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5 study plan templates to master the Italian language

This is the only online study planner for the Italian language with 5 schedule templates.

Make a plan in 3 minutes and choose one of the templates to get on the right track!

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Why an Italian study planner?

Learning a language takes time and money. A lot! So, it’s natural to look for information about how long it’s supposed to take and how much it should cost. Especially, if you’ve just started to learn Italian, or if it’s your first foreign language, you probably have many questions about how to study, what resources to use, etc. However, I couldn’t find a serious Italian study planner that could answer these questions concretely and accurately. That’s why I made this free online tool!

Italian learning time and cost calculator

It takes 3 minutes fill in the form below. As a result, you will able to:
  • Calculate how many study hours you need to commit every week to reach your target level
  • Calculate how much you need to spend every month
  • Select the best learning resources
  • Put those learning resources together into a complete weekly study schedule
  • Set a realistic deadline
To suggest a study plan, this calculator takes the following information as input:
  • Skills in your native language
  • Skills in foreign languages
  • Current Italian level
  • Target Italian level
  • Deadline
After you entered this information, you can choose a study plan based on your time commitment and budget. This Italian study planner includes a calculator that checks if your deadline is realistic compared with your time commitment and budget. If the plan you chose is not enough to meet your deadline, you can either change plan or deadline to make it viable.

What you get from this Italian study schedule maker

Under the hood, this Italian study schedule builder includes:
  • Language study time calculator from level to level
  • Monthly budget calculator based on the study activities included in the plan you choose
  • Feasibility check
After you submit the form of this Italian study planner, you’ll get:
  • An email with the results (time, cost, etc.)
  • A downloadable weekly study schedule
  • Tips to use the recommended resources
If compared with the few similar tools I found online, this Italian study planner  has the following advantages:
  • Customized to each learner’s skills and needs
  • Specifically designed by an Italian polyglot
  • Returns a ready-to-use weekly timetable
  • With practical advice on how to study
  • Gives instant results
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Why you need a study plan

To focus on studying, not deciding what to study

Learning Italian requires mastering various skills. So, every time you sit down to study, there are a range of activities you could do and the skills you could work on.

You don’t want to spend time deciding whether to listen to a podcast to learn Italian or read a short story or write an essay.

With a good schedule from this Italian study planner, you’ll know not only when you’re going to study, but exactly what you’re going to study at each time.

To align your activities with your goals

Why learn Italian?

People learn Italian for different reasons: some need to communicate with their important others, others want to advance at work, while some just want to survive their trip to Italy.

So, it’s important to make sure that how you study fits your goals: if your goal is to talk to your in-laws in a foreign language, you need to focus on daily conversation, whereas if you study for work, you need to cover a more formal context.

A study schedule made with this Italian study planner allows you to bear your goals in mind and how each one of your study activities will help you attain them.

To be consistent and keep motivation

Let’s say that you know you need to put in some time reading in your target language. Do you have enough discipline to do that?

If you have a set time when you do your language study, it’s easier to convince yourself that you have to stick to the plan and study.

However, if you just study “when you have time,” you end up never having time and always opting to do something more entertaining like hanging out with friends or watching cat videos instead of taking your daily Italian audio lesson.

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Is an Italian study planner enough?

With this Italian study planner, in output, you get an example of a weekly schedule. While it’s useful per se, you probably need to customize it based on your daily life.

First, to plan your study session, decide when is the best time to dedicate to language studying, maybe during the weekend or maybe during the week. Some people find it useful to get a lot done in just one session, others are more productive in short bits of time.

Next, plan out the topics you are going to study for the whole month, so that when it is time for you to study, you don’t find yourself not knowing what to study. Instead, if you simply check your plan, you can move onwards and learn new things. Are you going to study grammar? If so, what grammatical aspect?

Finally, you might want to also plan a few breaks in your study session. This way your learning will be much more effective than staying stuck on something you don’t understand.

How to stick to your Italian language study plan

After you choose an option from this Italian study planner, you need to stick to your schedule.

First, be realistic about your language study plan.

