Italian, where have you been all my life?
Let me tell you, after studying Russian, Arabic, and Mandarin Chinese, Italian is a breeze. I speak Spanish, so Italian is very similar. It also makes sense. The word order (Subject, Verb Object) is the same as English. The conjugation of verbs is much like Spanish and is very regular. And words sound like they are written, unlike French. It is an elegant-sounding language with a rich history of literature and film to study. When I speak Italian, I think of an elegant courtier in the time of Niccolo Machiavelli. It is truly relaxing and fun to study it, and not a grind like those really difficult languages I mentioned.
I have finished the Pimsleur Phase One of Italian. I found it not frustrating or hard to understand at all. It is a great third language for someone who already knows English and Spanish.