Fluency in a year??

Ciao a tutti!

My goal is to become as fluent as possible in Italian within the next year (I have the next upcoming seven months off and won't be working due to maternity leave.) I'm a flight attendant for a major US carrier and would love to become an Italian "speaker" so I could fly Italy routes. They don't require for Italian to be your first language, but you have to be at least mostly fluent to qualify.

I took four semesters of Italian language classes and spent five months living in Roma in college so I have a very basic foundation. I'm starting Duolingo from the beginning.

I'm determined to learn and can devote several hours a week to learning- any and all tips or advice would be much appreciated!

Grazie mille!

April 27, 2017


Since you're going to need to be speaking in Italian, you'll want to really work on your speaking and listening, which unfortunately Duolingo does not help as much with. Start practicing speaking from the beginning. See if you can find an Italian conversation group in your area or talk to someone on a site like italki. A lot of people put off trying to have conversations because they're unsure of themselves, but it really doesn't take a lot to have a basic conversation, and you do have some experience to help you. Sometimes it's just a question of finding someone who will work with you and help you learn.

Also, try to immerse yourself in the language as much as you can. Spend a little time each day listening to Italian, whether it be watching a movie or TV show, listening to a podcast or the radio, videos on Youtube, whatever. Watch with subtitles at first if you need them. The important thing is to start training your ear to the sound. The more exposure the better, even if you have trouble understanding at first. It will get better with time.

Good luck!

April 27, 2017

With what you already know you should be able to go through the English learning Italian fairly quickly. It will be a good refresher and get you thinking in Italian again. Next go through the Italian learning English because in it you will be translating Italian to English which is what you really need to learn. The first comment by mmseiple is very good. Immersion is the key but is hard without living in the country. You probably have already had more grammar than Duo will give you but a review will be helpful. Buona fortuna!

April 28, 2017

i studied italian in my high school for 3 years as an academic study so i can say the best thing in italian that u are italian speaker from the first day (( you cant do this with other language)) so i think fluency in italian is easy .. you can do it , just requires persistence and everyday practice i am native arabic btw fluent english and now i am learning spanish , italian so you lets do it !

April 29, 2017

I started from scratch back in November, my aim is also to complete the tree in about a year. I tend to do one topic per week ( I think there are about 66 in total) Already I am starting to fall behind, even though I sometimes spend many hours per day. Its even harder now, summer is here which means less time to spend studying. I think you may need to be very very dedicated and disciplined, although there are those who claim to have finished in under six months. I dont know how. Also, my experience is that Duo should not be your only media for learning, You will learn hundreds of words, but little in the way of connecting them together. Goole will become a good friend.

April 27, 2017

I can help you : )

April 27, 2017

Try checking out the youtube channel, WeilĂ  Tom! Buona fortuna!

April 28, 2017

I think this video is full of very good advice:

Using the language in skype-exchanges with native speakers helps a lot.

April 28, 2017

If you're serious about learning be sure to have a varied diet of different learning resources, don't rely only on DL.

May 2, 2017

That is very good advice. If I had relied upon Duolingo for 100% learning, even after six months I would only have been able to talk about people and animals eating and drinking, in present tense only. I realised its limitations after the first month. Luckily for me I also attend language school, and use Skype to talk with Italian friends which has eccelerated my knowledge quickly.

May 2, 2017
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Ciao Isabella, search in your city a club or associations of person that want to learn Italian, so you will can do practice in my language. Possibly with someone mother tongue. Auguri

April 28, 2017

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    June 18, 2017


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