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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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    How to Learn Italian in Your Car?

    How to Learn Italian in Your Car? Learn language in car

    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.

    Fortunately, every problem has a solution, and what could be a better solution than turning that commute time into learning time? Stop passing the time mindlessly listening to the radio and try some of our best tips for mastering Italian in your car!

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    You can learn Italian in your car, hands free
    While driving, it’s important that you keep your focus on the road, so this is why our top tips won’t require you to use your hands!

    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 alone in your car
    When you’re driving alone, you can be as loud as you want – there is nothing better for remembering your Italian lessons than repeating loudly, again and again. Next time you see a driver who seems to be talking alone, you will know he or she is just learning Italian!

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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.

    You can learn Italian offline
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    You can learn every day at your own pace
    One of the best approaches for learning a language is little by little and often. It’s not efficient to take in a huge amount of information at one time. What you need is to study on a regular basis – a little bit of Italian every day. You commute several days a week, and that is all time you can take advantage of!

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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!

    10 Monthly Goals to become fluent in Italian

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    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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    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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    3 Tactics For Boosting Your Italian Listening Skills at ItalianPod101

    3 Tactics For Boosting Your Listening Skills

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    When it comes to listening to and understanding Italian, most beginners struggle. They hear the few words they know. And the rest just fly in one ear and out the other. Does this happen to you too?

    In this post, you’re going to learn about 3 tactics that are guaranteed to sharpen your listening comprehension skills!

    1. Try Our Listening Comprehension Series

    Try Our Listening Comprehension Series!

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    This is a complete lesson series dedicated purely to testing and improving your listening skills. You can find all of the videos from this series in the “Bonus Video Lessons” section of our site! In the video lesson, you’ll hear a dialogue in your target language. Then, you’ll be asked to answer a question about the dialogue to check if you understood the sentences. There are no translations except for the subtitles, so everything you hear is in your target language!

    2. Review The Dialogue Again And Again

    Review The Dialogue Again And Again!

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    Most learners listen to a listen and simply move on, but by reviewing it again, you make sure that you fully understand what you hear. The key to fully understanding a dialogue is to review it over and over again. With our audio lessons, you get the dialogue track so you can listen to the conversation without distractions.

    3. Read Along With Our Line-By-Line Feature

    Read Along With Our Line-By-Line Feature!

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    5 Ways To Improve Your Italian Speaking Skills

    5 Ways To Improve Your Italian Speaking Skills

    Speaking is usually the #1 weakness for all Italian learners. This is a common issue among language learners everywhere. The reason for this is obvious: When language learners first start learning a language, they usually start with reading. They read online articles, books, information on apps and so on. If they take a class, they spend 20% of their time repeating words, and 80% of the time reading the textbook, doing homework or just listening to a teacher. So, if you spend most of your time reading instead of speaking, you might get better at reading but your speaking skills never grow. You get better at what you focus on.

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    1. Read out loud
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    Read out loud!

    2. Prepare things to say ahead of time.
    As you may know from experience, most learners run out of things to say. But, if you prepare lines ahead of time, you won’t be at a loss for words in conversations. This will help you not only to learn how to say the words, but how to say them in the right context. A good way to prepare yourself before conversations is with our Top 25 Questions Series, which teaches you how to ask the most common conversational questions, and how to answer them, in Italian:

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    3. Use shadowing (repeat the dialogues as you hear them).
    Shadowing is an extremely useful tool for increasing fluency as well as improving your accent and ability to be understood. Shadowing helps create all the neural connections in your brain to produce those words and sentences quickly and accurately without having to think about it. Also, as mentioned in tip #1, shadowing helps develop the muscle memory in all the physical parts responsible for the production of those sounds. Depending on what your primary and target languages are, it’s quite likely that there are a lot of sounds your mouth just isn’t used to producing. Shadowing can be done, for example, when watching TV shows or movies or listening to music.

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    4. Review again and again.
    This is the key to perfection, and we can’t emphasize it enough. Most learners don’t review! If you review and repeat lines again and again, you’ll be speaking better, faster and with more confidence.

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    5. DON’T BE AFRAID TO MAKE MISTAKES!
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