The main question that all students who want to learn a foreign language ask themselves is: how long will it take me to learn it?

As an Italian school for foreigners we can give you an answer based on our experience.

Undoubtedly it needs to be cultivated and studying a language also needs its attention. The time needed to learn Italian, or any other foreign language, varies from person to person, and depends on several factors. To name a few:

1. Previous Languages: If you already speak a Romance language (such as Spanish, French, Portuguese or Romanian), you may find some similarities to the Italian language, which could make your learning easier.

2. Previous experience: If you already have experience in learning foreign languages, you will be able to better interpret the grammatical structure and linguistic rules.

3. Time: Regular practice is crucial for effective progress.

4. Learning environment: If you are immersed in an Italian-speaking environment, you will have more opportunities to practice and you will learn faster.

5. Motivation: Your motivation plays an important role in accelerating your study.

6. Method: The way you approach the language can influence the time needed. Face-to-face lessons, online courses, apps, language exchanges and others can have different rhythms.

The Foreign Service Institute (FSI) considers the Italian language one of the easiest languages to learn. Unbelievable, but true! They classify Italian as a "Group One" language, meaning that a learner would spend almost 600 hours in the classroom to achieve basic fluency.

Just think: if you go to Italy for an intensive course and study 24 hours a day, you will reach basic fluency in just 25 weeks.

The Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) helps us:

- A1, Breakthrough
- A2, Waystage
- B1, Threshold 
- B2, Vantage
- C1, Advanced
- C2, Mastery

Basic user (A1-A2): Basic conversation skills are acquired, easy understanding and communication in everyday situations.

Independent user (B1-B2): a level of competence is reached in which it will be possible to participate in more complex conversations, understand TV and radio programs in Italian and read longer texts.

Proficient user (C1-C2): An advanced level of proficiency is achieved, which allows you to communicate fluently, understand academic and cultural discussions in Italian and write in an advanced way. Learning a language is a continuous journey, so don't be in a hurry and enjoy the process! Remember this Italian proverb: Patience is the virtue of the strong.

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