When I first came here I was very confused because I didn’t understand Italian and was unable to communicate! Luckily, a couple of my coworkers had excellent English skills, so little by little, I learned something new everyday…
I also learned a lot of Italian by watching TV. At first I thought “what’s the point, I can’t understand anything anyway”, but after a while I realized I could at least let it run in the background and hear Italian when I’m at home. So again, little by little I started learning something new everyday!
I also used Google Translate a lot Whenever I would hear a word over and over again but had no idea what it meant, I’d just ‘google translate’ it.
It took a few months and a lot of effort, but I’ve managed to learn basic Italian in the end. I’m actually still learning, I hear new words and expression every day and have no idea what they mean!
However, I think living here makes it easier, seeing how you hear it every single day. It may take longer to learn Italian if you’re not here, but there are a lot of resources you can use and learn any language not just Italian.