Students who already have knowledge of Italian often ask the Museum of Knowledge if knowing Italian will enable them to learn Spanish more easily. Due to the time and effort required to learn a language, students often look for short cuts in whichever way they can. Short cuts may include learning a second language at a pace that is similar to the first language the student knows well.
For those students who have a good knowledge of Italian, the good news is that due to the similarities between these two Latin languages, learning Spanish may be easier. This is especially because of some sentence structures as well as grammatical similarities. However this is where the similarity ends. Speaking Spanish requires a different tone to that of Italian and Spanish is often spoken at speed when compared with Italian. Written Italian also bears only some similarities to written Spanish and certainly listening to Italian and understanding the spoken words and phrases is unique.
The main criteria used to judge how quickly students will progress and learn Spanish if they already speak Italian, is that the student may be able to transfer skills developed already that embrace language learning techniques. This will include, but not be limited to learning grammatical rules, understanding sentence structures and syntax as well as developing a process of dedication and regular practice sessions in order to progress quickly.