People don’t learn Italian for business. The most important drivers are love and passion for this beautiful language. 5 tips to learn Italian the right way.
Learning a language is difficult, “difficile” as we say it in Italian. The good news for you is that Italian and English have many things in common. You just need the right mindset and determination. Our little guide to learn Italian is made of 5 golden rules:
Write down all the Italian words you know and count them
Most of them have something to do with food, right? Think again and try to understand the following 10 random Italian words: animale, importante, anniversario, dicembre, fraternità, mortale, opacità, accidentale, nutriente, dottore… And the list could be incredibilmente lunga! 58% of the English vocabulary is of Latin or Neolatin origin. There are good reasons to be ottimista. Take 5 minutes every day and repeat some Italian words you learned recently. It’s good mental training.
Start to learn Italian watching movies and listening to Italian music
Visual memory is so powerful. Start to learn Italian watching movies in Italian with Italian subtitles. It can be of great help. Of course television is a passive exercise, but it is definitely helpful for getting familiar with Italian sounds, pronunciation and body language. Listening to an Italian song, over and over, with the lyrics in front of you is a good exercise too.
Study every day, no matter what
Sometimes people work out to lose weight only twice a month and wonder why they are still fat. Learning a language require consistency and determination, but not a big mental effort. In order to learn Italian properly, you have to study just around 45 minutes a day, no distractions. Use an agenda, your iPhone or the organizer you prefer and stick to your schedule. Write down the things you learn every day.
Look for the right learning materil
There are plenty of resources on the internet for studying Italian, including this site. Social networks and blogs are rapidly replacing language forums. Choose the right facebook page or follow a twitter account for increasing your vocabulary and test your Italian language abilities. Be careful though, internet is very distracting, you can start learning Italian on youtube and end up doing completely different things.
Follow your personal interests
Motivation is everything. Without the necessary motivation, do not start to study Italian, do something you really like instead. If you have the right mindset, you can leverage your personal interests and learn the language. Do you like cooking, or arts, music or history? Use your interests to learn Italian and keep your inspiration alive.
These are just suggestions to start learning Italian the right way, with little or no cost. It will be up to you to mix the right ingredients and find your way. Don’t forget though that self-study will bring you up to a certain level, difficult to improve without assistance. Practicing while you are in Italy and attending to a school, will boost your learning curve and give great results.
If you can’t study in Italy, you may consider learning Italian online on Skype. Book your free Italian Skype lesson with us. A native teacher is waiting for you. Ciao!