Italian, as we know, is the official language of Italy. It is also the official language of San Marino and Vatican City. Besides, it is also spoken in many of the neighboring nations of Italy like Switzerland, France, Croatia, Slovenia, etc. Nowadays Italian speakers are scattered across the globe. There are approximately about 63 million native and non-native Italian speakers in the world. Italian, a Romance language, descended from Vulgar Latin and it is based on the dialect of Florence. Italian sound system is almost similar to Spanish. At the age of eighteen, you have become a young adult. By this age, you are and will be able to learn new things by yourself. So let’s check the easiest ways to learn Italian when you are 18.
What will help you learning Italian early on
Italian alphabets are almost similar to English with twenty letters. As the letters are similar you might think that you will be able to read Italian words already. But the way Italian words are pronounced is different from that of English words. Learn how the letters are pronounced. There are many audio and video tutorials on the internet that will help you learn how to pronounce the letters correctly. Once you have a thorough knowledge of the alphabet you can start learning Italian vocabulary. Always start with a small set of words. This step will get rid of all the confusion and make the learning process easier for you. Unless and until you are familiar with that set of words never take up another set of words. There are a lot of both paid and free Italian vocabulary learning applications that you can install on your cell phones. Install a good-rated application and practice the exercises given. This is one of the best ways to learn Italian vocabulary as well as check your improvement on your own. Shortly, you will find yourself able to use random Italian words in any conversation.
Next, you need to understand and learn the rules and system of Italian grammar. Italian grammar is similar to other modern Romance languages. The rules of Italian grammar are indeed very easy. You can easily practice and learn it by yourself. One of the best ways is to get an Italian grammar textbook. Read and learn the rules and practice as many exercises as you can. You can also study Italian grammar without a textbook. There are abundant learning resources on the internet. You can get free Italian grammar courses, study materials, guides on the internet. There are also many YouTube channels that share free Italian language tutorials. You can connect with these channels and even request tutorials on particular topics. These tutorials are like a virtual classroom.
There are many other practical ways from which you can learn and improve your Italian skill. Watch Italian movies and dramas. Watch closely how the words are pronounced. You will definitely find yourself improving just by watching movies and dramas. And try imitating the way the words are pronounced in those movies you have watched. Another fun effective way is to listen to Italian songs, radios. Audiovisual resources are one of the best self-learning resources. Having casual conversations in Italian is another way of learning Italian effectively. Always be ready to start or join a conversation in Italian.
Like every other thing, learning Italian needs patience and practice. Be consistent, confident in what you are doing. You might lose patience but you need to motivate yourself and move on forward and never quit. Explore new practical ways that are effective in learning for you. Stick to one textbook, one mobile application, one YouTube channel and you will definitely get yourself rid of confusion and easily learn the language. It is only a matter of your effort and dedication which will lead you to speak Italian fluently within a very short period.