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Getting started


Below you will find a quick walkthrough of the tools on this site. Please note that some of the features are only available when you are logged in.

Verbs
There are two ways to approach the conjugation of the verbs:
  1. Choose one verb at a time
    Choose conjugation and verb under the tab Studio. A translation will be visible, when you hover the mouse over the verbs
  2. My verbs
    Under the tab My studio you will find My verbs. Click on a conjugation and choose the verbs you would like to learn. The system will remember your settings and you can use this to practice in a much more systematic and efficient way. You can always edit your setting and add/remove verbs. The verbs are organised in categories: regular are-, ere- and ire-verbs, irregular and reflexive verbs. Click on show all to have alle the verbs displayed. The menu listing offers you the possibility to have the verbs listed alphabetically or by frequency.
    Choose across conjugations to practice more conjugations simultaneously. Here you can also choose which persons you wish to include.
Vocabulary
Use this tool to learn new words. You can work with two kinds of word lists:
  1. Fixed word lists (under the tab Studio)
    Here you can practice the names of the weekdays, the numbers, time expressions, colours and many other things.
    Some of the lists are very long, so please begin by adapting them to your own needs (click on a list, then click adapt).
  2. My word lists (under the tab My studio)
    Click on new word list to create your own word list(s) where you can practice with words of your own choice.
    You can make lists on themes like food, adjectives, travel, or lists with words from your textbook, or...
    You can edit your lists easily and add new words.

    Tips and tricks
    • During the process of practicing with a list you can add the words causing you trouble to a repetition list (click on '+' or hit the '+' key). This will allow you to run through the hard words separately once or twice again and make your work more efficient.
    • Practice both to and from Italian (change direction)
    • You can copy the fixed lists from Studio to My studio and then edit or expand them freely (click on the list, then click on adapt)
    • Use the lists as small dictionaries (show alphabetically)
    • Print a copy and take it with you (show alphabetically, print)
Grammar
In this section you can practice the Italian articles, the inflexions of the nouns and the adjectives, the possessive pronouns as well as accusative, dative and double object pronouns.
You choose yourself the words you wish to practice with for each type of exercise. Begin with the regular words and then you can add different types of irregular words gradually. The system will then always generate exercises matching your level. The exercises come with a translation enabling you to practice with words that are not already familiar to you.
Tips and tricks
  • This section also has a repeat function (click on '+' or hit the '+' key).
  • For inspiration and advice on how to progress, please see this

Tombola
The fun way to practice the numbers!
If you are a beginner, we recommend that you start out by practicing with the word list numbers as this allows you to work with intervals of your own choise. But as soon as you grow more familiar with them you can start playing. There are several ways you can control the game:
  • Play with 1-5 tickets
  • You can adjust the tempo at any time while playing
  • You can jump back to a previous number if needed
  • You can have your tickets validated continuously, or choose to have them validated only at tombola!

Pronunciation guide
Here you will find (almost) everything there is to know about Italian pronunciation including a large number of audio examples to imitate.
You can navigate the guide in three ways:
  1. Specific word
    Choose from the words in the drop-down menu in the upper left corner
  2. Combination of letters
    Use the menu to the left to find examples of the pronunciation of specific letters or combinations of letters
  3. Sound group
    Use the top menu. Here you will find a systematic examination of the different sound groups
You can focus on the audio examples or use the theoretical descriptions and phonetic transcriptions according to your needs and your interests.

Some good advice:
  • Only practice with a few new verbs/words at a time. By focusing you will learn much faster.
  • Type your answers as long as you are insecure. Later you can practice in a faster way by leaving the fields empty and press Enter, then the system will give you the right answer.
  • Use the audio! Repeat the pronunciation to yourself (say it out loud). You will not only learn the pronunciation by doing this but it will also help you a great deal in remembering the words.
  • To practice frequently and continuously is one of the most important things, so try to find ten minutes in your daily routines where you make it a habit to log in and do you exercises.

 
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You can access Lo Studio Italiano on your iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch and Android smartphone.
All you need to do is to open the browser on your device and go to www.lostudioitaliano.com.
The system will automatically detect your device and direct you to the version (web app) matching your screen size.
There is nothing to download or install on your device.