(Italian) Borrowings: a way to learn languages faster
It's good to start with the words that you might actually know, no matter if they are lexical borrowings or loanwords or cognates.
Even if the language is quite distant to your mother tongue or the ones that you actually know, it is highly unlikely that they do not have words borrowed from one another.
Thanks to that approach you can actually be very surprised that the vocabulary of the language you are only planning to learn is quite ample. It might be because of historical paths crossed at some point, others borrow concepts or inventions together with vocabulary assigned to them.