Agreed that it's difficult. You will find that with more experience and understading of the grammer rules (which took me a long time) you will instantly identify it. Then you will be more likely to pick it up in real life as well. "bocca al lupo" as you continue your endeavors!
In english there is only "the" in italian there more articles
"Il" masculine singular
"Lo" masculine singular for word tnat start with "S" "Z"
"L' " for word start with A E I O U
"La" female singular
"I" plural of Il
"Gli" plural of Lo
"Le" plural of La