When learning a language, which is a never-ending pursuit, it’s important to break this huge task into easily-verifiable checkpoints. For example:

  • Exams
  • Trips to Italy
  • Weekly writing exercise
  • A daily lesson of your favorite language learning software

Do you only need basic Italian for travel or something more advanced like reading the news in Italian?

Second, plan according to your priorities.

It’s not just being realistic about your goal; you also need to be realistic about the time and other constraints that will influence your path to that goal.

Not all the time that is left after work is productive. You’ll be tired on some days. You’ll have other hobbies, family commitments, attention-pullers, impromptu plans.

However, you should find at least 30 minutes a day to study, every day.

Third, put the language study plan into action.

Now you’ve got your study plan, all that’s left is to actually use it.

Put specific entries into your digital calendar or paper diary then do so. Some people like to share it with people that can hold them accountable, such as study partners or personal coaches.

As with all things, the value that you get out of your study plan will only be as good as you are prepared to commit to it.

Guides to create language study plans

There’s plenty of advice on how to make language study plans.

If you still need inspiration, check out this resource list.

5 Italian study schedule templates

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My proven study plan templates to master Italian

As a serial language learner, I know what to do in order to master a language.

Honestly, I don’t even build a plan because everything comes out naturally to me.

However, if you’re not familiar with languages, you need a self-study plan to make the most of your study time, choose the right resources, and keep motivation (why learn Italian?).

That’s why I made these study plan templates for the Italian language, each with a different combination of time commitment and budget.

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How to choose a plan from these 5 examples

Here, you find 5 Italian study schedule templates with different options: time commitment, budget, and recommended learning resources.

If you made a plan with the Italian study planner, you already know which one is best for you.

Else, I strongly recommend you to use the planner. In 3 minutes, you’ll know how much time and money you need to invest in learning Italian to meet your goals.

By the way, to enhance your brain power and make progress faster, I can recommend the best nootropics for studying languages.

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What’s the difference between study schedule templates

All these Italian study schedule templates include my favorite resources to learn Italian.

I chose them to cover every aspect of the language, with a focus on speaking, which is often overlooked both by students and language courses.

The main difference is how much time and money you’re willing to commit to language learning.

  • Regular plan: to make steady progress
  • Intensive plan: for faster progress
  • Light plan: for the busy learner
  • Free plan: when your budget is 0
  • Free light plan: for the casual learner

How to make a study plan to master the Italian language

italian study schedule example

There’s a unique tool to calculate how much time and money you need to invest in your studies: the Italian language study planner.

With this Italian study schedule generator, in 3 minutes, you can create a weekly study plan to know exactly what to do in order to master the Italian language based on your schedule and budget.

Now, let’s look into these 5 Italian study schedule examples!

My 5 Italian study schedule templates

Regular plan for steady progress

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  • Time commitment: 7 hours/week
  • Budget: 200 US$/month

With a regular plan, you practice 1 hour a day, every day.

Taking 2 live 1-on-1 lessons per week with a qualified teacher or an experienced native tutor is a good pace to practice speaking and get feedback.

This plan is the closest to the one I follow myself and I can assure that you’ll make steady progress.

Intensive plan to learn Italian fast

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  • Time commitment: 14 hours/week
  • Budget: 300 US$/month

In the intensive plan, you commit 2 hours per day.

Diversify your study activities to cover all the language skills that you need: speaking, listening, writing, and reading.

Even though you could argue that more your study, the faster you learn, I wouldn’t recommend studying more than a couple of hours a day because the gain from extra time gradually gets smaller.

Light plan to learn Italian even if you’re busy

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  • Time commitment: 4 hours/week
  • Budget: 120 US$/month

The light plan is for busy people.

No matter how busy you are, you should practice at least 30 minutes a day, every day.

To make the most of your limited time, take live lessons as frequently as possible.

Please note that this is barely enough to make visible progress, even though it can certainly help you keep your current level.

Free plan, because we all like free stuff

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  • Time commitment: 7 hours/week
  • Budget: free
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There’s plenty of free resources online to make the free plan viable.

You need to substitute paid 1-on-1 tutoring with language exchange with native speakers or find other venues to practice speaking. This can be time-consuming and you need to make up for lack of guidance with self-study.

