Half the fun of an Italian vacation is planning, and nothing will prepare you better than this app!
La donna… buonasera… noi mangiamo una mela.. hey, we’re 5% fluent!
While you can absolutely get around Italy without knowing a lick of the language, you’ll feel more comfortable, be significantly less confused, and the locals will be more appreciative if you do know a few phrases (definitely know ) Plus, what better way to get geared up and excited about your upcoming trip than to fully immerse yourself in the language? You’ll feel amazing after flawlessly ordering a bottle of house wine in the local tongue, or directing your cab driver with gusto. That said, it’s hard to learn the language when you’re not in a class – just reading phrases out of a book doesn’t stick.
The solution? Duolingo!It’s a totally free language-learning app, and you can go from clueless to fluent by just spending 5 minutes a day with fully interactive lessons (or 20 minutes a day if you want to go for “insane” mode!). And let us preface this by saying we are not at all sponsored by Duolingo – just excited about it! We really love the feature of being able to speak into the microphone and get graded on our pronunciation and word choice… it’s like a real class, but fun!
Don’t think you’ll end up committing? Don’t worry, Duolingo will send you casual reminders that it’s time to get your daily lesson on. You’ll be vacation-ready in no time! Once you’re fluent in Italian, you can go on to learn any of the other 20+ languages the app has. And really, when you think about it, what better final exam to your language lessons than to go on a vacation to test what you’ve learned? We’re really just being good students!
Article by The Giadzy Kitchen