My language learning philosophy is to take your normal life and make it Italian (or whatever language you’re learning). Earlier this year, I knew I wanted to find more content to listen to in the background of whatever I was doing. I wanted something to listen to while I was walking, studying, washing dishes, cooking… Read More Learn a language and a skill at the same time
By now, my Italian is pretty solid. I understand most of what I hear and know the grammar quite well. I have a lot left to improve with my speaking but I’m working on it. A lot of time is spent in the intermediate+ levels of a language. Your progress is slower. Something interesting that… Read More Intermediate Language Learning Tip: Expressions
Ciao tutti! I left this blog this year because I had initially started it as a one year long project and achieved that goal. What I didn’t expect was that there would still be lots of wonderful language learners out there reading my stuff. Thank you everyone! This year: 24 weeks of Italian school in… Read More My Language Journey Update October 2018
At some point in our lives, we’ve interacted with someone trying to speak our native language. As it goes with languages, sometimes our language learning friends have more experience with expressing themselves verbally, or the opposite- with reading and writing. You can’t really know without asking. I can’t speak for all language learners but here… Read More How can you (a native speaker) help me on my language learning journey?
In case you don’t know, I’m actually off to Italy for a year! Yay! I’m really excited to finally learn the Italian language more fluently. I can’t wait to think, speak and understand Italian more automatically. I have been following some key travel bloggers and Italian vloggers as part of my self-immersion all throughout the… Read More Learn From My Travel Inspiration Mistake
I feel like every friend who learned English as a second language has told me that they learned through movies and TV shows. Honestly, that experience just hasn’t happened for me. I find it really difficult to find any good Italian movies and shows. Anyway, one of my Italian friends will be sharing some of… Read More One More Way to Use YouTube for Language Learning
During the winter this year, I somehow crept into a state of depression through a series of events. Naturally I couldn’t keep up my language learning to rigour I normally would and even now I’ve been struggling. But why am I struggling now? I listen to my podcast every morning, hang out with Italian friends… Read More Language Learning Frustration
Any language learner in Australia knows that immersion is preferable but not always easy. We’re very different to Europe which has an abundance of languages only hours away in any direction. That means we have to get smart. As part of my self-immersion in Italian, I have talked about changing my phone language to Italian… Read More This Subtle Change Will Teach You Words Without Realising
I’ve been spending more time with my Italian friends which obviously brings up areas of weakness. Rather than feeling bad about this, I prefer to get excited about the fact that I have enough mastery in Italian to be aware of these weaknesses. If I know what my weaknesses are, I can do something about… Read More One Way to Target Your Language Learning Weaknesses
If you haven’t already put your iPhone or other into your target language- do it now! All sorted? Okay, let’s move onto this week’s language learning tip. Earlier on this year, the school I work at had an inspirational speaker come to visit. He is an incredible, funny and caring man who is blind and… Read More Use iPhone to Your iAdvantage!