UrFallenAngel90Featured By OwnerNov 11, 2012Hobbyist General Artist
Language has always been my favorite and strongest subject. I was born and lived in Sicily until I was 13, so Italian and Sicilian are my first languages. I took French, Spanishand mandatory English in high school until freshman year in college, and Greek and Latin in my sophomore-Junior year at college; and my husband, who's of German decent, taught me German (he took it all 4 years of college). I also tech French and Italian in grades 6-12.
There's no reason why you couldn't learn German and Italian both, being their in different families, you might be able to learn them simultaneously without too many problems/confusion, if you'd want. I agree with ^3wyl and ~Scarecrowlover. Knowing English made learning German easier for me because they're both Germanic languages; and knowing Italian made it easier for me to learn French, and extremely easy for me to learn Spanish since they're all romantic languages. I agree that German would be more useful business-wise, however, before I learned Spanish, knowing Italian helped me communicate with Hispanic customers at the grocery store I used to work at; and with all the people of Hispanic heritage here in the States, Italian could help you out with that. But, it's whichever you want to learn more, if you don't want to learn both of them. One good thing to consider is which one you think you might use more; a lot of people who learn another language that they don't get the opportunity to use a lot, end up loosing a lot of their ability to speak the language. I keep pen-pals and read onlines newspapers of the languages I know just for the reason.
I have some Italian teaching plans and plans I've made to teach my kids German, so if you'd like, I'd be more than happy to help you learn either or both of the languages. I enjoy any opportunities I get to use other languages. Either way, good luck with learning it/them.
XD I know it sounds really weird, but taking German ahead of time helped me catch onto simple French grammar quicker than the rest of my class. Plus, there are a couple French/German cognates that aren't like their English translation, so that's kind of like a bonus cookie.
Overall I'd say German is much more useful than Italian since we only speak Italian it in Italy and perhaps in some parts of Africa. (I'm from Italy ) However, I have heard that Italian is somewhat easier than German, and the fact that you have been studying french means that you are already well on you way in regards to understanding verbs and tenses. Italian is also very very similar to Spanish, so if you do eventually want to learn Spanish it will be a piece of cake. In fact it is a pretty good gateway to any Latin rooted language.
I guess you really need to ask yourself why you are learning the language. For fun or for Business?
If I had the choice to magically learn 5 languages for business, then I'd probably go with Chinese, Arabic, German, French and Spanish. However, if I was learning 5 languages for fun, then I'd definitely go for Japanese, Hebrew, Spanish, Russian and maybe German.
P.S. If you do end up choosing Italian, let me know