Our Method

Have you ever tried to learn Italian before? 

Have you used all the apps? Have you tried the big name brands out there who offer Italian courses and programs? 

Did you put in countless hours of hard work and study to find that you still struggled to actually speak and understand Italian?

From our experience, the answer is very likely “Yes!” 
At least that’s what we hear from many of our thousands of elated students who tried everything else before they found Italy Made Easy.

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If you feel or have ever felt dejected after years of “failure” with learning Italian, let us first say this:  YOU ARE CAPABLE OF SPEAKING ITALIAN FLUENTLY! What you need to know is that it wasn’t YOU that failed, it wasn’t YOUR fault, it was the methods you used that FAILED YOU!

Why Do Other Methods Fail?

There are many reasons why other approaches to language learning fail you as a language learner. Some of them may seem very familiar to you. They might be the reason why you gave up on your Italian dreams in the past… 

But rejoice! 

The “Italy Made Easy Methods” combines the best aspect of most other methods, removing what is pointless or harmful to your success, or just pedagogically wrong! 

TEACHING ITALIAN IN ITALIAN

This is a big one that we commonly see online! While some people argue that this is a great way to improve your listening and comprehension skills, the fact is that you shouldn’t be “practicing your listening skills” with explanations in Italian about concepts that you need to understand and learn.

This is a very inefficient way to learn a language as your brain will devote more resources to focus on understanding the words that are being said rather than absorbing the important information that you are supposed to be learning.

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TEACHING ITALIAN IN ITALIAN

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This is a big one that we commonly see online! While some people argue that this is a great way to improve your listening and comprehension skills, the fact is that you shouldn’t be “practicing your listening skills” with explanations in Italian about concepts that you need to understand and learn.

This is a very inefficient way to learn a language as your brain will devote more resources to focus on understanding the words that are being said rather than absorbing the important information that you are supposed to be learning.

Moreover, if your Italian is already good enough to understand the explanation of a grammar or verb concept taught in Italian, then by logic you shouldn’t need the explanation, right?

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Using a “one size-fits-all” approach to learning

As any linguist worth their salt will tell you, speakers of different languages have different needs, challenges and advantages when learning a new language.

Using a “one-size-fits-all” approach cannot possibly address your specific needs as an English speaker. Even if the course, app, or program is delivered in English, it doesn’t mean it is designed specifically for you.

Focusing too heavily on grammar

Let’s be honest- no one likes grammar. Don’t get us wrong though, grammar is a very important part of learning a language but it shouldn’t be the main focus.

Memorizing strict grammar rules and countless verb conjugation tables is enough to overwhelm anyone! Focusing too much on grammar takes away from the real goal of learning a language… actually SPEAKING it!

You are often on your own - alone

Whether you have tried to learn Italian online or in a classroom setting, the story is usually the same: You are just one number among many and don’t have the support or encouragement you need to excel in Italian.

This can lead a lot of students to lose motivation when they feel confused, lost or left behind, and sadly, they may just give up altogether. Your success in learning Italian should be the goal of any legitimate Italian course or app, but unfortunately more often that not, it isn’t.

Using a “one size-fits-all” approach to learning

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As any linguist worth their salt will tell you, speakers of different languages have different needs, challenges and advantages when learning a new language.

Using a “one-size-fits-all” approach cannot possibly address your specific needs as an English speaker. Even if the course, app, or program is delivered in English, it doesn’t mean it is designed specifically for you.

Focusing too heavily on grammar

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Let’s be honest- no one likes grammar. Don’t get us wrong though, grammar is a very important part of learning a language but it shouldn’t be the main focus.

Memorizing strict grammar rules and countless verb conjugation tables is enough to overwhelm anyone! Focusing too much on grammar takes away from the real goal of learning a language… actually SPEAKING it!

You are often on your own - alone

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Whether you have tried to learn Italian online or in a classroom setting, the story is usually the same: You are just one number among many and don’t have the support or encouragement you need to excel in Italian.

