The Rosetta Stone Challenge - Italian

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The Meaning Of Fluency
Levels of Mastery
When Will I Master the Language?
Where Should I Learn?

When Will I Master the Language?

Language is like any other skill: some people are proficient in languages, while others are better at math, science, or music. Everyone has the potential to learn, but the fact is that some people are just more capable of learning language than others.

Generally speaking, the younger you are when you are introduced to the language, the better. Babies are like sponges and are born with an unlimited capacity for learning anything - including languages. As they grow up, their minds gradually lose the capability to hear and produce sounds in the languages that they are not exposed to.

I'm not a child, so I'm out of luck, right?

This does not mean that an adult cannot learn a new language. It just means adults will have to work harder at it, and it is likely that he/she will never develop a perfectly good native-like accent. How much you study and where you study are the factors that you have the most control over, so if you really want to master a language, you'll need to focus on these.

For example, if you live in Spain or some other Italian speaking country for a year, you will certainly be more advanced towards the end of that year. If you're not living in a Italian speaking region and not attending a class, the amount of time it will take you is difficult to estimate. Any variations in how many classes and how often/much you study will affect how quickly you reach your goal.

How much time is needed?

The amount of time needed to master a language depends on the language you're studying, as well as your native language. Some languages are, generally speaking, more difficult than others, and thus take more time to master. But as you continue in your studies, keep in mind the old Chinese proverb: "Don't mind going slow, as long as you keep going."