Much has been said about the easiest way to learn Italian, the best way to learn Italian, or the quickest way to learn Italian.
It goes without saying that if things were really SO easy to learn, then all of us would be geniuses, with infinite capacity and capability to learn things.
But the truth is, there is no single easiest, best, or quickest way to learn Italian - this goes for every language, or any subject matter for that matter.
Achieving real, certifiable, quantifiable fluency (not just "fluency in 3 months" that other snake oil salesmen sell) takes a lot of resources and a lot of time.
And there are two main motivations that will determine whether you will be able to learn Italian easily, quickly, and in the best way possible.
The first thing is that you must have a real and practical need, or a reason, to learn the language. This could be for studying abroad, moving permanently, getting better job prospects or training as a translator, getting married to an Italian or going on a long vacation in Italy.
The second thing is that you must have a real and practical need to do your best in learning the language. This can be studying for language certifications, improving your conversational skills in business and in the office, or being able to understand the language in all its complexity for study.
And if you find yourself honestly saying yes to both of these motivations, then YES - the environment is there for you to learn Italian easily, quickly, and in the best way possible.
Simply put, if you said yes to both, then yes, Italian becomes easier, quicker, and more fun to learn. And it would save you a lot of time, effort, and money over the long run in taking an Italian language course wherein you have no motivation to succeed anyway.
Let's go through a few more factors that will ensure you learn Italian easily.
1. Pronounce, Speak, and Ditch the Grammar - But ONLY at First!
Okay, don't get me wrong - grammar is of paramount importance, especially when you progress further in your Italian language learning journey towards mastery. But your main focus should be, first of all, in actually speaking the language and getting the pronunciation done correctly. After all, what good does good grammar skills do when you can't string two intelligible sentences together, right? I have seen too many language learners who, although being grammar wizards and acing all their written exams, perform miserably in oral exams, because they did not pay proper focus to speaking and pronunciation FIRST. Furthermore, learning pronunciation and conversation will prepare you immensely for listening skills - and this in turn will make you learn Italian even quicker by being able to learn while watching Italian TV shows, podcasts, radio, or movies!
2. Read, Read, and Read
Once you've gotten a feel for how Italian feels and sounds like, you can start building your grammar from reading literature in Italian. Because that's the easiest way for you to decode and understand the structure of the language piece by piece, and how the language actually works under the hood - that is, its grammar. Furthermore, reading will help your comprehension skills, as well as your writing skills. A great place to start is the newspaper or a magazine, because it is written in a conversational and more direct manner than say, the Holy Bible. You can't read law books without first learning your ABCs!
3. Speak With a Local
If you are privileged enough to be able to live for a while in Italy for whatever reason, then great - all you need to do is to step outside and start talking and experiencing the language itself. But for majority of us mere mortals, we will need to work double time finding native speaking language partners. Fortunately, there is a wealth of resources out there for you to do so. If you can't find any partner in this world of connectivity...then it would only be for a lack of effort. Get out there and communicate, my friend!