This can lead a lot of students to lose motivation when they feel confused, lost or left behind, and sadly, they may just give up altogether. Your success in learning Italian should be the goal of any legitimate Italian course or app, but unfortunately more often that not, it isn’t.

IGNORING GRAMMAR ALTOGETHER

While grammar should not be the focus of your learning journey, many methods totally ignore grammar, giving you no understanding of why something is done in a certain way. As adult, intelligent, curious learners, we are much better off knowing how a language works and the reasons why something is said in a way or another.


Grammar gives us a structure we can follow. Grammar gives us confidence.
The right amount of grammar, without the usual “fear factor” – typically students are punished for mistakes (what a silly concept!), will help you move faster.

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IGNORING GRAMMAR ALTOGETHER

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While grammar should not be the focus of your learning journey, many methods totally ignore grammar, giving you no understanding of why something is done in a certain way. As adult, intelligent, curious learners, we are much better off knowing how a language works and the reasons why something is said in a way or another.


Grammar gives us a structure we can follow. Grammar gives us confidence.
The right amount of grammar, without the usual “fear factor” – typically students are punished for mistakes (what a silly concept!), will help you move faster.

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Relying on memorization of vocabulary and set phrases

Apps and phrasebooks are major culprits for this. While many apps may be great for learning a ton of vocabulary, their use doesn’t really help you when you want to express yourself naturally and all you can say are random, isolated words!


Likewise, courses that get you to memorize set phrases may be OK to order a coffee or buy a train ticket (even if somewhat robotically), but in the real world, language is unpredictable and fluid, so the chances that someone will respond with the exact answer you memorized is not very high!

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No exposure to real,
authentic Italian

This one lets a lot of people down and is a common, unfortunate experience of many learners of Italian. Say you’ve been studying Italian for a while now, you’re feeling confident and excited about your upcoming trip to Italy, then you arrive and can’t wait to show off your apparent Italian skills.

What happens? With shock, you realise that you can’t understand or can barely follow anything that anyone is saying to you! They speak too fast! They have different accents! They use unfamiliar words! How utterly devastating…

Very few, if any, courses and programs actually expose their students to authentic, everyday spoken Italian, or at least nothing beyond snippets of single phrases or dictated passages – we think that’s crazy and makes no sense! If you’re really going to learn a language successfully, you need to learn to understand the real language as it is spoken by the people

Relying on memorization of vocabulary and set phrases

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Apps and phrasebooks are major culprits for this. While many apps may be great for learning a ton of vocabulary, their use doesn’t really help you when you want to express yourself naturally and all you can say are random, isolated words!


Likewise, courses that get you to memorize set phrases may be OK to order a coffee or buy a train ticket (even if somewhat robotically), but in the real world, language is unpredictable and fluid, so the chances that someone will respond with the exact answer you memorized is not very high!

No exposure to real,
authentic Italian

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This one lets a lot of people down and is a common, unfortunate experience of many learners of Italian. Say you’ve been studying Italian for a while now, you’re feeling confident and excited about your upcoming trip to Italy, then you arrive and can’t wait to show off your apparent Italian skills.

What happens? With shock, you realise that you can’t understand or can barely follow anything that anyone is saying to you! They speak too fast! They have different accents! They use unfamiliar words! How utterly devastating…

Very few, if any, courses and programs actually expose their students to authentic, everyday spoken Italian, or at least nothing beyond snippets of single phrases or dictated passages – we think that’s crazy and makes no sense! If you’re really going to learn a language successfully, you need to learn to understand the real language as it is spoken by the people

Why is the Italy Made Easy Method

so EFFECTIVE?

The answer is quite simple: we take the best elements of all approaches and combine them into the most effective learning method for the Italian language ….!

Though your previous experiences trying to learn Italian may not have been a success, here is why this time you CAN achieve your Italian goals with Italy Made Easy.

