. All these words have their origin in Italy.  This phenomenon is largely due to the popularisation of Italian musical notation during the Renaissance and Baroque periods.
  • Italian dialects are very different from each other: There are many dialects in Italy, but standard Italian is based on Tuscan. Interestingly, the great variety of Italy's languages developed independently of Latin. For centuries, until 1861, Italy was divided into several different states that were under foreign domination, and each of them had its own regional language that coexisted with standard Italian.
  • The earliest text in Italian is over 1,000 years old: The earliest texts in Italian date from 960-963. They are four declarations under oath known as Placiti Cassinesi, in which the ownership of a territory is disputed between monasteries in southern Italy located near the city of Capua, in the Campania region.
  • Italian is standardized thanks to Dante Alighieri: Dante was the father of modern Italian. During the late Middle Ages, most poetry and literature was written in Latin, but Dante is famous for writing the epic poem The Divine Comedy in Tuscan dialect. He left an indelible mark on the language, and helped Tuscan Italian become the basis of the language spoken today.

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Recommendations for learning Italian online

Learning a language is easy when you are clear about your reasons and know what your goal is. When you know what you want, everything flows and it is much easier. Italian is a language that is very similar to Spanish, but that doesn't mean that we can understand everything at the first time. It is important to study Italian and, to make it easier, we give you some tips so that you can learn in the most entertaining way.

  • Know why you are doing it: you need a good reason to start studying Italian, if you don't have one, you may find it hard to learn and end up dropping out. Wanting to study in Italy, or meeting an Italian in your own language, are good reasons.
  • Find someone who wants to learn with you: everything is easier if there is someone who does it with you. If you find that person, you will certainly always be motivated and you will help each other. Moreover, a learning partner gives you the options to continue practising Italian even in your free time, as you can continue exchanging vocabulary and practising conversation.
  • Talk to yourself: yes, you read that right. We don't mean go crazy, but a good trick is to try to think in Italian or express yourself in Italian. If you write a diary, do it in Italian.

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  • Your learning is important: even if you learn Italian as a hobby, never put it aside. If you see it as something secondary, you are likely to gradually put it aside in favour of other activities.
  • Learning is fun: Think of some fun ways to practice your new language: Write poems, make vocabulary cards and hide them around the house, tag objects in your school or office, play a game with a friend, or just talk to anyone you want.
  • Get out of your comfort zone: To show what you've learned and to keep learning, you have to get out of your comfort zone. Don't be afraid to dive into Italian, speak it, read it, get it wrong as often as necessary, but never stop learning something new!

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Online Italian lessons

Online lessons are without a doubt the best way to learn a language. And to enjoy the best lessons, there is no better platform than Classgap. Sign up and discover all the advantages and tools that the online lessons platform has to offer. Finding your ideal tutor has never been easier.

Do you want to know how Classgap works? It's very easy to use, just follow these steps:

How it works

  • Once you have registered, you will be able to access the Italian teachers' grid.
  • Use  filters to select what you are most interested in: if you want a native speaker or not, the price you want to pay, the timetable you want...
  • Once you have found the one you like best, you can book the class. Many teachers have a 20-minute free trial, so take advantage of this and introduce them to your objectives to see if they are the right person to help you achieve them.
  • When the class starts, you will have the option of accessing the virtual classroom. There you will find all kinds of tools to make your online classes complete. The virtual whiteboard, chat, the option to share documents, links or files...
  • Once the class is over, you will be able to leave a comment about the class,  you will help other users who are interested in the same teacher.

On our platform, we have integrated all the features and tools you need for your online tutoring into the virtual classroom: 

  • You can share your screen during video calls to have a visual support during the whole class to facilitate learning.
  • The teacher can share documents, presentations, Excel, etc. with you. 
  • You can use the virtual whiteboard to explain those concepts that are not quite clear.
  • It includes a link option to share audio files, videos and YouTube links. 
  • The built-in chat will facilitate communication between the two of you from within the platform.
  • If you need anything or have any doubt, you can access the Help or Customer Service section and we will try to solve it.

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