Learning to speak some Italian for hobby - any advice?

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Pythian
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I am not a particularly language(y) person, I don't think.

I have been to a few operas these past 2 years and I really want to start learning some Italian. I think its beautiful.

Any advice here? I find grammar books and huge vocab lists a bit daunting and not sure where to start.

I am planning to visit Rome in a months anyway - but in the meantime does anyone have advice.

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I'd say duolingo is a good place to start if grammar books and vocab is daunting to you.

Duolingo tests simple stuff at first, helping with memorisation in an interactive way which isn't overwhelming!
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(Original post by Qrki)
I'd say duolingo is a good place to start if grammar books and vocab is daunting to you.

Duolingo tests simple stuff at first, helping with memorisation in an interactive way which isn't overwhelming!
Thanks. Will have a go.
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Hi there!

Totally agree with the using website and apps like Duolingo, they set out the information really well and the fact it's interactive really helps. Something that has really helped me with learning languages is using resources made for children! These materials have to clear and concise and whilst you may feel a little silly at first, it's a great way of learning vocabulary and understanding how sentences are made. I'd also suggest finding some Italian tv programs: start watching them with english subtitles first and really listen to the language when they speak, switch to Italian if they say something you're particularly interested in and see how it was said. Once you've been learning awhile, you can start leaving italian subtitles on for longer and longer.

These are just things I've found useful in my time learning languages and thought I'd pass it on.
Best of luck, buona fortuna!
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