In this post, we’re going to give you some options to practice speaking Italian.
The good news is that you can practice speaking Italian online for free if you follow our tips.
There are also some apps to practice speaking Italian, so we’ll mention the best ones for you.
Let’s get started!
Practice speaking Italian online free
There are some interesting ways to practice speaking Italian online for free.
First of all, you could find a language exchange partner.
For example, if you have an Italian friend, you could ask them to have conversations in Italian via Zoom or Skype.
Of course, it’s always ideal to offer something in exchange. So, if they’re learning English, you could have a language exchange: sometimes you both speak in Italian, some other times in English.
This can work with strangers too. You can take advantage of Facebook groups and ask if someone would be interested in having a language exchange.
Another option would be to record yourself speaking or reading in Italian and listening to yourself.
This way, you’d become more aware of your pronunciation and intonation. And it’s a great option because you won’t feel intimidated at all. You’re your own teacher.
Plus it’s totally free!
Best way to practice speaking Italian
Of course, the best way to practice speaking Italian is by finding a good partner. It might a friend, a stranger, a teacher, a relative, a boyfriend, a girlfriend, or even a group of people.
If they’re Italian native speakers that might be even better.
However, don’t underestimate non-Italian native speakers. In fact, sometimes, people who learned Italian as a second language are more aware of the language rules and can give you more in-depth explanations.
If you get the chance to go to Italy or the Italian-speaking area of Switzerland, we totally recommend going!
That way, you’d be surrounded by Italian speakers, and that’s how you’ll end up picking up the language faster.
Apps to practice speaking Italian
There are also lots of apps to practice speaking Italian.
We recommend Ripeti Con Me. It’s a great option if you want to learn Italian in a natural way. And the price is very reasonable.
With “Ripeti con me!”, you learn Italian intuitively by listening and repeating sentences.
This audio material only uses audio from native speakers and is also excellent to learn Italian in the car.
Pimsleur is probably the best app to learn Italian for a total beginner who wants to learn at a slow, steady pace.
However, Pimsleur products pressure you to recall and participate in an actual exchange.
The great thing about Pimsleur is that it never allows you to become a passive listener but prompts you to speak.
Glossika is another option. It’s an audio course just like Ripeti Con Me. In fact, Ripeti Con Me is an improved version of Glossika for the Italian language.
Glossika builds your speaking confidence at a rapid pace, gets you used to a native voice and challenges you throughout.
This simple task of repeating comprehensible input will solve your problem of having nothing to say.
Glossika isn’t for the very early language beginner – if you’re looking for a starter, try something like Language Hacking books.
Tools + motivation = success
As you can see, there’re lots of ways to learn Italian. So, if you really want to learn Italian, you’ll be able to.
If you find yourself finding excuses not to learn, that means it’s not for you, and it’s ok.
Just be honest with yourself and find your own motivation.
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