Have you ever heard about “magic recipes” that will let you learn a language, Italian included, in only 3 weeks? Or that will let you master a few sentences to manage every situation?
Well, in this article, I will explain why learning a foreign language is a long term process, a marathon that requires motivation, patience and dedication. But if you really want it, it is something that you can make real and be successful!
Learning Italian is a marathon
Learning Italian, like any other language, is a long process and takes time. Being able to speak another language can give great satisfaction when you start understanding and communicating, but it can also be frustrating when, after so much time spent on books, you still don’t feel comfortable with the language.
Anyone who is preparing to study Italian, or any other language, should start from this assumption: learning a language is not a fast race but is a marathon that requires time and dedication.
I often read articles where people write miraculous recipes about how to learn Italian in 3 weeks or the most important phrases to be able to get by in any situation.
These titles, or I should call them slogans, make me smile. How can you learn “all Italian” in 3 weeks? In 3 weeks, studying every day, you can “survive” with your Italian, but to master a language and to feel confident with that language is something very different.
From my personal experience, not only as an Italian teacher, but also as a language student, a basic recipe exists, but it is not miraculous and includes 3 important ingredients:
A plunge into the culture
Learning a language is harder: it is not just the ability to know how to put one word after another or to use the grammar rules in a suitable way. It is a plunge into new habits and traditions of people different from us.
Everybody knows that language and culture are closely linked. To fully immerse yourself into the language and to be able to completely understand it, it takes time, motivation and patience, and this is the reason why, reconnecting to what I wrote at the beginning of this article, I tend to distrust the “slogans” that we often find online, and I invite you to do the same.
As I already said, learning a language is a marathon, so do not rush.Enjoy this stimulating journey and I am sure you will not regret it. You will be rewarded for all your efforts and will be able to capture the essence of the language you learn.