In this post, you’ll find some tips if you’re beginning to learn Italian.
We’ll explain why you should learn Italian and what are the benefits of it.
Since, non è tutto rose e fiori — literally: it’s not all roses and flowers. In other words, it’s not all rainbows and unicorns —, we’ll also talk about the cons and pains of learning Italian as well as the most difficult aspects of it.
Let’s get started!
Why learn Italian?
First of all, it’s always good to learn a new language.
It gives you the beautiful gift of being able to understand and speak with more people. And this means you’ll be able to understand other cultures.
Also, if you speak Italian, you’ll probably understand other languages like Spanish or French.
You’ll be able to read Italian literature or listen to traditional Italian songs.
And Italian is just beautiful, musical, melodic, and gentle!
Finally, if you enjoy food, you’ll be able to talk about your best dishes in Italian. How amazing is that?!
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Is Italian Easy to Learn?
This will depend on your native language, among other aspects.
For instance, if you already speak another Romance language (like Spanish or French), it will be relatively easier to learn Italian than if you didn’t. This is because the grammar and vocabulary are similar.
If you don’t, don’t worry. You may be naturally talented for languages and that counts too!
One of the good things about Italian is that pronouncing is easy. You just need to follow some basic rules.
Check out our post about how easy it is to learn Italian.
Is Italian more complicated than English?
Again, this depends on your native language.
If you already speak Spanish, probably learning Italian will be relatively easier.
If your native language is German, then you may find English easier than Italian.
Also, a language is made of different aspects such as vocabulary, grammar, pronunciation, and spelling.
For instance, in terms of verbs, Italian is richer. It has a complex verb conjugation system. English doesn’t. So, we could argue Italian is harder.
On the other hand, Italian spelling and pronunciation are easier than English since Italian has very consistent rules.
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Is Italian the most beautiful language?
What a tough question!
Many people think Italian is the most beautiful language in the world. This may be because people relate the Italian language to great landscapes, music, art, fashion, landscapes, people, and food!
We can’t deny the fact that Italian sounds rhythmical, musical, and melodic.
In fact, the majority of Italian words end in a vowel, which makes the word easier to pronounce and the discourse smooth.
Also, because of Italy’s geography and history, there are so many varieties that make this language absolutely diverse and rich. And beauty lies in diversity!
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What is the benefit of learning Italian?
There are many benefits of learning Italian.
First, if you like socialising, you’ll be able to hang out with Italians and speak to them in Italian.
If you speak Italian, you can consider finding a job in Italy or tell potential employers that you speak (at least) two languages.
You’ll be able to understand Italian music, TV and radio shows, and news in Italian.
So, basically, you’ll do a big favor to your brain. Remember your brain is a muscle and the more you exercise it the better it’ll work the older you get.
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What are the pros and cons of learning Italian?
As we already mentioned, there are many positive aspects of learning Italian such as being able to communicate with Italians.
Italians are witty, funny, outgoing, friendly, and loyal (in general, of course). So, being able to speak and understand their sense of humour is great.
And you’ll appreciate the Italian culture and food much more if you speak the language.
One of the cons is that Italian is not a very widely spoken language.
Also, Italian grammar is a bit complicated. But all you need is motivation and you’ll be ok!
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Italian for beginners: top 8 Pains of learning + solutions
One of the main pains of learning Italian is not knowing how to learn on your own.
Another one is feeling embarrassed because you can’t speak Italian (you can!) and nervous because you make mistakes. And if you do learn, you may think you’ll forget it after you quit studying.
You may feel frustrated and think you’re wasting your time and money, or think it’s too late to start. Or you may feel like you don’t have enough time.
You may feel discouraged because you can’t travel or live in Italy.
Well… the good thing is that there are solutions to all of these fears!
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What is the most difficult aspect of learning Italian?
Probably any Italian learner will tell you the most difficult aspect of learning Italian is verb conjugation.
This is because in Italian there are many verb endings considering the fact that there’s a verb tense for the present, one for the past, and one for the future.
You might have heard of the subjunctive. This is probably the most famous difficult aspect concerning verbs.
This type of verb has to do with doubts, hypothetical ideas, and possibilities. So, it’s pretty specific.
Another aspect that English speakers may find hard is the fact that things have a gender. Strange, right?
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How long does it take to learn Italian? Is it hard?
This is another tricky question. It depends on so many factors!
Learning a new language is always a new challenge. It may be exciting for some and for others time-consuming.
Learning Italian may be easier for you if you already speak Catalan or Portuguese, for instance.
It may be harder if you speak a language with a completely different alphabet, like Arabic.
It’s the same with how long it takes to learn Italian. Time is relative. It depends on factor such as your native language, how motivated you are, your availability, your target level of proficiency, etc.
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Can I become fluent in Italian in 6 months?
Becoming fluent in Italian in six months depends on many factors.
First of all, think about how motivated you are. If you are really motivated, it’ll be easier to become fluent.
Also, do you have enough time? Like at least ten hours a week? If you do, that’s great news!
Then consider the fact that you already speak another foreign language. It’ll definitely be easier to become fluent in Italian than if you didn’t.
So, the answer is yes, you could but make sure you study and are motivated enough.
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How many words do you need to speak Italian?
First of all, a language is not only made of words. If you just need to learn words, why not just grab a dictionary?
It’s probably because you don’t just want to learn words in isolation.
Languages are powerful tools made of words, grammar, idioms, expressions, culture, traditions, gestures, etc.
You can start having a conversation in Italian even with just very few words.
Also, words without context are difficult to learn and boring.
Anyway, a few hundred words are already enough for survival, and with 2,000 words you can say virtually anything (not in the most correct or natural way, of course).
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How to take an Italian lesson on Skype? 10 tips from a language teacher
First of all, start by speaking and saying complete sentences.
Don’t worry about making mistakes.
If you make a mistake and your teacher gives you the correct form, try repeating after them.
Focus on the sounds on the language and not on the written part of it.
Ask your teacher to spell a word only after you have acquired the sound of it.
If you’re learning something new, don’t try to use language you haven’t seen yet but focus on what you’ve just learned.
Stick to Italian!
Ask if you don’t understand and don’t pretend to understand!
Take this webinar on how to learn Italian.
And take Italian video lessons on your computer and make sure you check the quality of your video, audio, and Internet connection.
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Can you translate Italian word for word like English?
No, you definitely cannot translate Italian word for word. That is called literal translation and it just doesn’t work.
First of all, many words don’t have a direct equivalent in English.
Also, many words have different meanings and the meaning of some words will depend on the context.
Translating word for word can be very stressful, tiring, and confusing.
This way you’re focusing on single words rather than a whole topic.
Instead, try to really listen to Italian but focus more on context rather than single words.
If there’s something you definitely don’t understand, you can always ask your interlocutor to repeat or you can ask someone to explain what you just read.
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How long will it take a teenager to learn Italian?
The younger you are, the easier it will be to become fluent in a foreign language.
So, being a teenager and learning a new language is great in terms of language learning!
In fact, in general, a teenager can learn Italian faster than an adult.
However, we can’t tell you exactly how long it’ll take a teenager to learn Italian.
It depends on how motivated they are and how much time they have available.
It also depends on whether they live in Italy and have friends who speak Italian.
This is because for a teenager friends are essential in their growth process, which includes their language skills.
If they do, they’ll probably learn Italian within a year.
If not, probably a few years.
But it really depends on motivation, dedication, time, and environment.
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