Ciao! For those of you that I haven’t “virtually” met online, my name is Rick and I’m an American living in Rome. I write a popular blog about life in Italy as an expat—never a dull moment, I promise!
Every single day I get emails from “jealous” readers who ask various questions about “la dolce vita in Italia.” Many of these questions focus on learning the language.
We all know that the best way to learn any language is to live in a country where it’s spoken. But sometimes that isn’t an immediate option. So the question that ultimately arrives to my inbox is:
“What’s the best way to learn Italian if you don’t live in Italy?”
After trying every method out there, I have the answer to that question: a good software program. And the current industry standard is Rocket Italian. Hands down, it’s the best Italian language software that you can buy today. Not only that, but they offer a 60-day no questions, no hassles guarantee.
Several years ago, before I lived in Rome, I had decided that I wanted to learn Italian. Like most people, I figured the best way was to sign up for a class.
So I did. After one full semester I was frustrated, because my progress was almost zero. Sure, I had memorized some vocabulary, and became familiar with the grammar rules. But I couldn’t actually use the language.
Anyway, after wasting six months in a boring classroom, I totally gave up on the idea of ever learning Italian. And so I put it aside indefinitely. (Sound familiar?)
Then several years later, I made the decision to move to Rome to live. NOW I had a whole new motivation, and I was determined to conquer the language before I arrived in the Eternal City!
The Best Language Learning Software for Italian
For this second attempt, I opted to buy a language software program. The truth is, I might have (mistakenly) signed up for the class again, but lucky for me I was working too many hours at the time, and couldn’t find a class to fit my schedule.
On the other hand, the software allowed me to study Italian on my own schedule, which was mostly at night and on the weekends.
It was also cheaper than the lessons at the language school. And the software came with a money-back guarantee—the language school did not.
How to Speak Italian in 3 months
For 3 months I used the software every day for half an hour, hardly ever missing a session. If I did miss one, I doubled up on the weekend.
Guess what? Yep, by the time I arrived in Rome, I had finished the entire software course…AND I could speak Italian! Yes, actually speak it, not just mumble a few common words.
OK, I wasn’t perfectly fluent, and I still needed to work on my accent. BUT…I could communicate effectively in any given situation.
I still remember what a great feeling it was, walking into a coffee bar and chatting with the barista while he made my espresso! Hard work doesn’t seem so bad when it pays off in the end.
Advantages of Rocket Italian over other methods
When you actually compare learning methods side by side, it’s a wonder that anybody would choose classes, a workbook, or audio lessons. Those are all great supplements, but as a primary method, they all fail.
Here’s just a few of the benefits that Rocket Italian offers:
- A proven structure to follow instead of random lessons that often don’t correlate to each other.
- Practice on your own schedule. Pick a time when you’re feeling motivated, and never worry about missing a lesson due to scheduling conflicts.
- Practice at your own speed. Not possible in a classroom, because all students learn at a different pace.
- Incorporate all forms of communication: reading, writing, listening, and speaking. Tie them all together for unity and continuity.
- Take it with you on the go. Your “classroom” is wherever you have a laptop, tablet, or smartphone. NO excuses for missing a lesson.
- The software makes it fun with games, quizzes, and multimedia.
Save time, save money, get results
Listen, I’ve tried literally every other method, from books, to CDs, to private lessons, to university courses. Those other resources have their individual merits, but if you want to be able to actually USE the language, then Rocket Italian software is by far the best.
And in case you’re worried about wasting your money, fear not, they have a 60-day no questions, no hassles guarantee. You can get your money back for ANY reason, even if you decide that you “just don’t have the time.”
By the way, I’m here for you, too. If you have any questions about the program that their support staff can’t answer for you, just drop me an email. I’m happy to offer my advice and experience.