What Should I Know About This Dive?
Congrats! You are thinking about pursuing (or continuing your pursuit of) Italian! Awesome you!
Italian is the official language in Italy, and also in the Canton of Ticino in Switzerland. In Switzerland, it is also the first language in the districts of Moesa and Bernina in Canton Graubünden. It is also the official language of San Marino and Vatican City! Finally, Italian has an official minority status in western Istria (Croatia and Slovenia).
Italian is arguably the prettiest language in the world to learn, to speak, and to listen to. One of the nicest things about Italian is that unlike many languages (English and French, for example), in Italian, every word is pronounced exactly as it is written, and is written exactly as it sounds. Once you learn the basics of pronunciation, you will be able to read and write and say and understand any words you hear. You may not know the meaning, but you'll be able to understand the words before you--and that is half the battle!
We are proud to share with you this completely free online compendium of resources to help you get started with, improve, and ultimately master the Italian language.
To that end, on the pages to come, you will find a bunch of truly helpful Italian language resources, each answering a key question you need the answer to. We also provide a list of resources, broken down by level: beginner, intermediate, and advanced, to ensure you get the support you need, no matter at what level you may find yourself.
Where do the resources come from? Our members and staff. We individually screen every resource prior to posting to ensure high quality, and to verify the authenticity of each. If it's listed, it means a) one of our Break Diving members has used the resource and highly recommends it, and b) the listed resource has in some way supported the growth of Break Diving and believes in our mission (or at the very least, has not actively refused to support our mission). You can trust that each resource we list is legitimate, and has our Break Diving seal of approval. If you have any issues with any of the resources listed, please reach out and let us know!
That all being said, it's time to take a deep dive into Italian. Ready?