How to Learn Italian Fast

What is the easiest way to learn Italian? How can I speak Italian fluently? What is the best language program to learn Italian? Here’s the answer to many frequently asked questions!

2019/03/28

Stefano Lodola

By Stefano Lodola

What is the easiest way to learn Italian?

Immersion works because the best way to learn Italian is to hear it and practice speaking it every day in the context of your normal life. When people talk about immersion, what they really mean is learning by doing – to get away from an academic approach and live the language.

How can I learn Italian fluently?

Here are some recommendations for Italian students at every level:

  1. Be patient. Learning any language demands exposure, exposure, exposure. Every student needs to study both grammar and vocabulary, but the longer you stick with it, the more natural and gratifying the language will become.
  2. Don’t stress about grammar. Some people just can’t get the words out because of fear of making mistakes, while others just glide along and in so doing become fluent, improving steadily as they continue practicing, speaking, and enjoying the language. Don’t fret. Your grammar—and your accent—will improve with time.
  3. Write your “to-do” list in Italian. You quickly will memorize many essential, high-frequency expressions, such as going grocery shopping. Use full sentences and include verbs in entries whenever possible.
  4. Surf youtube. Type in the Italian words for a broad category of interest, such as astronomy.
  5. Read, read, read! Look up a topic in English on Wikipedia and then read a piece on the same subject in Italian. Choose a book by a favorite author that’s available in English and Italian. Choose a topic you are familiar with in English and then read an article on the same subject in an online Italian newspaper.
  6. Build your vocabulary. Collect all the new words you learn in a notebook. Highlight every word you look up in your Italian-English dictionary. As you look up future words, the previously highlighted ones will pop up at you.
  7. Listen! Fill your ears with Italian audio books, Italian music (lyrics often available online), and Italian radio. Initially, comprehension may be a blur, but if you stick with it, you’ll start to isolate words, then phrases, then themes.
  8. Observe and imitate. Whether you see native speakers in person, on videos, or in movies, imitate their language and gestures. Pronounce vowels the way they do. Mimic their intonation. Use your hands and body the way they do. Be Italian!

What is the best free app to learn Italian?

Here are some apps to learn Italian:

  • Learn Italian Words Free
  • Learn Italian – 50 Languages
  • Busuu
  • Duolingo
  • Babbel
  • Memrise
  • Mondly
  • In 24 Hours Learn Italian

Language Coaching

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Online Italian Lessons

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Italian Audio Course

Based on spaced repetition, it's the most effective self-study resource.

Italian For Singers

Learn how to pronounce lyrics of Italian opera from an Italian tenor.

How hard is it to learn Italian?

Italian is considered one of the easiest languages for a native English speaker to learn. The grammar and sentence structure are different from English, but simpler. Because both languages have Latin roots, they also share thousands of cognates – words that sound the same and have the same meanings.

Find out why it’s easy to learn Italian.

How quickly can I learn Italian?

How many hours does it take to become fluent in Italian? How long does it take for an English speaker to learn Italian?

Find out how long it takes to learn Italian.

  1. One year of Italian language learning in school (4 hours per week + 2 hours of homework + 2 hours of independent practice X 12 weeks X 2 semesters). Between 5-6.25 years to reach an intermediate level.
  2. Dedicated independent study (1 hour per day). Approximately 3 years to achieve an intermediate level of Italian.
  3. Total, active immersion (8 hours per day). Approximately 3 months to have an intermediate level of Italian.

What is the best language program to learn Italian?

  • Rosetta Stone Language Learning
  • Simon & Schuster Pimsleur
  • Rocket Languages
  • Babbel
  • Fluenz
  • Living Language Platinum
  • Yabla
  • Duolingo

Find more language-learning software to learn Italian.

What language is closest to Italian?

In particular, among the Romance languages, Italian is the closest to Latin in terms of vocabulary. Lexical similarity is 89% with French, 87% with Catalan, 85% with Sardinian, 82% with Spanish, 78% with Ladin, 77% with Romanian and 70% with Portuguese.

Find more about the Italian language.

How many languages are spoken in Italy?

There are approximately thirty-four native living spoken languages and related dialects in Italy, most of which are indigenous evolutions of Vulgar Latin, and are therefore classified as Romance languages.

Find more about the languages that are spoken in Italy.