Free light plan for the casual learner

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  • Time commitment: 4 hours/week
  • Budget: free

For a casual learner, the free light plan could be enough to avoid forgetting the language.

However, this is not enough to become fluent in a language.

In any case, to make to most of your limited time, practice speaking by yourself, for example reading aloud or repeating what you hear from videos or podcasts.

How to use the learning resources recommended in the templates

Ripeti con me!

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Ripeti con me!” is the best audio course to improve your speaking skills. It’s a set of audio lessons that prompts you to speak. By listening and repeating simple sentences, you’ll acquire vocabulary and grammar naturally.

You can also take it to learn Italian in the car.

It’s to be taken 20 minutes a day, every day.

Pimsleur Italian

If, as a total beginner, you feel that “Ripeti con me!” goes too fast for you, or you’re afraid of making mistakes, you might want to start with Pimsleur, then switch to RCM after a couple of months.

This course prompts you to repeat words and sentences like RCM, but with a more limited range and at slower pace.

Duolingo Italian

Duolingo is the best free app to become familiar with the sentence structures and learn basic vocabulary.

This excellent online Italian course makes virtually any similar paid app useless (Babbel, Busuu, etc.).

Recommended for total beginners up to lower-intermediate level.

Take a couple of lessons (5-10 minutes) every day, then put what you learned into practice, for example writing your own sentences or using the new words in your next live lesson.

My personal tip is to read everything aloud even if you’re not prompted to. You’ll learn faster.

Italian lessons on Skype

1-on-1 lessons on Skype are the absolutely the best way to master a language like a native.

However, they also happen to be the most expensive way.

Whether you take lessons with me or with other tutors on Italki, you need at least 2 weekly 1-hour sessions to make steady progress.

If you have a busy schedule, you could split your lesson time into shorter bits, like 30-minute lessons, 3-4 times a week.

Language exchange

If you don’t want to spend money on professional lessons, you could try looking for a language exchange partner.

For example, if you’re a native English speaker, go find an Italian who studies English, then teach each other on Skype.

This is not recommended for beginners who need competent guidance.

Also keep in mind that you’re not spending money, but you’re still spending your time teaching your language.

Vocabulary review

During a 1-on-1 lesson or a language exchange, you get to hear a lot of new words and expressions. Your tutor should type them in the Skype chat box while they introduce them. This way, you can review them later.

As a learner, I do this the day after every lesson. It takes me about 20-30 minutes to review vocabulary from a 1-hour lesson.

If you take paid language lessons or do a language exchange, your lessons are the main source of vocabulary in a language learning plan template.

Writing

Writing is an excellent way to elaborate on what you learned recently and put new words and grammar patterns into practice.

Twice a week, 30 minutes per session is a good pace.

Every serious language learning plan template includes writing.

Reading news with slow audio and short stories

There’s plenty of Italian news with slow audioItalian short stories, and Italian conversations to practice listening and reading at the same time. If you repeat what you hear, you also get to practice speaking!

It takes about 5 minutes to go through one post. Do it 2-3 times a week.

It’s an important part of every Italian language study plan template.

Youtube

From a low-intermediate level on, it’s useful to watch and listen to media made for native speakers.

This could be the news in Italian, TV series, or movies.

For better results, go over the same clip several times and repeat or note down the words that you want to learn.

This too is available for free and is included in every free Italian language study plan template.

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Is a language learning template enough?

A language study template doesn’t just list all your learning activities but also shows how often and when you’re supposed to do them.

These activities should cover all the skills that you need to learn: reading, listening, writing and speaking.

If you find that you are lacking a particular learning type, you will need to find a learning activity that can supplement it.

Your weekly planner is for you to check that you’re sticking with your study plan. Each time you perform a learning activity, you can put a mark next to it. At the end of the week, you can count up the marks against your target figure.

Your planner should be between 1-2 months long, no longer. In fact, you need to review your study plan every couple of months. This is particularly true in the first year when you are developing rapidly. The activity or resource that helped last month may no longer be relevant.

This is how you learn a language in hours, not years.

Guides to use language study schedule templates

There’s plenty of advice on how to use language study schedule templates.

If you still need help with a language learning plan template, check out this resource list.

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