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Old 05-15-2007, 02:10 PM   #1
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Default Any Italian speakers here?

well one week into my 3 language crash course and I am beginning to get the handle of basic Italian grammar and language structure.


Come va? you may ask?


Non parlo bene l'italiano (I do not speak Italian well)



anyway, my question is how do I develop an Italian accent? much of it sounds like a heavier Spanish accent and I am having a hard time from stopping my pronounciation from becoming a kind of Spanish accent.




and yes I know there are language forums elsewhere, and I am headed there now but... who knows maybe ISH has someone resourceful about this kind of thing?
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Old 05-15-2007, 02:13 PM   #2
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no help here i speak french if you need any help on that thoough.and a basketball messageboard might not be the best place to learn.
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Old 05-15-2007, 02:43 PM   #3
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not me i'm spanish speaker but kobe speaks fluent italian...
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Old 05-15-2007, 03:12 PM   #4
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well one week into my 3 language crash course and I am beginning to get the handle of basic Italian grammar and language structure.


Come va? you may ask?


Non parlo bene l'italiano (I do not speak Italian well)



anyway, my question is how do I develop an Italian accent? much of it sounds like a heavier Spanish accent and I am having a hard time from stopping my pronounciation from becoming a kind of Spanish accent.




and yes I know there are language forums elsewhere, and I am headed there now but... who knows maybe ISH has someone resourceful about this kind of thing?


A few days in my chaotic Italian hosuehold an you'll be 15 pounds heavier and fully able to conduct a fluent convo with any old school tomato growing wopper in no time. The way the accent is spoken is actually very difficult to describe or convert into words but my advice to you is to study the way your teachers pronounciates his/her words or just rent a classic Italian film...
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Old 05-15-2007, 03:56 PM   #5
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A few days in my chaotic Italian hosuehold an you'll be 15 pounds heavier and fully able to conduct a fluent convo with any old school tomato growing wopper in no time. The way the accent is spoken is actually very difficult to describe or convert into words but my advice to you is to study the way your teachers pronounciates his/her words or just rent a classic Italian film...


any film in particular you recommend? something entertaining perhaps?
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Old 05-15-2007, 04:05 PM   #6
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any film in particular you recommend? something entertaining perhaps?

I haven't personally seen it myself but a few people I know have recommended to me in the past "Life is Beautiful / Vita bella, La"...
Its a comedy directed by famous Italain actor Roberto Benigni and its acutally very relevant and more modern then many of the other Italian classics. It won an Academy for best foreign film in 97 or 98 and it provides english substitles which is key & obviously very friggin helpfull...

Give it a look if you want man...
Heres the link
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0118799/
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Old 05-15-2007, 04:07 PM   #7
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Default Re: Any Italian speakers here?

I think as with any language you just need to practice a lot and get used to talking in that particula language.
I don't think there's really any other method than listening to people talk in that language and then talk yourself.

You may also need some talent though but that I'm not sure about. I used to get good grades because I have a "soft accent" so I could with no trouble adjust to a different accent. That helped when I had no clue haha. It seemed like I'm actually fluent. For example, one time in German class my teacher said that I have a beautiful soft accent and that's why I got a good grade...even though I knew less than anyone else in class
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Old 05-15-2007, 04:09 PM   #8
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Default Re: Any Italian speakers here?

I watch a lot of Italian tv shows BTW. I also get their channels and stuff. Go there every once in a while etc.

Don't like the language though and it doesn't help that them and French can't speak English to save their life.
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Old 05-15-2007, 04:22 PM   #9
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interesting I will check it out.


from what part of Italy do you, or your family come from D&D?


I was considering vacationing to Florence, or possibly Milan.
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