Is Italian hard?

So what’s involved if you want to learn Italian… and is it hard?!

  • Italian is descended from Latin and is related to Spanish, Portuguese and French. (Once you’ve mastered Italian, the others are really not that hard to grasp.)
  • A lot of the vocabulary is quite familiar to speakers of English, as we also have many words of Latin origin. (What do you think these words mean: “società”, “importante”, “conversazione”, “magnifico”?)
  • The pronunciation is quite straightforward: most of the sounds of Italian also occur in English. Just roll your “r”s and don’t be shy: gesticulate generously!
  • The language is largely written the way it’s pronounced – there are just a few clear rules, so it’s easy to read and write.
  • The basic grammar is not that hard – you can easily pick up enough for everyday conversations!
  • It becomes a bit harder when you start looking at some of the verbal constructions (tenses etc.), but once you have mastered these in one Latin-based language, you will find that the other languages are very similar.
  • Italian has a lot of dialects, but the standard language (based on the speech of Florence) is understood across Italy.

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