How to Learn Italian Fast : A Review of FluentSimple

Ask any English speaker worldwide which language they want to learn and more often than not the prompt answer will be Italian.

Ask them how they plan to learn Italian quickly, however, and the answer may not be so prompt.

Italian, one of the world’s most beautiful and romantic languages, is actually by no means the most difficult. What’s more, you can learn Italian quickly with the right mindset and, more importantly, resources.

I’m James from travel-lingual and in this post I will go through my top tips for learning Italian fast and my experience using Fluent Simple’s Online Italian Courses, Ripeti Con Me! (Repeat with Me) and Leggi Con Me!, (Read with Me). 

Before I get on to the course and its benefits/pitfalls, these are my top tips for learning and foreign language, including Italian, quickly:

1. Dedicate time to study each day

Like any new skill, language learning requires some degree of routine, especially if you are a beginner. Italian is no different!Put aside at least 30 minutes of each day to learn. When you do so, switch off your phone, get away from social media and incoming texts/news alerts – and apply yourself!

2. Be patient

CAN learn Italian fast, but you need to be patient. Very few great achievements are created overnight, and even the greatest linguists understand that there is a process which needs to be followed.Follow rule number 1 above and you will find yourself progressing in Italian more quickly than you may have expected.

3. Remember the rewards are amazing

Language teachers and coaches dedicate their life to languages because they are aware of the rewards that come after the hard work. Knowing how to speak Italian means exploring Italy’s rich, diverse and historic culture.

4. If it’s not working, change it!

Not every language learning method works for everyone. A free trial is a great way to test whether or not an online language course is right for you. It’s for this reason that I am so in favour of FluentSimple’s Italian courses and Stefano’s teaching style.Give it a go, see if you notice an improvement. If you do, great! If you don’t, you can try another course, and you haven’t spent a penny!

5. Listen, Speak, Read, Repeat

Ok, so I left ‘write’ out – but you get the idea. Language learning is about repetition. The more you listen, speak or read in Italian, the faster you will learn it.

If you are interested in the theory behind this process of repetition then I recommend the book How to Learn a Foreign Language.  

The Best Way to Learn Italian

So, above are my top tips for learning Italian fast, but I should make my opinion clear at this early stage that there is no specific best way to learn Italian.

In fact, the best way to learn any new language depends on the way we like to learn, as individuals. And everybody is different.

Personally, I like to be presented with real-life scenarios, visual aid, audio aid and a system or piece of software that allows me to learn at my own pace.

Some people may prefer an old fashioned Italian textbook (more on this later…)

For me it was important to find an Italian course that combined these features. When searching for Italian learning tips online, I was presented with an Italian course that enabled me to do just that.


Learning Italian with Fluent Simple

FluentSimple is run by Italian native and language learning coach, Stefano. At first glance I was skeptical of the website’s ability to teach me Italian quickly. It is one of the few examples where the dashboard and user experience is much neater than the homepage itself.

Language coaches like Stefano, teachers and other professionals today are competing with multimillion dollar language learning companies with slick websites. They are proven to have the best branding, sure, but by no means the best language learning methods. 

FluentSimple contains a number of really useful Italian language resources, including Italian Short Stories, News in Slow Italian, Italian Conversations and Italian grammar lessons.

In my opinion, learning Italian fast will not go hand in hand with juggling these resources alone.

However, there is good news…

Stefano’s signature Italian course, Ripeti Con Me! (Repeat with Me) is structured based on his own approach to learning the Italian language, through repeating and mimicking useful Italian phrases and sentences. With this language learning method, you learn not only how to speak Italian but also how to understand Italian. And that, when aiming for fluency, is crucial!

The slogan of this course is even ‘Stop Reading, Start Speaking!’ – something I think we can all agree is preferable! 

The other course, Leggi Con Me, (Read with Me) helps you develop your reading skills. Whilst this may sound boring – (well, it did at first for me!) – it’s a great way to improve your Italian vocabulary and start to build a vocabulary list.

