Pretty easy, overall.
I would highly recommend this course, especially for students who are thinking about studying abroad in Italy because it really gives you a sense of what to expect when visiting a certain city or town of Italy. Besides grammar, there are a lot of things you learn about culture in different parts of this country. Another reasons I really loved taking Italian was that it made me feel closer to my home country Albania, since there are many things they have in common in terms of culture, traditions, and people's ways of thinking. In other words, there is nothing I would change about this course or about my personal experience while taking it.
I think that whether you like a course or not, depends a lot on the professor and the way he or she teaches and treats the students. My classmates and I were very lucky to have Professor King as our teacher, because she is exceptional in all aspects. I would notice many times times the way she explained a concept that a student didn't understand, and this would make my admiration for her be even greater. In terms of what I learned from the course, they were so many. I had never taken Italian before, and honestly, at the beginning I was scared because I was placed into an intermediate level when I didn't know anything about this language. I was aware of the fact that knowing Spanish was a big help but still, every language is different. Many times I would get confused because I had to think both in Spanish and then Italian, since I would have these classes one right after the other. However, this doesn't mean that I will give up learning more about Italian because I really want to explore it more and be able to speak it fluently when I visit the country or study there in the future.
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Advice for students:
Not only in this course, but in every course it is crucial for students to be on top of all the assignments and not procrastinate. For example, in my Italian class we had to complete several small assignments before each class, and if we didn't complete on time, the assignment would be marked as late. However, the professor would give many chances for the students to complete the missed assignments, and this would be the most important advice I would give to students considering this course. If the professor is giving you a second, or even a third chance to improve your grade, there must be no reason for you to not take advantage of this opportunity. Also, it's important for the students to be passionate about a language and not take it just because it is a requirement. Take a language you really want to learn and that will benefit you if you study abroad!