I Always wanted to learn languages. I think it probably started when I first saw how Beautiful our French teacher was at school (Yep on visualisation, she really was!) (Sorri I digress abit there)... Ummmm, Yep glad I did! O OK. As I was saying.. I Liked French!!
Later in life, I became interested in Italian when I saw how Beautiful Italian women were. (Yep, Hang On.. Where's my flashback gone?) Learning Italian initially (for me) was confined to just picking up.. (No I wasn't going to say that!) basic communicating skills from listening (Very Quickly) to how the language was spoken by the natives. That was the hard way. The Written Language really is very easy to understand as spelling is quite similar to our own.
If you enjoy cooking or baking then you are also dealing with Italian language and provincial variations. I Highly Recommend Learning Italian. As people, they have so much respect & of course are pasionate... Ummm (Sorry) towards anyone who has taken the time to learn how to speak in that tongue.