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I love spanish but I have to learn italian. Some motivation, please :(?

Yeah this might seem weird but whatever.. Basically, in school I have to learn italian for 3 years because I thought it'd be a great idea, but after 1 year I came to the realization that I don't really like it. Like, spanish and italian are similiar but also quite different, and I just like spanish way more. I don't know really know why.. I like pizza and yet..

What makes me even more sad is that my school never offered spanish, but next year they will. I am not allowed to switch to it, I've asked serveral times and they said no.

So, any good reasons to learn italian, or do I have to suffer for 3 years? I've thought about learning them both at once, but I already learn english and russian so (in school as well) .. 4 languages at once isn't healthy, I think xD :(

August 27, 2017



As you know, Italian and Spanish are super similar, they have a lexical similarity of 82%. Thinking long term, you know that if you put effort into your Italian studies for 3 years, you'll be much more equipped to learn Spanish. You can probably pick it up several times faster than you would have starting from scratch. And you'll know more languages, which definitely never hurts!

I don't know how to motivate you to love a language, but perhaps the useful aspects can be motivating.


I see that you already have an answer, but maybe some of my reasons may help. Think of this, Italian is its own unique language that opens you up to a whole new culture. You could use it to walk the streets of Florence, navigate through the canals of Venice, explore Tuscany, and much more. The country is home to the most UNESCO sites in the world. The country has had an amazing history, if you're into that, you could learn it from this language. You could use it to visit Pisa, Genoa, Milan, and Rome. It has amazing sites, you just have to look into it. If Italy isn't your thing, then why not San Marino, how about the Vatican City, or Southern Switzerland? It's spoken in all of these places, the food is also supposed to be amazing. It also has benefits for Spanish. If you learn Italian, Spanish will be much easier to learn. So try not to look at is as you can't learn Spanish, look on the bright side as you get to learn Italian. Italy has so much to offer that can't be acessed with Spanish, plus, you have your whole life ahead of you! So you will learn Spanish, but to get there, you'll have to take the amazing detour known as Italian! I hope this helped at least a little!


Italian is a very nice language and very useful. The culture, the country and the history are all very interesting, you should look into that. Think of it this way too: you'd be very knowledgeable in two (similar) languages, which could help you out in life, such as travel and work!

For Italian tips and resources here is a link. http://languagesenrose.tumblr.com/post/153056431931/the-ultimate-resource-post-italian


That link is really helpful, thanks ^^


I don't think anyone will be able to convince you that Italian is nice. If you can't weasel your way out of it you'll just have to grin and bear it. Try watching Italian comedies. Try reading Italian books, go to Italian restaurants! :)

I personally think that it sounds nicer than Spanish, and find the grammar (word-order in particular) far easier to grasp than in Spanish.

P.S.: Your English looks very good - what's your native tongue?


Thanks, I'll try that, maybe I can somehow convince myself >_<

And another thank you~ My native language is german and russian, although my russian is much worse due to me lazyass always using german when I don't know how to say something, ^^;


Viel Glück! Und gutes Gelingen. ;}

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Learn both! They're super similar!

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    I have heard some people want to learn Latin and I always thought that would be so daft. Who would you talk to? Yet its closest living form is Italian so it's like gaining an insight into an ancient language while at the same time learning a living language. As a person who speaks Spanish I can tell you I find Italian much more useful in gaining an insight into my mother tongue (English) than Spanish. So many times I'm thinking, "so THAT'S where that English word comes from!" I wish you wouldn't think of Italian as something to suffer through. I find that I like it better than Spanish. I also find that developing an ear for Spanish gave me an instant ear for Italian. And that works both ways. Italian is an excellent choice. You should make your best effort to learn it because it will make learning Spanish later effortless. I learned Spanish and French before taking Italian and it allowed me to enjoy learning Italian because it required almost no effort, so it's a pure joy. Learn Italian now and Spanish can be your effortless joy later. Good luck.


    After one year, I doubt your preferences are really all that well-formed. If you get a teacher you happen to click with this year, you could well find yourself liking Italian a good deal more. And in any case, given that your curriculum locks you in, undoubtedly your quickest path to Spanish fluency is to focus on your Italian as much as you can. There's a lot of mutual comprehensibility, so if you listen to a bit of Spanish now and again, you'll probably understand more and more of it. Then maybe when you've passed all the Italian tests you need to, you can think about bothering to speak it (which you'll probably already have acquired some ability to do by "listening osmosis").


    Well, I'm with you--much more interested in Spanish than Italian. But if you are stuck, then you'll have to make the best of the situation.

    Try reading some of your favorite books in Italian, if you have reached a sufficient mastery of the language: seeing how favorite situations or descriptions are translated into another language is enjoyable and helps keep you moving along.

    Try actively comparing the two languages: you can do the Duolingo Spanish for Italian speakers or Italian for Spanish speakers courses, or perhaps you can find a textbook in one language that teaches the other, or (rather like the first suggestion) find a favorite book in both languages and see how they compare. You can compare in this way right now online with this website, if you don't mind reading fairy tales; at the bottom of any story's page you can request a dual-language copy of the story, Spanish and Italian included.

    Best of luck! If something really helps keep you motivated, please let us know. (I started Italian on Duo because my brother wanted to learn it, but when he stopped, so did I--but with enough work put into studying it that I really should get back to it one of these days.)


    Try studying Italian through Spanish on Duolingo. You get the language you love, and can learn the language you hate.


    Oh never thought of that! Great idea :')

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