Do you love learning Italian?
There are a lot of different approaches to learning a language.
The important thing is to enjoy the process and turn it into a pleasant activity which you want to do it every day.
You also need a method to keep all your words, phrases and rules in the long-term memory.
How can you do that? Find in this post 5 Advice to help beginner learner:
You need to revise what you have learned during few days repeatedly using the method called spaced repetition.
What is space repetition and how can you use it in your learning process?
Space repetition transfer what you need to remember from the short term memory to the long term memory in the brain.
Short-term memory has a fairly limited capacity; Long-term memory refers to the storage of information over an extended period.
The more the information is repeated or used, the more likely it is to eventually end up in long-term memory, or to be “retained.”
If you are looking for a free flashcard app which uses spaced repetition you can try:
- AnkiDroid Flashcards app for Android Smartphones
- Anki (Windows/MacOS/Linux)
- Quizlet : Learn Languages & Vocab with Flashcards
- TinyCards by Duolingo: Fun & Free Flashcards
- Memorion app for Android Smartphones (Flashcard Learning)
- Memrise is a language platform using spaced repetition with some cards to improve the learning process.
2. FIND THE TIME TO LEARN
There are learners that have few hours during the day to spend in learning a second (or third) language-
You could plan to add some 15 minutes a day to revise some vocabulary or maybe you can listen to an audio while driving or doing exercises in a gym.
You could listen to a video tutorial on Youtube while cooking or cleaning your house.
Try to make this plans a part of your everyday life.
3. How long will it take to learn Italian?
Unfortunately there isn’t one answer. There are a lot of factors that influence how long it will take you to learn Italian.
It depends on:
- Your native language closer or further from the Italian language (English, Arabic, Japanese)
- If you already speak a Romance language Spanish, French, Portuguese, you’re going to learn Italian faster because there are many similarities in vocabulary and structure.
- How many languages you already know
- Your motivation and self confidence
The Foreign Service Institute (FSI) considers Italian to be one of the easiest languages to learn, based on what FSI has observed. (though the actual time can vary based on a number of factors.)
For FSI, Italian is in Category I Languages: 24-30 weeks (600-750 class hours) as the average length of time for a student to achieve proficiency.
Is Italian is the first foreign language you are learning or maybe the second, the third?
If it is the second/third (or even fourth) foreign language you are learning, you might already have your favourite method of learning, you know how to find the right time to review.
Of course it mainly depends on how many hours you really spend in learning.
Starting and improving a foreign language needs a bit of patience.
Enjoy the process of learning and notice every improvement day by day; every little one gives you motivation to keep learning, following methods and plan you have chosen.
5. Tracking your process
Using a simple notebook writing the area you’re working on, for example, takes note of what activities you accomplish in a day or in a week.
You’ll feel great watching the evidence of your time spent with your target language improvement, day after day noticing your new skills, working consistently toward your language goal.
If you think that learning Italian is too difficult or maybe you don’t have a talent for language learning, just give it a try and above all find a more enjoyable way to learn it.