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.

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

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 landed to this page from 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.

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 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: 400 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: 600 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: 240 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

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.

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 swith 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

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

It 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.

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.

Reading news with slow audio and short stories

There’s plenty of Italian news and short stories with slow audio 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.

Youtube

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

This could be the news, 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.

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 of 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, check out this resource list.


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