I say this in many of my posts on other languages, but if you want to know how to learn Italian fast, one easy trick is to start with cognates. Thanks to its Latin and Italian sources, English language has lot of similarities with Italian. These similarities are called cognates, have same or similar spelling of Italian words. We will divide cognates in groups. If you want to know how to learn Italian fast, try picking up the following rules for Italian – English cognates.
- Words that are different due to the final letter (missing the vowel in English)
- Words ending in –ale in Italian and in –al in English
- Words ending in –bile in Italian and in –ble in English
- Words ending in –ente/-ante in Italian and in –ent/-ant in English
- Words ending with different vowel
- Words ending in -zione in Italian and in –tion in English
- Words ending in -tà in Italian and in –ty in English
- Words ending in -oso in Italian and in –ous in English
- Words eding in -ismo in Italian and end in –ism in English
- Words ending in in –bile in Italian and end in –ble in English
Was that a bit too abstract? Here are some examples to illustrate Italian and English cognates. Like I said, if you want to know how to learn Italian fast, picking up on cognates is the way to go.