In our fast-paced world, we’re always on the lookout for ways to be more productive and efficient, am I right? But have you ever found yourself in a situation where you need to learn Italian ASAP? Maybe you’ve got a job interview coming up, or you’re planning a trip to Italy, and you don’t want to be caught sounding like a fool.
Well, I’ve got some tips for you! If you’re in a hurry to learn Italian, keep on reading. And if you’re not, well, you can still stick around, maybe you’ll pick up a thing or two.
Keep track of your progress in learning Italian
It’s a good practice to constantly monitor our progress. All our goals should be framed with timelines. And that’s even more valid in this age we live in, where all is required to be done as fast as lightning. But even though the above things are true, they may lead us astray, tempting us to rush over our lessons and expect good results.
This is a case where more, means less. What do I mean by this? That trying to cover more in your learning of Italian (going faster than you should) may eventually result in less progress.
Neither too fast nor too slow
There is a need for balance. And you have to discover the exact point by yourself.
A sportsman must go through his training every day to be in good shape for his competition. He knows how important his training is. There is a set of exercises for each session. It’s negative for his performance to train more than what the set plan establishes. He wants to avoid fatigue (and so do you in your journey learning Italian). And it’s also negative for him if he trains less.
Concerning the intensity of his training there is also a proper balance. Slow and lazy training is not good, but going speedily over the exercises is equally bad.
So, returning to our learning language goal, if you are on the right track, you will surely get there. But how to know if you are going too fast or too slow? You must measure your progress. Keep an eye on what you have learned and the time it took you to do so.
Here is a referential timetable
As there are growth tables with percentile curves that illustrate the distribution of selected body measurements in children, this post attempts to give an idea of the time required to perform some basic activities in Italian. This timetable is derived from my own experience learning Italian and from watching other family members and friends do so too.
It’s also intended to serve to calm you down if you’re stressed thinking you haven’t progressed enough. Or push you to get over to your books if too much time has gone by.
If you are starting to learn Italian, here is a checklist of some goals to keep an eye on:
1.) Read and understand stories for children: between 3 – 6 months.
2.) Listen and understand radio programs for children: between 3 – 6 months. Click here to go to some sites where you can listen to radio programs for children.
3.) Listen and understand the news broadcast. Between 6 months – 1 year. Click here to listen to a news broadcast in Italian
4.) Read and understand the newspapers: between 6 months – 1 year. Click here to read newspapers in Italian.
5.) Read and understand a book: between 1 year – 1.5 years. Click here to read some recommendations concerning book selections for learning Italian.
6.) Watch and understand a movie without subtitles: between 1 year – 1.5 years.
7.) Find a native Italian and try to hold a 10-minute conversation: between 1 year – 1.5 years.
8.) Participate in discussions on social media reading and writing in Italian: between 1.5 years – 2 years.
9.) Find an Italian friend and call and message only in Italian: between 1.5 years – 2 years.
10.) Take a trip to Italy and interact smoothly with locals only in Italian: between 1.5 years – 2 years.
Factors that could influence the time it takes you to learn Italian
It’s always nice to compare your progress with others. But it’s also true that each one of us has a different learning pace. The time spent to archive these goals is only referential and it depends on an enormous amount of factors. By no means this table is set in stone. Some of these factors are:
1.) The distance between your first language and Italian. If your first language is English, it will be easier for you to learn Italian compared to a person whose first language is Arabic, for example. This list has been built considering English as your first language.
2.) The type of book, news, movie, or topics you want to discuss or use to measure your progress. The requirements of your language skills are completely different based on the content you’re targeting.
3.) The amount of time you have at hand to expose yourself to Italian every day. Learning a language requires exposure.
We encourage you to keep track of your progress. If you’re effectively learning faster than what has been presented in this table, congrats! If you’re going slower, it’s a warning that probably some adjustments could be made. We suggest you write down the approximate time it took you to conquer each one of these 10 goals listed in this post.
If you have already accomplished some of these, we would like to hear about your experience. Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments below.