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Is Italian Hard To Learn? No, Learn Italian Vocabulary!

Is Italian hard to learn? This is a big question! Actually this is a question that everyone makes before starting to learn Italian. I think that it is not hard to learn Italian and that on the contrary it is a great – interesting – challenge. There are many ways of learning Italian and today I would like to focus on the best way to learn Italian vocabulary. What I suggest is always reflecting over the language and proceeding with comparisons over the words. It makes the act to learn Italian vocabulary fun and pleasant. Consider some examples.

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Words that change only for a letter

Is Italian hard to learn

PAZZO

“Crazy”

PEZZO

“Piece”

PIZZO

“Lace”

POZZO

“Well”

PUZZO

“Bad smell”

 
The same works if the word ends with “A”.

PAZZA

“Crazy”

PEZZA

“Swatch”

PIZZA

“Pizza”

POZZA

“Puddle”

PUZZA

“Bad smell”

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Words that change only the last letter

LAST LETTER “O”LAST LETTER “A”
VISTO

“Visa”

VISTA

“View”

GNOCCO

“A kind of pasta”

GNOCCA

“Beautiful Girl”

PORTO

“Port”

PORTA

“Door”

BANCO

“Desk”

BANCA

“Bank”

PRIMO

“First”

PRIMA

“Before”

CASO

“Case”

CASA

“House”

MOSTRO

“Monster”

MOSTRA

“Exhibition”

PUNTO

“Fullstop”

PUNTA

“Tip”

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Words that change the meaning only for an accent

ACCENT ON DIFFERENT SYLLABLE
AN CO RA

“Anchor”

AN CO RA

“Still” or “Yet”

PRIN CI PI

“Princes”

PRIN CI PI

“Principles”

LEGGE RE

“To read”

LEG GE RE

“Light things”

PERO

“Pear Tree”

 PERO’

“But”

IMPA RI

“Unequal”

IM PA RI

“You learn”

Here you find a complete list of Italian Homographs: words that are spelt in the same way but with different meaning.

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Words that change only for a consonant (double or not)

ONE CONSONANTDOUBLE CONSONANTS
SeTe

“Thirst”

 SeTTe

“Seven”

CaMino

“Chimney”

CaMMino

“Walk”

PaPa

“Pope”

 PaPPa

“Baby food”

RiSa

“Laugh”

 RiSSa

“Scuffle”

PaLa

“Shovel”

PaLLa

“Ball”

To learn more about the Italian Double Consonants, check this post.

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Is Italian hard to learn? No, learn Italian vocabulary!

For finishing, make this little exercise for checking what you have learnt! 😉

Learn Italian Vocabulary

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Strange Italian Consonants

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