I have been learning basic Italian for the past two months or so. Will have a test in a few weeks time. I’ve found the course a little bit slow. Having studied beginners German & French at university, I feel like the pace of this course is way too slow.
Of course, that’s just my eagerness to learn. The reality is, I work all day, and don’t end up spending much time studying. But, I do try to read Italian newspapers online every now and then (not that difficult to get the gist, since the language is similar to my own, and to another I’ve studied).
I’m also trying to teach myself Greek using one of the FSI courses I’ve downloaded, and a “Teach Yourself” book I’ve got from the library. Lots of fun.