Italian sounds beautiful… And how cool would it be to be able to travel to Italy and communicate with locals?
We all agree on that, but how easy is it to learn Italian?
Contrary to what you are probably thinking, it is not that hard at all. Let’s see why and how!
How hard is it to learn Italian?
Italian is a romance language, which means its roots come from Latin. Depending on your native language, learning Italian could be extremely easy, or slightly more challenging, but still much simpler than learning many other complex foreign languages.
If you are a native speaker of French, Spanish, Portuguese, or Romanian, or are fluent in one of these, learning Italian will be extremely easy. These languages share a lot of vocabulary, structures, and grammar rules.
If you are a native speaker of English or other Germanic languages, don’t despair! Italian is actually quite close to those too, and, although learning it might require a little extra time and effort, you will be surprised at how easy it can be if you use the right tools.
Italian pronunciation is easy!
There are many reasons why Italian is not that hard to learn, and one of those is the pronunciation!
Unlike in English or French, which seem to have some random pronunciation, once you learn the Italian alphabet and a couple of pronunciation rules, you will be able to read a word you do not know and pronounce it correctly!
If you practice listening, speaking, and reading, you will be able to say your first words and sentences in no time.
Of course, there are also some trickier aspects of learning Italian, like in any other foreign language.
Articles and prepositions can be complicated to remember and combine correctly, and sometimes even Italians make mistakes with the use of the subjunctive…
However, learning Italian is not harder than learning Spanish or French.