Hard to learn italian?

United States
January 11, 2010 10:43pm CST
I have always wanted to learn to speak Italian but have not yet taken any steps to do so, trying to decide what is the best method and if its possible to do myself with computer software or CD's or something like that. I have a minor in French, so I am familiar with foreign languages in general and took 4 years of latin in high school. Anyone who has tried to learn italian have any advice or insight? Thanks!
4 responses
• Italy
21 Mar 10
Ciao! Italian is hard to learn (and many Italian people mix it often up with slang and local dialects), but there are some useful tricks besides books and dictionaries: try to listen to some italian music and once you find out a singer you like go for the lirics. Try to read each day news on the web (sports like soccer and formula1 or politics are very interesting!) and each time you are able to fly to Italy and live there for a month or two don't hesitate! Italy is a wonderful place, full of culture, history, natural beatiful places and a good kitchen, with many things to do to better language preparation! by the way, i'm Italian! if you wat to practice, just ask me! :-)
@AmandaMBF (284)
• Brazil
12 Jan 10
I'm learning italian and I'm not finding any advices. I think write is the hardest but the pronounce and listen are very easy. I like this language so much so I'm hard dedicate to this!!!!! But the best way is listen musics, read books and watch movies in this language. And if it's possible correspond regularly with a italian person or with a person who speaks italian fluently.
@LaurenInLA (2272)
• United States
12 Jan 10
I took an Italian immersion class a couple of years ago and didn't do well with it. I also took 4 years of Lating in high school and took French in college. I'm trying now with the use of CD's and doing my own version of immersion by reading online Italian newspapers. Good luck
@edxcast (1169)
• Ecuador
12 Jan 10
Hi jules I dont know too much about italian, but well i actually do cause it has some similarities with spanish. If you have taken latin then i think you should be fine. I know very little latin and very little italian, but i have noticed some big similarities within both(for example che, ce is pronounce the same ways on both language). I have wanted to learn well all of the languages you have talk about on here, plus japanese, i hope i could do it one day. Sorry if i can be of too much help, i wish you good luck, learning a new language is a fun activity. I would advise you to go to an academy, in my opinion its better than doing it on your own.