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I started studying Italian years ago, and gave up because I am so out of practice. I don't know any native speakers anymore and would like some advice, or perhaps someone who is a native speaker that could help? I could offer English help in return.

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Well Actually I don't know anyone that speak italian, but I'll give you a trick that I used to do when I start learning French, go to skype and search people basing on Italy country or Italian names, once you get accepted you get a native italian speaker who you can practice with :)

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Well Actually I don't know anyone that speak italian, but I'll give you a trick that I used to do when I start learning French, go to skype and search people basing on Italy country or Italian names, once you get accepted you get a native italian speaker who you can practice with :)

Btw, Arabic is such a beautiful language! I wish i could speak it. The writing is absolutely gorgeous as well. I would have never guessed that English wasn't your first language.

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On 19/3/2016 at 0:24 PM, reverserewind said:

Which grammatical tenses do you guys (native speakers) use most of all in daily conversations?

In italian there are really a lot of grammatical tenses actually, more than english, these are the normally used ones:

-To say something that we are doing in this moment we use the tense "Gerundio" and it's the same thing as every verb in "ing" so if someone ask what are you doing, you answer "I'm watching tv" --> "Sto guardando la tv"; "I am cleaning my room"--> "Sto pulendo la mia stanza"

-To describe an intenction to do something we use present simple (for something that i will do in the same day) and simple future: About present simple: "Today i will do this"--> "Oggi faccio questo", normally we don't say the same thing for tomorrow and the other future days, for them we use the simple future: "Tomorrow i will go at work"---> "Domani andrò al lavoro"
- We use present simple in some occasions to describe something in the past, we call it "Storic present" (Presente storico) because we use a present tense to describe a situation that happened in the past: if i want to describe a situation happened yesterday (normally to recount a long situation) in english is "Yesterday this happened to me: i was going to my friend's house, i was walking and i saw a cat in the street that jumped on me" in Italian you can say "Ieri mi è successo questo: sto andando a casa di un amico, cammino per strada, vedo un gatto che mi salta addosso"

- About other past things we use most of all the "Passato prossimo" that is used for something that happened in a near past (yesterday, some days ago, even last year) "Ho chiamato mia madre ieri"--> "I called my mom yesterday"; "L'anno scorso ho visitato la Germania--> "Last year i visited Germany". For something happened years ago we use normally the "Passato Remoto": "Andai a Napoli qualche anno fa"---> "I went to Naples some years ago". PS. The fact that we have a lot of different pasts imply that we don't have to specify always when something happened, because the tense itself says how long ago the fact happened.

Other grammatical tenses that we use daily are the "Congiuntivo" and "Condizionale", since these 2 are more long and difficult to explain i suggest you to watch some sytes about it, but if you don't understand something ask me anyway :) 

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Skype is a REALLY good suggestion! The library that I use has a website that includes (for free) language courses. That's how I started learning Hebrew. You might check out your own local library and see if they have something similar.

 

When I am really stumped for how to pronounce a certain phrase, I can usually find it on YouTube. Ciao!

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Well I had a lot of fun learning Italian.  Of course, it was all finalized by going on a trip to Italy, so I am pretty sure that would make anyone's experience better than average.  It was pretty difficult, though, and although it was somewhat similar to Spanish, which I have had more experience with, a lot of the differences kept catching up to me and I ended up confusing myself a lot.  Like anything, it takes time and practice, but it certainly is a beautiful language to learn.

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On 21/7/2016 at 1:39 PM, reverserewind said:

Is it true that Italian speakers can easily get what Spanish people say but can't talk to them? I've heard that numerous times. What do you think?

I have 2 friends who Speak spanish (both sudamerican) so fast that i can't always understand what they are talking about, but if someone speaks not really fast or when i read i can understand. There are a lot of similar words (but i have to be careful when there are "false friends words" :D) and the grammar is almost the same so for me would be easier to learn Spanish rather than Chinese.

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On 11/4/2015 at 5:08 AM, Mameha said:

Hello, my native language is Italian, i can help you if you want

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