We are very happy to hear that you have made up your mind to learn Italian. Do you know how to say marvelous in Italian? Some of the world’s greatest works of art, architecture, and gastronomy are in Italy. It is also home to the greatest number of UNESCO World Heritage Sites, with 51. It has been a world crossroads for over 2,000 years. Also an enormous number of notable people have been born in Italy during its history. Roman culture is present in fields such as language, law, politics, religion, and art. Thus its influence continues to affect our lives until this day.
What a beautiful language
The Italian language is often called the language of “love,” “poetry,” and “song.” During the Renaissance period, the Italian language was fashionable at court. Therefore, Italian literature and art were too.
Italian, belongs to the Indo-European family of languages. It is a Romance language. This means it developed from Latin as did Spanish, Portuguese, and French. Of all Romance languages, Italian is considered to be the closest to Latin in terms of vocabulary.
Italian will surely open the door for you to a vast and rich cultural background. So, whatever your motives are, it’s delighting to hear that you want to learn this language. You might have an emotional bond with the Italian people. Or you may be planning to take a vacation to Florence or Venice. It would simply be “meraviglioso” to hear you in Italian from here on.
Preparing to learn Italian
So, let us jump into this Italian journey right away. A journey as well as learning a new language need some sort of preparation. And when we want to learn Italian, there is a framework that must be laid down. There are some important things you must know that can affect or help you reach the results you desire.
Attitude is very important in everything you want to learn. Your attitude affects your productivity. In simple words, your attitude makes your process of learning Italian to be fun or to be a burden.
Attitude is something you control. You decide how you are going to approach learning Italian. So it is important to keep in mind, that you are fully in charge of this aspect. And also that you have to pay special attention to it because it is crucial for your language learning.
Don’t let unmotivating, unconstructive criticism or negative results make you quit!
Each one of us is different. But it is quite natural, along with all the learning processes to feel stuck. Everybody goes through that feeling of no motivation and a negative attitude. Nevertheless, it is very important for you to fight back that mindset. To feel unmotivated requires no ability. But to keep encouraged, a lot of self-will is needed. Be one that fights back with determination and self-control.
Do not let negative comments from people around you, affect you beyond measure. Nevertheless, it is important to pay attention to constructive criticism. But discard comments from people just trying to make you feel upset. Most of them don’t have a useful point.
Do not let negative results affect you to the point of making you slow down your language learning. We learn from defeat and negative results. They help us to reorganize our strategy. They make us focus on our goals. Use negative results for your benefit and do not let them be an excuse to quit.
There’s no excuse to be bored
Viggo Mortensen played the role of Aragorn in the epic film trilogy: The Lord of the Rings. He expressed on one occasion: “There’s no excuse to be bored.” And that is exactly our point. Please, do not let that feeling bored hinder you from the pleasure of learning Italian.
Keep an eye on the things you do for learning the language. Do not stop searching for things that are interesting for you and that benefit your progress. There are no excuses for feeling bored. A recipe to avoid this is not to settle down to just one course! You will surely get tired of it, sooner or later. It is important to complete every course you start. But please alternate your learning with several resources. Try watching videos on YouTube. Give reading the news a try. Even listening to the radio could help. There is very useful and interesting material on the internet that suits all of us. Dedicate time to check them out!