Learning Italian would be great, but I’m not good enough.I can’t stop smoking, working out is a pain, I have high cholesterol but I love bacon so much. There are always plenty of reasons preventing you from doing something you would like to do.
Are those valid reasons or they are just the easiest way to feel not guilty for being lazy? Let’s bust the top 5 excuses you will try to use to stop learning Italian.
Excuse number 1: Italian is cool but I speak English, why bother? Reality:
Fair enough. You speak English and that would be ok for a short trip to Venezia. After all, if you say “cappuccino, please” at a bar, the barman will understand. The reality is that when you are in Italy and hear the sound of people speaking Italian, you think “how cool would it be to learn that language!”. So, the real question you have to ask yourself is: “do I want to be a simple weekend tourist or maybe Italy is a country worth visiting and exploring deeper?”. Exploring Italy is a meaningful experience and communicating with people, even using elementary sentences will be very rewarding. Your answer is no? Then, go to France to catch some rain.
Excuse number 2: I’m too old to learn Italian. Reality:
It’s never too late to learn a language. Younger people pick up vocabulary easier than mature or senior people, but they have less focus and control over the learning process. It’s up to you to organize your time and dedicate a few hours a week to you favourite activities. Learning Italian at any age is possible, every age has pros and cons. “I’m too old to learn Italian” is a very weak excuse, worse than “things ain’t what they used to be”. Find a better one.
Excuse number 3: I will never have that nice accent, so why all the efforts?. Reality:
It is amazing listening to English spoken in Liverpool, Sydney, Cape Town, Boston or Mumbai. Can people coming form those cities, sitting around the same table, understand each other? When you start understanding some Italian and visit the country as much as you can, you realize how many different accents, dialects, words and intonations there are in every city. This is part of the Italian heritage and history. That’s the beauty of Italy, because every city, centuries ago, was a capital of a different city-state. Standard Italian is widely spoken, and that’s your focus. Your accent will sound beautiful and “sexy” to Italians, and they will appreciate very much the efforts you put in speaking their language. You will be a star, so the “bad accent” excuse is rubbish.
Excuse number 4: I don’t have enough time. Reality:
We all love watching TV. How beautiful and entertaining is sitting on my soft couch with a cup of tea or a glass of wine watching “Lost”, “Breaking bad” or maybe a nice documentary about Rome on History Channel. Don’t tell me you can’t find 5 hours a week for learning Italian. I bet you commute every day to go to work and you have a car radio, or take the train and have your iPad or a book with you. That’s the mother of all lazy excuses, shame on you. At least be more creative and find a better alibi.
Excuse number 5: I need to be in Italy for learning Italian. Reality:
Learning Italian in Italy is definitely a great advantage, because you will feel more motivated and live the Italian experience every moment of the day. But that’s just half of the story. Nowadays learning Italian online is possible and will help you keeping the language alive throughout the year with the assistance of a native speaker. This website, like many others out there, offers the tools for improving your Italian language skills and get ready for the next trip. So get organized, find good websites, join facebook groups, or follow some Italian language bots on twitter and you will have your daily Italian pills for free. Going to Italy to study Italian is at the end of the process, not at the beginning of it.
In a nutshell, learning Italian is a process that can be achieved with some efforts, commitment and and motivation. Don’t be put off if you feel you are a bit lost or can’t achieve your goals immediately. Feel free to visit this site and ask questions. Learning Italian is possible. No excuses!