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The Lazy Italian Self-Study Experiment: Month 0

My goals and strategy for my first month of teaching myself Italian without lots of time

Elise Cutts

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Banner for the lazy Italian self-study experiment: a sleepy cat hugging a book with a speech bubble containing an Italian flag

There are lots of language learning strategies and programs out there for beginners, and I think that most of them probably workโ€”if only because they involve spending lots of time with your new language. But I’m lazy. And maybe you are, too. So if you’re wondering if it’s possible to learn a new language with no real plan and close to 0 focused study, you’re in the right place. Welcome to my silly experiment.

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