How to study Italian more easily?
Italian is a Romance language of the Indo-European language family. Italian is an official language in Italy, Switzerland, San Marino, and Vatican City. It has official minority status in western Istria. It formerly had official status in Albania, Malta, Monaco, Montenegro, Greece and is generally understood in Corsica by Corsican speakers. It also used to be an official language in the former Italian East Africa and Italian North Africa, where it still plays a significant role in various sectors. It is also spoken by large expatriate communities in the Americas and Australia. Italian is included under the languages covered by the European Charter for Regional or Minority languages in Bosnia and Herzegovina and in Romania, although Italian is neither a co-official nor a protected language in these countries. Many speakers of Italian are native bilinguals of both Italian and other regional languages. It is a major European language, being one of the official languages of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe and one of the working languages of the Council of Europe. It is the second most widely spoken native language in the European Union with 67 million speakers and it is spoken as a second language by 13.4 million EU citizens. Including Italian speakers in non-EU European countries and on other continents, the total number of speakers is approximately 85 million.
Italian is not a difficult language for a native English speaker. According to FSI [Foreign Service Institute], Italian falls in Group 1, which includes Afrikaans, Danish, Dutch, French, Italian, Norwegian, Portuguese, Romanian, Spanish, Swedish. These are the languages that are closely related to English and therefore, would be rather easy to master.
With that said, if you still seem to face any difficulty due to difference in your native language, then here are my top tips to learn Italian easily:
Read and Write different kinds of literature
Practising daily is an important part of language learning. Practising different types of literature will make you gain versatile knowledge of Italian. Different genres of Italian literature and different modes of Italian literature make great practice material.
Watch Movies and Shows
A great way of learning while enjoying the process is simply by watching movies and shows. You can watch Italian movies and shows with English subtitles or English movies and shows with Italian subtitles.
Listen to Music and Podcasts
Another effective way of learning the language is to listen to songs in Italian and podcasts that interest you in Italian. Keep in mind that Italian is known as the language of music and therefore, its music has a lot to offer.
Test your knowledge
Once you practice regularly, you should also develop the habit of testing yourself. Attempt quizzes, written test or even viva. Basically, anything that would make you use your knowledge of the Italian language can help you test yourself.
Converse with others
Technically, this is also a method of testing yourself but since this requires a lot of confidence in yourself, it’s better to consider this as a separate method of practising the language itself. Actively engage or initiate a conversation in Italian with either natives or other students studying Italian.
Italian is a beautiful language, known to be the language of music. In my opinion, no language is truly difficult. Some language just requires a little more effort, time and dedication than other and hence, at the end of the day, the level of difficulty of learning a language is subjective. With that said, if the above mention tips are incorporated in your daily learning routine, then you can master Italian in no time.
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