Italian is a romance language spoken by approximately 60 million people living all over the world. In addition to being the official language of Italy, it is a primary language in Switzerland, San Marino, Malta, Eritrea and Vatican City. Large populations of Italians live in places such as the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia and Argentina. Omniglot Writing Systems and Languages of the World website says Italian replaced Latin as a popular language and every region of Italy has its own dialect of this language. The best way to learn Italian is combining various educational methods.
Textbooks and Workbooks
One of the best ways to learn Italian is by using textbooks and workbooks to learn the Italian alphabet, syntax and general grammatical information. Textbooks accompanied by workbooks help you practice the information, and practice is the only way to learn a second language. Many of these books also include CDs you can listen to that demonstrate how the language sounds. You can find these books at local libraries and book stores; you'll have to study at least three or four times a week to absorb this information.
Rosetta Stone is one of the best ways to learn Italian. Schools, businesses and people seeking personal enrichment depend on this program to build the basic foundation of a language--sentence structure. The Italian program includes three levels of CDs and an audio companion. This program works for people on the go because you can use the CDs in your car, and you can download programs on MP3 players. Interested people can purchase all three levels for $499 or purchase one set at a time for approximately $250 each.
Classes and Speaking Groups
Books and Rosetta Stone help you learn the basic structure of the language; however, interaction with other speakers is the best way to learn how to communicate in Italian. Many community colleges and universities have Italian classes. If you don't want to enroll in college classes can find out if local community colleges or universities offer personal enrichment courses that cost less than college-credit classes. If local institutions don't offer Italian classes or speaking groups, you can get together with friends and start their own language groups.
Watching Movies and Reading
Many people visit Italy to learn the language; however, not everyone can afford a plane ticket. One of the best ways to learn Italian at home is by watching Italian movies and television series and reading books, magazines periodicals. Combining all of these methods can help you in your quest to learn Italian. Movies are available at local movie rental stores, books can be found at book stores or libraries, and magazines and newspapers can be read online.
Based in Tucson, Ariz., Cicely A. Richard has been writing since 1996. Her articles have been published in the “Arizona Daily Star” newspaper and “ForeWord Magazine.” Richard earned Bachelor of Arts degrees in English and journalism from Louisiana State University. .