To begin what? This is my first post charting my passage to a new world of speaking in Italian. Hopefully. I have set myself a challenge to learn Italian. I have done this for two reasons:
- Whenever I visit Italy I feel inspired to want to speak the language in order to enjoy the country as more than a tourist.
- Learning a language is a challenge I have no idea if I can achieve. So it is a real challenge. Failure seems more likely an outcome than success.
This brings me onto a definition of success. After all, I would hope I could learn more than the ability to order a meal. So my dream is to learn Italian sufficiently to be able to live and work in Italy. I think perhaps realistically I will get somewhere in-between. But I want to give it a go and see what happens. Challenges that you know you can do are not challenges at all. I am under no illusions, this will be very difficult for me and there will be many times when I’ll doubt myself and think of giving up.
I hope this blog will provide an account of how I progressed, how long it took. The Internet has many examples of people asking how long it will take to learn a language and there is nothing more demoralising than the “10, 000 hours of practice to master a skill” response. So perhaps this blog will offer a more useful and practical answer.