Is Italian a hard language to learn?
Many people ask the question “is Italian a hard language to learn?” before starting their classes to try to figure out how much effort they would need to put in order to progress towards their goal.
Answering this question is not easy, as a language can’t be defined hard in general: there is a number of factors that affect the learning process and make it more or less difficult, depending on personal attitude, motivation, native language and many more.
On top of that, if you have studied another Romance language (for example French of Spanish) Italian would be easier as you have already faced some of the main difficulties.
Let’s consider the main aspects!
The Italian pronunciation is quite easy if compared with other languages: words are pronounced exactly as they are written, so once you learn some basic rules you can pronounce every word without exceptions. You won’t find the irregularities of the English language, where the same group of letters can be pronounced in different ways. It’s just a matter of practice!
In terms of grammar, there are definitely some complex topics to go through and practise, however the difficulty depends on how far these topics are from your native language. For example, in Italian nouns have a gender, which means that everything is feminine or masculine: this rule might be quite hard to apply, especially for those who are not used to it. On the other hand, this is not so tough for speakers of languages who have the same feature.
Italian is a Romance language coming from Latin: this means that it has a lot in common with other languages with the same root (for example French, Spanish, Portuguese). This closeness is very evident in the vocabulary, as many words are extremely similar. Besides, we have to consider that the English language, even though is coming from a different group of languages, borrowed many words from Latin, so you can find many similarities in words with a Latin origin.
Overall, we can say that there is a balance between all the components, as for other languages: everyone has a totally personal experience when learning a language that can’t be easily generalised as it depends on various circumstances.
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