I want to learn Italian – Four types of people


Maybe you have expressed this wish before: “I want to learn Italian”. I don’t know with what intensity these words have been uttered. But once you have pronounced those words with your mouth or in your head, presto, here we are! 🙂



When I started to get acquainted with all the resources that are available on the Internet to learn languages, I thought: “Surely in a few years, all of us will be polyglots!”. But thinking this more carefully, I came to the conclusion that not necessarily a person that has the resources to learn a language, will learn it!

So I have made a list of four different types of people. This list considers their attitude when it comes to learning a second language. In which of these four groups of people would you be when you expressed “I want to learn Italian”? Here is the list:

1.) The Joker: “I want to learn Italian… just kidding”. Not everybody wants to learn a second language, and that is reasonable. A lot of people feel comfortable just speaking their first language and they find no use in speaking a second one. I understand this point of view but I think it’s not the correct thing to do to set your back on the opportunity of learning a new language. A second language opens doors for you, and besides, it also is an excellent exercise for your brain.


2.) The Dreamer: Some people have always wanted to learn a second language, or even become polyglots, but it only is a kind of dream. They’re not willing to put in the effort to achieve this goal. Learning a second language requires time and discipline. Learning a second language is not like downloading an app to your smartphone. It’s not a one step task. A person that only dreams of learning another language but does not take action will never get there.


3.) The Go for it! Some people want to learn a second language and are willing to put in it all it takes to achieve their goal. But they do not know where to start! They can’t afford a private tutor and have limited resources to buy programs online. If that is YOU, congrats! You’ve come to the right place. Our site, learn-italian-language.com is built with all of you in this third group in mind! Here you will find a lot of free resources to start learning Italian. And we only recommend paid programs for advanced stages in your learning process.


4.) The very busy: we still have a group of people in mind that don’t pertain to the former groups. Those who want to learn a second language, are willing to put the work in, have limited resources and DO NOT HAVE TIME! If this is your case, we still have activities for you that you can incorporate into your daily routine. These activities will advance you in your learning of Italian. To read more about what you can do if you can’t set aside time to learn Italian during the week, click here.


So you and I can conclude that even thou there is abundance of resources, not everybody is willing to put in the work to learn a second language. To which group of people do you belong? Just remember that if you want to learn Italian, you will have no excuses from here on! If you’re willing to take action, click here!


24 thoughts on “I want to learn Italian – Four types of people”

  1. I have been learning Spanish for a couple of years, and have advanced quite a bit! But now I also want to learn Italian.
    I consider that I am in category number 3, but on occasions, I find myself in category number 4 because I am just too busy. You have some great ways to still learn for busy people like myself. Thanks for the post.

    1. Hello, Ms. Kay. If you have already been learning Spanish, then learning Italian will be much easier for you. It’s great to know that you want to learn Italian. Even thou you are sometimes very busy; don’t let that stop you from achieving this goal. If you ever need help, we are here to lend you a hand. Best wishes! 🙂

  2. Italian is one of the most melodious languages to the ear.
    And learning by singing is one of my favorites.
    Your approach is wonderful!

    1. Thank you very much for your kind words. I’m grateful for your support. Stay tuned, a lot of awesome things are coming to this site. All the best!

        1. Hi, Victor! Which Italian course were you taking?

          You could take a look at Duolingo. It’s a free online course and it’s very good. To read a bit more about it, click here.

  3. I definitely would love to learn Italian but I consider myself as one of the very busy types. Its quite unfortunate that I haven’t seen a program that fits into my time yet but that is not a discouragement. I had started with French earlier on in life but my interest switched to Italian and then I got busy, too busy actually. Thanks for the informative writeup though, I will keep working on finding a break even ground. Cheers

    1. Hi Samson! Thank you very much for stopping by my site and commenting. Not giving up your yearn for learning a second language despite your very busy agenda has been a key factor that indicates your outcome will be fluency in Italian and/or French!

      The fact that you’re visiting this site shows you have the drive to pursue this purpose. I say, give it a go! Click here to read an article you may find interesting.

  4. I think I dither between 3 & 4 in person type!

    There are some studies that recommend learning a new language as you get older – it keeps your brain active and sharp.

    With the methods suggested on your site, it will be a breeze to learn a new language; not at all like the dry method of a classroom!  

    What is the shortest amount of time someone has learned Italian using your resources?  Do you ask clients to give you this sort of feedback?  I tend to get competitive and would like to know the record to set myself against as I go through your resources.  I find that fun! 

    1. Hi Cath! Yes, an important section of population find learning languages in a classroom very uninteresting. The terms “dry” and “far from reality” suit some of the classroom methods very well!

      Being competitive and contrasting yourself against some record tables has its advantages. In that connection, you may find this post useful, click here to take a look at it!

      Keep well! Don’t hesitate to ask questions along your journey learning Italian. I’ll be right here waiting to lend a hand! All the best! 🙂

  5. I thing I belong to group 3 from those you’ve described. You have great information about learning Italian. When you do have the right mindset to put effort learning a foreign language, you’re wondering how to start, and if you haven’t any idea how to do that, you give up. When you get guidance where to find free Italian courses and how you plan and get the time needed to start learning, then you’re already in half way of your goal.

    1. Hi Kari! Thank you very much for your comment! That’s my intention with this site! I know how difficult it’s sometimes to find proper guidance when we’re learning a language. There is no “one size suits all” concerning languages, but having options to explore what makes you click is all important.

      Providing abundant free resources is also a key factor. Most students are on a tight budget.

