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How to Learn Italian – Tip Number One

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In this learning Italian series on ItalyChronicles.com you will find a tips on how to learn Italian and on how to improve your Italian.

To get the most out of Italy it helps enormously if you know how to speak Italian.  Knowing conversational Italian can help your vacation in Italy go smoothly, help you avoid being ripped off in restaurants and even help you find a job.  And, of course, you will be able to make Italian friends, meet new people and get the most out of Italy.

The trouble is that learning Italian is not that easy and can be a slow process.  While I can speak and read Italian reasonably well, my written Italian is still no great shakes.  For the vast majority of those who want to learn Italian, being able to form a few sentences and understand replies is the first big step – learning to write in Italian is something to focus on later, if you want to, although many may never need to.

Here is tip one:

Learning Italian Tip Number One

1. Be patient with yourself.

Learning Italian Will Help You Get the Most out of Italy
Learning Italian Will Help You Get the Most out of Italy

Learning Italian can be a slow process, especially if you are not as young as you once were. Unless you are very lucky, you will hit a wall of frustration from time to time.

Maybe Italian pronunciation trips you up, of you cannot remember the Italian word for ‘x’,’y’ or whatever.  Or those complex Italian verbs have you tying yourself in knots – this happened to me until someone pointed out that most Italian verbs are not as complex as they seem at first sight – provided you know a little something.  What?  I’m not going to tell you in this how to tip, but will reveal it in a future post on how to learn Italian.

In the meantime, be gentle with yourself.  Don’t worry if your progress seems very slow. Don’t go around saying,’I’ll never be able to learn Italian’!

As a general rule, frustration can be a good sign that your Italian is improving.  While I am not certain why this is, at a guess I’d say it was because as you knowledge of Italian grows, you try to use more complex expressions often without realizing it.  If you get these more advanced new phrases and words wrong, you become frustrated and annoyed.  Really it is your  progress which leads to yout frustration.

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If you make a mess of some Italian phrase or another, don’t get frustrated and angry.  Sit back and tell yourself to be patient and remember that ‘frustration equals progress‘!

Patience is a virtue and is a great asset for those trying to learn Italian.

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