A language script can be a simple and easy way to fast track your language learning.
Create a script about your personal information that you can memorise so you are ready to talk to a local.
I’ll use an example with Italian. When I was in Italy, I would most frequently talk to locals in bars and restaurants. I would also find friends in unlikely places when I needed help with something. Therefore I had a script in my head that I could use on cue to talk about myself. I used these phrases over and over, countless times.
Excuse me? Do you speak English? My name is Andrea. I’m from Australia. I’m a primary school teacher. I’m learning to speak Italian but it’s difficult to find someone to speak with. I learned Italian by myself. I’m in Italy for ten days and then I go to Germany for ten days. Where are you from?
Mi scusi? Parla Inglese? Mi chiamo Andrea. Sono dall’australia. Sono una maestra alla scuola elementare. Sto imparando a parlare italiano ma è difficile trovare qualcuno per fare pratica. Ho imparato italiano da sola. Sono qui in Italia per dieci giorni e poi vado in Germania per dieci giorno. Di dove sei?
This is the order of my responses in most conversations.
Tip: Use Italian (or the target language) even if they say they can speak English unless you need help with something technical and specific like bus tickets or flights. This is a simple way to win over a local in Italy.
If I found that I didn’t know how to say something I would ask:
Come si dice ____ in italiano?
How do you say ________ in Italian?
Make up a range of scripts for different situations. Write them. Record them as a video. Upload them to YouTube and ask for feedback! What do you have to lose?
What is your personal language script? Leave me a comment.