To speak and understand Italian, you’ll need to know lots of vocabulary. Follow the links below to access our Italian vocabulary lessons at each level.
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Level A1- Beginner
School and Studying
More Italian Verbs
Telling the Time
Health & Illnesses
Prepositions of Place
Tastes of Italy
Verbs and Nouns for Cooking
Home and Contents
Have your seen our e-book/audio package? Italian Workout! A1
Have your seen our e-book/audio package? Italian Workout! B1
B2 – Intermediate
Other useful words
Italian Political System
Books (2): Literary Genres
Other adjectives and verbs
Entertainment: Theatre and Opera
Some common expression
It’s easier to remember the meaning of the Italian words you see than it is to translate from English (or your native language) into Italian.
So start by trying to remember the meaning of the Italian word: “uno, due, tre”
Then later, try to remember how to say them in Italian (“one, two, three” in Italian is….?)
It’s a lot easier than you think to learn Italian vocabulary WITHOUT writing a translation, especially when they come in predictable sets, such as “gennaio, febbraio, marzo, aprile, …” The sooner you can stop writing translations, the better, because they can be very misleading at times!
Remembering Italian vocabulary in context is easier than remembering lists of new words. For example:
“Ho comprato il giornale dal giornalaio. Mi piace la Repubblica.”
Don’t neglect the pronunciation of Italian vocabulary, either. It’s important to know what new words sound like and how to physically say them! You could try writing them down in syllables: gior-na-le, gior-na-lai-o
And it’s useful to know which syllable is stressed: gior-NA-le, gior-na-LA-io
But above all, be sure to revise regularly. Unless you are superhuman, what you study today will fade from your mind within a day or two. So to make best use of your time, review the Italian vocabulary you have studied a day or so later, then perhaps again at the end of the week.