In our present day where so much has to be done and we are constantly looking for more time, we surely need to be productive and efficient! This matter of learning Italian fast may have come to your mind more than once.
We should not spend more time than necessary with any activity. And it’s a good practice to constantly monitor our progress in time. But in this age we live in, where all is required to be done as fast as lightning, we might be tempted to rush over our lessons and expect good results.
This is a case where more, means less. What do I mean by this? That trying to cover more in your learning of Italian (going faster than you should) may eventually results in less progress.
There is need of a balance that you have to discover for yourself. A sportsman must go through his training every day to be in conditions for archiving the goals of the competition. For him, there is no need to emphasis the importance of the training.
But we must call attention that, there must be a correct set of exercises for each session. It does not do well to train more than what the set plan establishes, and it is negative to train less. A slow and lazy training is not good, but going speedily over the exercises is equally bad.
So if you are on the right track, you will surely archive your goals. But how to know if you are going too fast or too slow? You must measure your progress. Keep an eye on what you have learned and the time it took you to do so.
As there are growth tables with percentile curves that illustrate the distribution of selected body measurements in children, this post attempts to give an idea on the time required to perform some basic activities in Italian.
If you are starting to learn Italian, here is a check list of some goals to keep an eye on:
1.) Read and understand stories for children: between 3 and 6 months.
2.) Listen and understand radio programs for children: between 3 and 6 months.
3.) Listen and understand the news broadcast. Between 6 months and a year.
4.) Read and understand the newspapers: between 6 months and a year.
5.) Read and understand a book: between a year and a year and a half.
6.) Watch and understand a movie without subtitles: between a year and a year and a half.
7.) Find a native Italian and try to hold a 10-minute conversation: between a year and a year and a half.
8.) Participate in discussions on social media reading and writing in Italian: between a and a half and two years.
9.) Find an Italian friend and call and message only in Italian: between a and a half and two years.
10.) Take a trip to Italy and interact with locals only in Italian: between a and a half and two years.
The time spent to archive these goals is only referential and it depends on an enormous amount of factors. Some of these factors are:
1.) The distance between your first language and Italian. If your first language is English, it will be easier for you to learn Italian compared to a person who’s first language is Arabic, for example. This list has been built considering English as your first language.
2.) Depending on the type of book, news, movie, or topics you want to discuss the requirements of your language skills will be different.
You can keep record of the approximate date you archived these goals. It will serve as an incentive and it will certainly track your progress. If you have already accomplished some of these, we would like yo hear about your experience. Feel free to leave a comment below.