Learning Italian? Manu Says Focus on These Three Things!

If you’re like me, your adult brain can be intimidated at the prospect of learning Italian. Once you start putting your toe in the water, it can feel overwhelming, and you wish you could go back to that time in your childhood when your brain was ripe for tackling a new language. But, as an adult, you still can prevail. It just takes the right teacher, and the right focus.

Manu, of Italy Made Easy, is the teacher who will make learning Italian a joy.

His engaging and well-crafted teaching style will keep you going. He’s patient, and you won’t despair under his tutelage. Manu is a master of guiding you through a curriculum that is logical. He teaches you how to tackle the fundamentals, and then build from there.

In this week’s featured video Manu offers excellent advice on where to concentrate your efforts.

When learning Italian, so many things can vie for your attention. You can find yourself saying “Where do I start?” I urge you to watch this video and follow Manu’s advice. I was particularly happy to hear Manu emphasize learning and understanding the grammar. While I learned a great deal from Rosetta Stone, it didn’t teach me the grammar. It’s not enough for me to be “passable” when speaking Italian. I want to have the ability to be more expressive and poetic.

Manu soon is launching Zero to Italian!

I can’t wait for the unveiling of this new method of learning Italian. Be sure to check it out. In the meantime, Manu offers a TON of free videos (through his YouTube channel, or through ItalyMadeEasy.com). If you’re like me, you’ll be hooked in short order!

Master the Italian alphabet

Okay, I can hear you saying “Com’n, that’s so remedial.” No, it isn’t. Learning how to pronounce each letter of the Italian alphabet is going to come in handy. Just over a week ago I was on a call with a customer service agent. She was delightful, and when I asked her if she spoke English, she offered to put me on hold and find an English speaking operator. I said “Proviamo in Italiano” – which means “Let’s try in Italian.” Wow, what a great lesson for me to put what I’ve learned into practice. AND, several things (like my email address) required my spelling out by letter. If you don’t know the alphabet you easily can go wrong. So, I leave you with this video from Manu about the Italian alphabet. Enjoy!


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By |2017-02-18T11:12:10+01:00February 18th, 2017|Italy Made Easy with Manu, Uncategorized|4 Comments

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  1. Neil Vetrano February 19, 2017 at 11:13 am - Reply

    I agree. I love learning from Manu. His new course starts Monday, 20 February. Even though I have been living in Italy for one year now, I am excited to take this course and really make some progress with the language. Definitely check out all of the free content he provides and if you are serious about learning Italian consider his paid course. I have already paid for and can’t wait to start the zero to Italian class tomorrow.

    • Jed February 20, 2017 at 1:45 pm - Reply

      Ciao Neil, I’ve been watching his webinar from yesterday where he explains the program and platform. Manu has put a lot of thought and care into creating this program. Can’t wait to see how it progresses!

  2. Joee Balestrieri February 18, 2017 at 12:20 pm - Reply

    Salve Jed!
    Sono d’accordo con te! I agree wholeheartedly with what you have written! I want to speak Italian in a way that shows my personality and my own way of expressing myself. It is not enough for me either just to acquire the knowledge of producing a grammatically correct sentence. I have not missed a single lesson from Manu since I found him last April. I have never met another teacher who was so great at making even difficult things clear and understandable. I also want to tell you how much I enjoy your website. You are a very good writer. I can see why you and Manu support each other’s efforts. It’s a matter of quality joining up with quality! Grazie mille and please keep writing!

    • Jed February 20, 2017 at 1:46 pm - Reply

      Yes Joee, Manu is a rare breed of teacher! I feel so grateful to have found Manu as such a great resource to share with my readers. Thanks for you encouragement on my writing. Many more stories coming soon – including one about the kick-off of Carnevale in Venice!

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