Italy Made Easy is specifically designed
FOR English speakers

All of the Italian content at Italy Made Easy is created with the English speaker in mind. We are a team of language experts with both Italian and English speaking backgrounds,  so we understand exactly what challenges an English speaker may face when learning Italian.

 

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Likewise, we know the similarities between the two languages and often incorporate Comparative Linguistics into our lessons to help you identify patterns, along with all the tips, tricks and “shortcuts” that you were never taught before. 

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We explain the important concepts in English

The most efficient way for you to learn new concepts about the Italian language is by learning about them in your native language – English!

Learning a new language is difficult enough, but when the explanations are in Italian, it makes it that much harder for you. We remove that extra hurdle for you and explain things using English in a way that helps you absorb the information much more easily and quickly.

We use a functional approach to grammar

While we strongly believe that “fluency” in a language is all about the ability to communicate in that language, we know that you still need to learn the grammar in order to speak Italian. The difference is that we teach Italian grammar in a very accessible and learner-friendly manner that will not overwhelm you or bore you at all. We approach grammar as a means of successfully organizing and communicating your thoughts in Italian. Our approach results in Italian grammar becoming second nature to you, rather than having to rely on arduous grammar drills.

 

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We know that learning the grammar of a language isn’t about getting it right all the time. We don’t force you to do a million fill-in-the-blanks exercises so that you live in fear of making mistakes (like most academic approaches!). We teach Italian grammar like no other!

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We teach you the right thing at the right time

When you begin learning a new language, it is completely normal to not know where to start. Then as you move on, it is even harder to know what you should be learning next. 

Many courses actually rush ahead too quickly or focus too much on the less important details. Also, as adults, we are often tempted to jump ahead to more advanced or interesting concepts before we are ready. 

Italy Made Easy takes the guesswork out of the learning process, as each course is structured in the optimum way for you to learn the right thing at the right time, and get a ton of practice too. Remember, you need to crawl before you can walk, and you need to walk before you can run!

Each lesson in our courses takes you deep into a specific topic and you always walk away knowing exactly how everything works. The video lessons vary in length, but they are always engaging and in-depth. After each lesson, Manu gives you a ton of opportunities to test yourself and practice all the new things you’ve just learned. This way, you steadily feel more and more confident when speaking Italian so that you can progress and learn even more!

We give you the tools to express
your own thoughts

Learning a language is all about knowing how the words in a language are formed and how they combine with other words to create meaning. This is what we teach you.

You learn how Italian is structured and why it is structured in that way. When you have the building blocks of Italian at your disposal, you will finally be able to build your own sentences and express yourself as the unique individual that you are! None of those memorized pre-made phrases that never truly work in real life! 

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We expose you to real, authentic
Italian from the beginning

If you’re going to learn Italian, then you need to hear it and immerse yourself in it! Depending on your level of Italian, Manu incorporates the right amount of spoken Italian into the lessons, always speaking in a clear but natural style of Italian. 

He also provides students with many invaluable Italian resources to listen to the Italian language and improve your Italian listening and comprehension skills.

YOU ARE NOT ALONE

If you have never taken an online course before, then you might hesitate at the thought of learning Italian on your own. But with Italy Made Easy, you are never alone

The experience of learning Italian with Manu is like having your very own private tutor, there with you, guiding you every step of the way. 

 

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What’s more, we have an interactive forum where you can interact with the global Italy Made Easy community of more than 12,000 students – people who all share the same interest, passion and love as you do for Italy and all things Italian. You can ask questions and share experiences or tips about any Italian-related topic as well as create connections and even friendships with fellow learners. It’s like one massive Italian classroom!

Not only that, but you will have direct access to our team of friendly native Italian experts who maintain an active presence on our forum. They are there to help you and answer any Italian or Italy-related question you may have.

All these reasons are why the Italy Made Easy Method does work and can work for you too! But don’t just take our word for it. 

Thousands of elated students have shared their experience with us and their reviews are evidence of how the Italy Made Easy Method has helped them to finally make the progress they were yearning for and successfully guided them on their journey towards fluency in Italian.

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