Want to learn to speak Italian? You have the following options:
- use a self-study course or similar resources
- join an evening class, or similar, in your home town
- take an Italian study vacation
- come to Italy for reasons other than doing a course, and hope you’ll just pick up the language
Any of these could be the right choice for you, and of course, it’s important that the way you choose to study suits your preferences and priorities.
However, if you want to reach a good level in a foreign language, you’re going to have to do a fair amount of work, and the more hours of study you manage, the faster your progress will be.
A study vacation will allow you to dedicate your time to learning, at least for a week or two. The progress that you might make in months of evening classes could be achieved in just a few weeks if you study more intensively.
What’s more, if you take evening classes at home, chances are you’ll be in a class with other people who share your mother tongue. It can feel unnatural to practise speaking Italian with classmates who you will speak your own language with before and after the class. That’s definitely not a problem with an Italian study vacation, where your classmates will be from different countries and so the “lingua franca” will be Italian.
Making friends, with whom you will comunicate only in the language you are studying, is one of the greatest benefits of taking a course abroad. Another one is the chance to fit in sight-seeing and gastronomy after your classes and at the weekend.
In short an Italian course in Italy is the ideal way to accelerate your learning, make new friends, and have an enjoyable (and different) vacation.