My Italian Adventure: One Month Update and Resources

by David · 9 comments

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 😉

  • Hey David!

    How’s things, mate? I completely relate to what you’re saying about taking it slowly to allow the language to “settle”. I’ve taken the same approach to Irish over the last couple of months.
    Doesn’t matter what you’re learning, be it languages or whatever, it’s not good to force learning or try to rush the brain. I’ve decided to enjoy the journey with this language and take my time.

    • Hey Donovan, I’m doing great! Thanks for stopping by. 

      I couldn’t agree with you more. One of the most frustrating things for me is having to go back to iron out the basics. 
      Having to do this later on almost killed my love for Spanish. I wanted to charge ahead but basic language was holding me back. 

      Also, it caused me a lot of trouble when I went to Spain >_<!

  • Hello David,

    I have just
    “discovered” your website, it seemed great! Your new adventure in Italian
    will be for sure a great linguistic discovery as well, as Italian is the
    closest daughter of Latin, by learning it you will recognize lots of roots and
    words you use every day, check out for a book called “the Italian you already
    know” (I think this is the right name), in it you will be able to recognize clearly
    the presence of this language in English.

    Your List of resources
    seemed really good and very helpful to those who want to learn this language, I
    dare suggest you another one, that although many critics will for sure help you
    a lot, that is Michel Thomas Method, despite his terrible accent, his methodology
    is really incredible, so you can learn a lot with it, and later improve your
    listening and pronunciation by listening authentic audios.

    I will follow
    your work from now on, good luck with Italian.

    Best wishes,

    Jimmy Mello    

    • I’m particular excited about learning Italian for the same reasons you mentioned. 

      Also, I’m interested in Italian history and food, and I would love to read books about them in native Italian 🙂 I’m going to check out the book “the Italian you already know’ it sounds interesting and it’s always helpful to learn similar words. However I have a love hate relationship with Michel Thomas –  I agree that it’s a great course for getting started – I’ve used it for both Spanish and Japanese. However I’ve never completed one of his course’ because I find it so damn boring. I get bored easily so I have to keep things fresh – unfortunately Michel thomas is not something I could stick to, despite it being so effective. Thanks for dropping by Jimmy

      • Did I ever send you a copy of my ebook?

        • Yes Randy, quite a while ago. I actually used your great book get an overview of the language.
          Eek I can’t believe I forgot to include it.

          Anyhow, I’ve update the post 😉

  • Hi David,

    Great posted. I’m quite excited to see your progress in Italian and in fact have considered learning it myself. I even attempted to read some Italian and found that, as a result of knowing Spanish, Italian comes quite naturally to me now. Keep up the good work! 🙂

    • Thanks for stopping by Steven! 

      I’m quite excited also! Although, I must admit, Italian is not as similar as I thought it would be to Spanish. 
      On the surface they looks really similar, but there are quite a few difference; at least, that’s what I see at the moment. 

  • Mae

    In bocca al lupo! Magari ci troviamo su Skype per parlare un po’!

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