Italian Language

Learning Italian

Yes, you can visit Italy without learning any Italian. It is the most-visited country in Europe by other Europeans and one of the most visited countries in the world overall. The tourism and hospitality industry is full of multi-lingual staff in Italy. So, if you experience a neurodivergent issue that makes it difficult to learn a second language and you want to travel, Italy could be a good match for you.

If you are able to pick up a few phrases, or fully acquire a second language, knowing even a little Italian will help you access much more of Italian lifestyle and culture.

If you experience anxiety, along with any other neurodivergent issues, learning a few basic phrases will help you feel more at ease in a new place. It will also give you a leg up on the neurotypical (and cisgender) who jet off to Italy without even knowing the word “Ciao!” (hello).

Our nerdy and neurodivergent family spent the entire time setting the example and providing basic phrases to others in the tourist district! No pressure though … this was more of a happy discovery than a goal we set. To be honest, we didn’t know that much more than “ciao”, but it still helped immensely and put us at the head of the pack!

If you need or like to go at your own pace, even studying “Fast Italian for Travel” will help you feel more confident in going off the beaten track, where there is less English spoken, when neurodivergent issues / anxiety are screaming for some peace, quiet, and less crowds.

Resources We Are Using To Learn Italian

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Inclusive Italian

It almost an understatement to say that Italian is a highly binary-gendered language when even the floor has a grammatical gender!

But, you can get some relief and representation from the schwa (singular) and long schwa (plural): ə and 𝟯!

The main resource we found on this was Inclusive Italian, and Michele from Intrepid Guide was (and still is) instrumental in helping us to learn to apply it in describing ourselves and family.