Brandon Freitas
Is it possible
would it be possible to learn Italian if you just practiced on weekends for 1 or 2 hours every weekend ??

Taking into consideration I already know a bit of Portuguese 🇵🇹🇧🇷🇮🇹🇦🇺
May 31, 2020 11:00 AM
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If you're putting in 1-2 hours a week it would take an incredibly long time in my opinion. From what I understand the grammar is similar between the romance languages so I guess you have a bit of a head start depending on how much Portuguese you can already speak. I think consistency is important with learning anything, so it would be better off to spend 30 minutes per day, rather than 2-3 hours all on one day. Of course not all of it would have to be actively studying from textbook/class. There are lots of ways you can incorporate language learning into your daily routine (podcasts, tv series, youtube [eg i like watching makeup videos, so now i have switched to watching spanish channels], language learning discord channels, doing a few minutes on an app when you find yourself with a spare minute [eg I do memrise in between sets at the gym], even really tiny things like when i am cooking i try to name all my ingredients in my target language). Lots of these things only take a few minutes and can be slotted into your everyday life fairly easily.
June 1, 2020
I would say it's definitely possible. Italian isn't that difficult of a language if you already know spanish, english, Portuguese. Personally for me whenever I've learned an Italian word I never forget it. It seems to be in my opinion one of the easier languages to remember.
June 1, 2020
Hi Brandon,

It would be much more effective for you to get into the habit of practising at least a little bit every day. If you practise for just one or two hours every weekend, your progress will be much slower.

Of course, if you have one or two hours of Italian practice with a teacher on Italki every weekend and also do some daily practice on your own/with a language partner, then this could be good, But if you only practise for one/two hours every weekend and do no other practice for the rest of the week, then your progress will be considerably slower and less satisfying.

I think it is also a good idea to focus on only language at a time (ie choose either Portuguese or Italian) to avoid confusion between them/dividing your time between them.

If you already know some Portuguese (and English) you will find plenty of words that are similar. However, this doesn't change the fact you will need to practise regularly to improve.

If you find a good Italian teacher and follow this advice/the advice of your teacher etc, you'll make good progress.

Jamie (
May 31, 2020
we could do a language exchange for free Saverio

June 1, 2020
Everything is possibile 😉 Just try to make your own learning routine to keep you motivated and to help you to not forget what you've already learned. If you need help to learn italian, feel free to send me a message. I'm an italian tutor and i'll be glad to help you 😎
June 1, 2020
Brandon Freitas
Language Skills
English, Italian, Portuguese
Learning Language
Italian, Portuguese