How do I meet and greet some one in Italian without knowing what to say.
I have been doing the program for about 4 months and have not learned how start a conversation with some one in Italian. Is their a section on meet and greet? I like your program, but I will have to find an other program to learn before I go to any events.
Frankly, even in my native language I still have no idea how to start a conversation.
let start: "can you help me .... i dont find .... I dont "know how to.... or " i dont know this place - would you tell me, where is the busstation to...." or "the weather is nice, isnt it" and so on ....
Well meeting new people in English has never been a problem. I can usually find something of interest to talk about. But in Italian, how do you start?
YouTube do some excellent meet n greet videos. It all depends on whether one is greeting friends or strangers. I'm afraid I'm inevitably casual-friendly in Italy, and it seems nobody minds my "Buongiorno, come va?" (with a smile) as conversation starts, which is the important thing. Somehow courtesy to my elders tells me when to be more formal. "Ciao, is there a bank near? Oh thank you, and thank you for understanding my Italian". Asking questions with a smile rarely fails:-)
Thank you. I will try the You tube. That sounds like a good idea, but I want a program that checks how I pronounce words in Italian
There are several greetings incorporated into the DuoLingo course. I note that you have not been studying for long.
If you are keen on the Italian language, you will no doubt want to eventually immerse yourself in the language when abroad.
Ciao means Hello and Goodbye just about everywhere. The word Salve is more formal (like vous in French and usted in Spanish); in this case you would use Lei in the 3rd person singular. You would especially use Buongiorno etc.
I understand that if you meet with a group, it is advisable to meet and greet each person in turn (to be on the safe side, shake hands rather than kisses on the cheek).
Come va? Come sta? Formal Come vai? Come stai?Informal
There are numerous beginners guides both online and in book form. May I recommend the BBC Talk Italian course, which is very thorough?!
Okay - so you greet them - then what? To have a conversation you need lots of words (way more than you will learn here) and at least some grammar. Be patient.
For pronunciation , there are several sites as well as this one. Google Translate has a loudspeaker.
future learn a free online 4-part course offered several times a year has the kind of things you seem to be wanting. There is a lot of audio, the opportunity to write out your answers, etc. Check it out.