Cognates can help you to learn Italian more easily. First of all, they are words similar in spelling and pronunciation both in English and Italian due to the common Latin root and same meaning. The Latin root is common to Romance languages such as Italian, Spanish, French, Portuguese and Romanian. This explains why people who know one of these languages can easily learn the others.
You should keep in mind that some words are false friends: they look similar but have different meaning.
One tip to identify cognates is to look at their endings:
Words ending in -ty, in italian end in -tà :
Words ending in -ble, in Italian end in -bile:
Words ending in -tion, in Italian end in -zione:
Words ending in -ly in Italian end in -mente:
Words ending in -ic in Italian end in -ico or -ica:
Words ending in -ism in Italian end in -ismo:
Words ending in -al in Italian end in -ale:
Words ending in -ous in Italian end in -ioso (masculine) and -iosa (feminine):
Words ending in -y in Italian end in -ia:
Words ending in -ical end in -ico and -ica
Words ending in -ect end in -etto:
Words ending in -ent end in -ente:
Other words differ with the last letter:
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