https://www.duolingo.com/TheJackdaw

Finalmente ho finito il mio albero d'Italiano, ed è totalmente in oro!

It wasn't easy. It took me 494 days of slow and constant work, but I finally got there (As this was my first language course I deliberately took my time)! I am by no means fluent, but I have a far better grasp on the language than when I started. I still have a lot of work to do to keep up, but for now there only remains one question: Shall I tackle Spanish or French next?

-J

March 22, 2015

30 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/jdenney99

Congratulazioni! Taking your time is definitely a good thing as it helps you to really learn the language, and amazing job on your streak! Since I'm currently learning Spanish, I would suggest that for you, but French is a great language too. Hope you continue to enjoy learning here on Duo! :) Ciao!

March 22, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Lingophilic

Congrats! I think you should tackle Spanish next; it is very similar to Italian (I speak Spanish, and am learning Italian on Duolingo) so you'll find that Spanish should be easier to learn (especially since it is grammatically more simple). Not to mention that Spanish is one of the most spoken languages in the world and will open the gates to many fascinating and influential cultures in the world.

¡Ven a aprender el español! Ojalá que empieces aprender (en mí opinión) el idioma más hermoso y fascinante.

March 22, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/slogger

Congratulations from one who is not there yet. Well done! Please accept some lingots.

Either French or Spanish would be great. I love French, but Spanish may be more useful in the U.S.

Don't drop the Italian completely, though. Now is the time to consolidate your gains.

March 23, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/TheJackdaw

Thanks. I should have perhaps made myself clearer. I plan on continuing to practice Italian in addition to Irish and whatever the next language I choose

March 23, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/slogger

You're welcome. Sounds like a winner. Not that I'm trying to plan your future, or anything, but you could try the English for Italian Speakers or Spanish for Italian Speakers course to keep your Italian going here on Duo. . . . For what it's worth, of all the languages offered here (beta or higher), if I were starting from scratch, I'd study German or Swedish.

March 23, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/MABBY

Irish is where I'd want to go next, too, but I have a hard enough time keeping the Italian straight.

March 23, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/TheJackdaw

Irish is a challenge for certain! It isn't structured like the romance languages and spelling can be really counter intuitive. Give it a try though. It can be fun.

March 24, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/El_Gusano

From my own personal experience, Spanish is far easier than French. But I love the way French sounds so now I'm working on that tree as well.

March 23, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/pabos95

Italian and Spanish are far more similar than French and Italian, so I suggest you to learn Spanish next since many words are very similar to Italian.

March 23, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/robin4duo

Hello Jackdaw, great achievement! I aim to finish the Italian tree in a month or so, started about 2 months ago. Your streak is really fantastic, keep going. One of the suggestions I have seen in another discussion on the forum was to start the reverse tree, i.e. English for Italian speakers. Just to get a different touch of the language. I actually plan doing it as well - double challenge as neither Italian nor English are my first language. Congrats!

March 23, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/MABBY

I'm dong the reverse tree and have this to suggest to you: Turn off the microphone setting, or you'll "learn" how to say a bunch of English phrases aloud in English!

So far I've learned one new Italian word from the reverse tree: "Il granchio" is the "crab".

March 23, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/TheJackdaw

Thanks everyone! I think I'll be starting Spanish today. I like the reverse language idea. Maybe I'll try it later.

March 23, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/OHHHHTHATSABINGO

Spanish will be easier, considering there are a lot of similarities between Spanish and Italian.

March 25, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/mmctigue

Bravo!

March 23, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/MaePpz

Congratulations! Hope I can finish the Italian course, too. I installed this app in 2013 but became active just last week. What did you do, aside from using Duolingo, to learn Italian? Please share some tips! Thanks!

And for your question, I heard that Spanish is the second language in America. So, it will be more useful if you tackle that first, just saying. :)

March 23, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/TheJackdaw

It sounds a little silly, but to learn a language you have to want to learn a language. Commit to the idea. Above all, keep the streak alive and push yourself. You're playing the long game. When Duo offers you the chance to start translating, take it as soon as possible. I've tried to watch Italian movies with the subtitles off, listened to music and read. For me reading is particularly useful.

March 23, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/MaePpz

Thank you for the advice and tips :)

March 23, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Mike202312

Sounds like great advice. Would you kindly recommend some book titles that are challenging without being impossible for a beginner?

March 25, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/TheJackdaw

ummm...Unfortunately my "Challenging but not impossible for a beginner" books have been Leonardo Da Vinci's notebooks, "La Divina Commedia" by Dante Alieghieri and Machievelli's "Il Principe". You might want to ask someone else...

March 25, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Mike202312

All interesting reads but I see what you mean. Thanks.

March 25, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/TheJackdaw

I'm a big fan of diving in at the deep end.

March 25, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Ikaras1203

Io non ho paura by Niccolò Ammaniti is a good read from a child's perspective so the sentences are short and learners friendly for the most part.

From wikipedia: The story is set during Italy's "Years of Lead", a time in the 1970s riddled with terrorism and kidnapping, and tells the story of a ten-year-old boy who discovers a terrible crime committed by the entire population of his southern Italian town.

March 27, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Ikaras1203

I would suggest you to lurk www.rai.it (install rai news and rai tv apps on android and iphone if you want). I also have installed HelloTalk and started to translate italian texts here on Duo. If you go with Rai.it I would suggest 2 shows (Una mattina, La vita in diretta) which are 2 news shows. I don't understand them really but it really help grasping words along your learning journey. Just check the Rai Replay section (Rai 1). Once you get more advanced, there is the show L'eredita which is a game show which are strong with vocabulary. you could learn a lot of new words as they also appear on screen.

Hope this will help you with your journey!

March 27, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Mike202312

Both excellent suggestions that I will follow. Thank you!

March 27, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/valeiltale

Ottimo lavoro! Io sto studiando il francese con Duolingo e aiuta molto per la parola scritta, mentre per il parlato c'è moltissimo materiale in francese. Lo spagnolo dovrebbe essere un pò più semplice ed è più diffuso nel mondo. In entrambe le lingue il fatto di avere un "core vocabulary" in italiano ti sarà di grande aiuto. Scegli quella che ti appassiona di più.

March 24, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/TheJackdaw

Grazie per i tuoi buoni consigli. Ho intenzione di studiare entrambe ma penso che Spagnolo è una scelta migliore per iniziare.

March 24, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/funnypandas48

Do Spanish it is a great language to learn!

March 25, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/OHHHHTHATSABINGO

Finally I have finished my tree of Italian, and it is totally in time...... Is this the correct translation?

March 25, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/TheJackdaw

Mostly correct. " I finally finished my Italian tree and it's totally gold". 'Time" would be "ora" "tempo' or "volte" depending on context.

March 25, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/OHHHHTHATSABINGO

thank you

March 25, 2015
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