Ciao a tutti!
Intermediate language learners will most definitely hit a ‘plateau’, a place where you know a lot but you’re not fluent yet and not improving in a linear fashion. I know because I’ve been there I remember multiple times where I’ve asked myself what was the point because I’d never get any better! But now I receive so many compliments from Italian speakers! How do you keep from giving up?
Here’s an idea to keep perspective.
- Create a new folder on your laptop called ‘Language Progress’.
- At the start of each month when you write your language goals, record a video of yourself talking at an appropriate level. For example, beginners may want to make a video with greetings and introductions. Low intermediates might want to talk about what they have done that day. Strong intermediate speakers could talk about their progress in reading, writing, listening and speaking.
- Will there be mistakes? Of course. But just do it in the one take, no matter how awkward it sounds.
If you continue to do this, you’ll hopefully reach a point when you can look back and appreciate how much less awkward you sound and how much better your pronunciation and knowledge is.
Kind of like a weight loss before-and-after picture right?
Have a go and let me know if this works for you to keep your perspective realistic.