The most effective way to learn Italian is to start studying! Whether it's reading an Italian textbook, taking a language course at a university or in Italy, completing workbook exercises, listening to a tape or CD, or conversing with a native Italian speaker, any method is appropriate. The shotgun approach is recommended to avoid burnout and frustration. Most important, spend some time every day reading, writing, speaking, and listening to Italian to become accustomed to the target language. Lessons simple, direct lessons in Italian grammar, spelling, pronunciation, and vocabulary.