Building a list of key vocabulary is a really important part of the language learning process. I know this from personal experience. The faster you are able to read Italian, the faster your Italian vocabulary will progress and the quicker you’ll be able to learn.

Ripeti Con Me combines a number of the features just mentioned, and enables you to go through the course, which is almost like a digital Italian textbook with audio – (albeit much more interactive) – at your own pace.

More on this in just a moment …

How to Learn Italian Fast Online for Free

Today, more and more people want to learn languages for free. Shock – Italian is no exception to the rule!

Something I really liked when I trialled the online Italian course Ripeti Con Me was that I was able to do so completely free. Yep, not a penny paid! Stefano provides a tonne of free Italian resources to cater for all learners.

Do you remember I mentioned earlier that we all learn differently? Well, I feel this has been taken into account in the free trial content. It includes a good mix of Italian basic Italian grammar exercises and useful Italian phrases for tourists, students and more casual learners like me. 

Yes, initially there is an element of learning how to say the basics such as ‘Do you speak English?’ learning to count from 0-10 or ‘I want’ in Italian, but the vocabulary and grammar on display here is so much greater and more extensive than that.

This section of the course also teaches you a little about Italian verb conjugations with key, useful verbs like ester (to be) and avere (to have), and masculine and feminine rules.

And all this without becoming overwhelming.

If you want to learn Italian fast and free online then you may be looking for some time; it’s hard to come by on most language learning websites now. Remember I mentioned the multimillion dollar language companies? Well, for many of them, grabbing your money is of a higher priority than teaching you the language quickly.

The Italian course Ripeti Con Me provides a really solid foundation from which to progress your Italian language skills and learn Italian as fast as possible.


The best way to learn Italian on your own with FluentSimple

When I finished my free trial I wanted to take my Italian to the next level. I wanted to use the vocabulary I had learned, the grammar I had practiced and the reading skills I had acquired in both Italian courses in order to progress.

So, I signed up to the Subscription Plan which unlocked a tonne of features and gave me full access to all content from all courses. This comprises up to 300 lessons!

If you are serious about learning Italian from complete beginner stage then you are likely to choose to do so on your own. After all, it takes two or more people to have a conversation in Italian. Without the ability to actually speak Italian, that conversation’s not happening!

I found that FluentSimple’s courses and its dashboard are very much set up for learning Italian on your own. Each lesson is made up of 3 audio files, the Italian transcript and the English translation.

The great thing about the lessons is that you do NOT need to:

Memorise whole sentences

Remember everything at once

Follow grammar rules

The initial login takes you through the portal (part of your browser so no plugin or third party tech required) and shows you how each lesson works.

You can adjust the speed if the audio is too quick, and you can even show or hide the Italian transcript depending on how comfortable you are listening to Italian.

Stefano speaks pretty slowly and I remember thinking:

“I’m getting it! I’m understanding Italian!” It’s a great feeling, and reminds you that Italian is actually quite easy to learn if you adopt the right method!

It became pretty clear to me that the course had been designed by a language learning expert, not a machine producing AI and swanky branding!

When you finish the lesson, you mark it complete and move on. You can also bookmark it in case you want to go back. It’s pretty simple.

Another aspect of the portal that I think is useful is the user’s ability to leave comments to ask and answer questions in Italian (or English). Stefano responds to queries or corrects you if you’re wrong, so he sort of acts as your Italian tutor throughout the process too. All of these features enabled me to learn Italian fast, which was my main goal when I started.

You can find more information on the subscription options here.

Summarising my experience learning Italian fast with FluentSimple

Overall, I have enjoyed my time learning Italian with FluentSimple. I am three weeks into the Ripeti Con Me and Leggi Con Me online Italian course and I have had a positive experience. I still have a lot of content to get through, but I can confidently say that my aim of learning Italian fast from scratch has been fulfilled!