Italian could probably be considered the direct descendant of Classical Latin spoken in the Roman Empire, at least in terms of vocabulary. Although there are a few other Latin languages that could very well contest this title (such as Romanian, which kept the closest declension rules as Classical Latin or Sardinian which kept most of the phonology) Italian remains the leader of the pack in what regards Latin languages.
Spoken by over 70 million people worldwide (most of them Italian natives of course) the Italian language consists of several dialects which are very close in vocabulary and grammar, but differ slightly in phonology. The Italo-Dalmatian dialect from Southern Italy, the Tuscan dialect or the Gallo-Italian dialect from Northern Italy are 3 such examples.
Learning Italian online
The Internet provides a large variety of sources where you can learn Italian from, including free Italian online lessons, live Italian language videoconferences, downloadable books or “Learn Italian” courses and so for. Depending on the level of difficulty you need, you might want to search out some of the sites offering these services but be aware that the quality level of the lessons also varies dramatically. You’ll be better off studying all your options thoroughly rather than simply charging into the first site you find on Google for the keyword “learn Italian course”.
You should set a few priorities for yourself when looking after one of these sites. First of all, determine how much time and money you can spend on their services. Learning takes quite some time and the prices may vary a lot. For example, a video conference lesson will obviously be more expensive than your average downloadable “How to Learn Italian” course book.
It’s best to scoop around and try to find people that have used a particular site’s services before actually buying them yourself. Just because the site says that you’ll ”receive quality courses” doesn’t mean that it will actually go down that way. If another one of their users could enforce those promises, then you might want to try out their services.
Alternative ways of learning Italian
Another way to increase your Italian language learning speed other than taking free Italian lessons online or subscribing to the many „Learn Italian” courses that you can find on the World Wide Web, you might want to try some slightly more relaxing alternative learning methods. For example, vocabulary games can be a great way to boost your Italian word pool and playing them could also prove to be a means of relaxation. Although their main purpose is to improve vocabulary, you will also get a better grasp on Italian spelling and possibly pronunciation as well and we all know that when we learn something for fun, we learn it better and faster.