About one month ago I visited Italy and I announced my new adventure: to conquer the Italian language.
Since then I’ve made steady progress studying for approximately one hour, three days a week. Ideally I’d like to study more but I’m fitting Italian in with my other languages and interests and it’s challenging to give it more time.
I’ve learnt from Spanish and Japanese that it’s effective to take things slow and allow things to settle in the mind. Moving too fast can mean having to go back to relearn the basics, and that’s a frustration I don’t want to deal with again.
So far I’ve learnt how to say simple things like what my name is, where I’m from, what I do for a living ect, ect. I’ve not tried to communicate with a native speaker, but I’m pretty sure I can hold short conversations but we’ll see.
Learning Italian has been extremely pleasurable, partly because the language requires a lot less work than Spanish and Japanese. It’s the second romance language I’m attempting to learn and I’ve noticed I’m putting in less effort while making the same progress I did with Spanish.
As I go through this language learning process again, It’s become more apparent that language learning is not difficult, and it seems to be getting easier.
When I started learning Spanish a lot of my time was spent trying different techniques and figuring out what works and what doesn’t; fortunately that’s not something I have to do this time.
I know what type of resources I like and how to use them effectively.
Over the next few months I’ll be reviewing each these resources, explaining my likes, dislikes and how I use them to learn. I’m reluctant because I don’t consider myself a language blogger, but I can’t ignore that I get asked to recommend resources often.
I usually mention a few, but I never communicate my thoughts with much detail, so I thought hey, why not review what I’m using to learn Italian so I can have something to send to those who ask for advice.
Watch out for for my next update, I’ll have a go at speaking Italian 😉