What are Italian cognates?

A cognate refers to two words from different languages that derive from the same original word. The words may be from different languages but if you go back far enough, they have the same linguistic root.

Cognates are useful when learning Italian as long as you know to be wary of false friends and false cognates. Otherwise, someone might tell you that they’re hungry (fame), but you might think instead that they’re famous.

Find more about Italian cognates.

Most people romanticize the language and base their motivation on fleeting interest.

Why learn the Italian language?

Most people romanticize the language and base their motivation on fleeting interest.

Other things come along and take center stage.

  • Job necessity.
  • Moving to Italy and requiring it to live.
  • Marrying an Italian.
  • Educational/course requirements.

The reason why these motivators work is because they’re all necessity-driven.

Find out why you should learn Italian.

How to find Italian teachers online

Most people don’t have the benefit of living in communities with large Italian-speaking populations.

If you’re not able to find practice partners and teachers to help with your Italian then there’s an excellent alternative.

One of my favorite tools is one called Italki.

This is an online community (free to join) that can easily connect you with native speakers in Italy so you can learn at home. There are both professional teachers and non-professional community members to connect with.

Find more about how to find teachers online.

How to learn Italian with a 4-step roadmap

  • Find your motivation (know why you want to learn Italian)
  • Learn the essential phrases (so you can start talking straight away)
  • Go into detail (start learning grammar, vocabulary, and pronunciation)
  • Take action (so you can achieve your goal of speaking Italian)

Find more about this roadmap to learn Italian.

What’s the best Italian language course?

The Italian audio course “Ripeti Con Me!” starts at a beginner level and focuses on essential vocabulary. Its slow pace makes it accessible to beginners.

The concept underlying this course is that you’ll improve your Italian by listening and repeating many sentences. As you go through the course, small changes are made to the sentences, moving different components in and out. In this way, you’re learning new words and how sentences are formed. Grammar isn’t explicitly taught but you’ll begin to pick up the various grammar points on your own.

Find more about this Italian audio course.

Where can I find honest reviews of Italian language-learning software?

I have used myself many of the Italian language-learning products reviewed on All Language Resources and I generally agree with the conclusions that I read about products I have tried. Negative or mixed reviews are also useful because they come with recommendations for better alternatives, which shows that Nick is knowledgeable about the various approaches to language learning.

Is Italian useful?

Is Italian worth learning? This is probably one of those questions which really needs a context.

The general answer is that any language, not only Italian, is good to learn. What’s worth and what’s not really depends upon the circumstances, interests, and the needs of the person in question.

It is the 4th most studied second language in the world.

Italian is a cultural language and provides a high ROI to people that are passionate about art, music, cinema, history, opera, culinary arts, supercar industry, industrial design (high-end furniture, bath, and kitchen), travel consultants, tour guides.

If you plan to spend a few days on vacation in Italy, don’t bother learning Italian. Most young Italians speak English at an acceptable level.

Join the discussion on whether Italian is worth learning!

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Do you want a complete guide on how to learn a foreign language?

The tips in this article are taken from my on-demand course on Udemy “Fluent. Simple. My proven quick-start guide to learn any foreign language”. There I share what I actually do to learn foreign languages, in the form of a presentation based on contents that I usually show in polyglot clubs.

After this quick-start guide, you’ll know exactly what to do from day one. I put popular tools and personal tips together into a complete language workout for your brain. These tools can be used to learn a language in the spare time that you have each day and can be applied without going abroad.

This is not a generic guide: I only recommend methods and materials that I actually use myself and find useful. This treasure of life experience will spare you years of ineffective studies.

The course includes:

  • My experience as a language learner
  • Links to select learning resources
  • Study methods and tips
  • Advice to draft your study plan

To make sure that you’ll actually put that into practice, the course comes with the option to book a 30-minute consultation on Skype (not included in the course enrollment fee). We’ll discuss your study plan and I’ll answer any questions that you may have.

Click here to read the course program and watch the free preview.

Take it today and become a language learning machine!

Stefano Lodola

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As a language learner, I was raised speaking only Italian, but now I speak nine foreign languages.

As a teacher, I’ve taught Italian to adults in language schools and universities.

I’ve lectured in polyglot clubs and coached students on their way to fluency.

I’m eager to share my secrets with you.

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