      II wish you success on your journey learning Italian. Remember; write to me immediately if you encounter any difficulty or have questions related to your language learning process.

  6. Hi there, italian language is amazing, I had the opportunity to live in Turin as a child for two years, I am from Romania and is very easy for us to learn it because our language is Latin as well. I still speak it very well after 13 years that I left Italy. Good luck and all the best. 😉 


    1. Hi David! I have also spent some time in Turin, in Piossasco spefifically! It’s a cool place to live!

      Yeah, I would like to also study Romanian. I also speak Spanish, I am progressing learning French but I would like to become fluent in all the Neo-Latin languages. It’s quite an easy goal!

      Thank you very much for your comment! Keep well! 🙂

  7. Hello Henry, how are you?

    I hope you remember me, I love your site. I have always wanted to learn a second language about all Italian since my mother is Italian born very close to Milan.

    I place myself in the category “Dreamer”. Tell me what I have to do to be in category 3? I wait your answer. 

    Greetings from Buenos Aires. 

    Chau, amigo mio!


    1. Hi Claudio, my friend! It’s great to hear from you again! It’s always a pleasure!

      I have been a couple of times in Milan and I have enjoyed my days there very much! The last time I visited the city was during the Expo 2015.

      The Italian language must definitely bring you so many good memories from childhood. In fact, I can assure you that learning Italian, in your case, will be something very easy to attain, and here are my reasons:

      1.) You’re eager to learn the language. You’re emotionally involved. Even though you don’t know the language yet, Italian is already an important part of your being.

      2.) You’re familiar with the cultural background and idiosyncratic aspects of the language.

      3.) Your first language is Spanish. Italian and Spanish both are Romance languages. So you already have, I would say, more than half of the way covered. In your case, one of the easiest languages to learn is Italian!

      4.) You’re already bilingual: English and Spanish. For people that already know two languages, learning a third is way easier!

      So, probably of all the people who have stopped by this post, you’re the one that has the most advantage! I have expressed all this to encourage you! Italian is just one step away!

      To jump from person type 2 “Dreamer” to person type 3 “Go for it!” I would recommend to start with something simple, easy and fun! This would just take you 10 minutes a day (if you could devote more time to it, it would be fine too, but 10 minutes is a good start). I want to take you to a free, very popular platform. It will get you started with vocabulary, and hopefully get you exited about learning Italian. To check it out, click here.

  8. Hey there Henry! I like the vibe here – I feel inspired! I’m a number 4: “The very busy” – I’m lucky enough to be bilingual (English and Afrikaans) but I really would love to learn a third language! I did a TEFL course and in this course they mentioned that a student who is fluent in two languages can learn a third one easier than those who only know one language. I hope this is the case for me!

    1. Hello Nadia! Thank you very much for your comment! And I’m glad to hear that about this post!

      Yeah, in the world we live nowadays, we’re all kinda in that category. But what you mention, being bilingual is a huge advantage. Yes, being fluent in two languages will enable you to learn a third one easier.

      Take a look at some activities you can incorporate into your daily life, that won’t consume much time, but will help you improve your skills in a new language. Click here to take a look.

  9. Its so sad that I fall in the dreamer category 🙁 I have 4 years now trying to learn Italian, unfortunately, I don’t tend to put enough effort. One day I am working hard to learn the language, then I spend 2-3 months without thinking of it. 

    Thank you so much, from today I am going to put maximum effort , want to fall in the Go For It category. Speaking Italian will have a big impact to my job, however, I have been thriving to find an eligible platform for learning the language in vain. I have bookmarked your website and I am going to be a frequent visitor.

    1. Hi! I’m glad you have found my site and I would like to help you with this goal! There is a very important point and it’s that probably during these past years you didn’t have access to enough resources, or maybe the ones available were not appealing to you. I hope that from here on this may change! Let’s keep in touch!

  10. I ran across your post and looked in to catch your thoughts. You list 4 kinds of people who say they want to learn Italian. I am maybe number 5. I wouldn’t mind knowing it and then doing one of my bucket list tasks of going on an extended food tour in Italy, but I will never do it.  I studied French for 4 years and lived in Africa for 3 giving me a chance to develop fluency .  At the same time I learned the local language, Wolof.  It took all my time studying and working at it to develop my skills there.  Later I started on Mandarin Chinese and moved to Taiwan, Hong Kong and China for 30 years.  I have needed to study practically daily for that period of time to stay on top of it.  I am now tired and do not have the energy to put the effort into learning Italian properly.  Plus I am old and my memory and ability to learn new vocabulary is not what it once was.  Learning a language without making a full time job of it is a feasible task for a child or younger person.

    1. Hi! Thank you very much for your comment! You have made a very important point, and it’s that learning a language may demand full attention. I partly agree with you. But I also know that a lot of progress can be made incorporating into our life simple things that expose us to the target language: such as listening to radio for kids, or audio files with vocabulary (and listening over and over again). You’ll be surprised of the progress!

  11. You did such a marvelous work Henry! And thanks for your generosity in giving all of us FREE resources that we can take advantage of to learn the Italian language. To be honest, I love languages and I have always had the desire of learning a new one. My ONLY problem is time factor.

    My schedule is so tight that I don’t have enough time for myself even to have some good rest. So, I think I fall in the forth (4th) category. But I’m glad you made some provision available for those of us in the 4th group as well. I’m going to have a look at the link you left there so I will be able to see how I can, well, plan my activities in order to start learning Italian.

    I can’t wait to start. I know learning new languages open for you a door of many opportunities and I want to take advantage of this. Thanks for sharing this useful information with us.


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