Ciao a tutti
Al momento io sono prendendo una sfida 31 giorno! So I figured I might as well blog it while I’m doing it. Cher hale from cherhale.com has created the 31 day challenge, so it is a great opportunity to put some more of my italian into practise, and hopefully have a better understanding after the month.
La oggi sfida è “5 Questions You Need To Ask Yourself About Learning Italian To Truly Make Progress”
1.) Why do you want to learn Italian?
Honestly, this reason to me changes all the time, Cher was so lovely to ask me to answer this question before the challenge so she could put it on her blog, but I guess I have so many reasons now, previously in high school when I was 13 and even at uni I tried to learn french for about half a year, and gave up, although that has helped me with knowing about false friends and masculine and feminine words. Then while I was in Australia I got quite addicted to watching that tv series Weeds, and decided I wanted to learn spanish, and when I was 18 I bought a little Italian Phrase book and had a little txting italian friend for a while, she could work out what I was saying, but my grammar was all over the place. Then when I was about 20 my friend had just gotten back from Brazil so I then got fascinated with Portuguese, he even translated a song I had written in that language for me to sing. So I have definitely always been very fascinated with the Romance Family of languages. But as I’ve gotten older Italian has been the one that has called me, and the one that I have a real desire deep down in my soul to learn. Maybe it’s because I have ancestral roots in Italy from a little Island of the coast of Sicily called Stromboli, maybe its because my boyfriend is Italian, maybe its because I want to connect with his family more deeply in a way I can’t do with words they don’t understand, maybe it was because when I was in Italy the italians kept mistaking me for one of their own kind and then I opened my mouth and ruined it, maybe it was because going to the Ignite Catholic Conference (www.igniteconference.com.au) last year, and knelt down and prayed after going to reconciliation and asking God where in Europe does he want me to go (I had planned a massive trip around Europe but hadn’t put anything in concrete) and all that came up in my mind was Italy over and over again. So for me I have a very solid faith filled, family filled, love filled desire to fuel my learning of this bella lingua!
2.) What are your concerns about the next 31 days?
I think my concerns are definitely having enough time to be involved, now that I’m back in full time work and only have my evenings free to wind down, I think I will need to turn my italian practise into my wind down time. I’m also worried that I will forget all the grammar I’ve been learning, and forget that when I translate from English to Italian it ISN’T word for word! That it is very different, or I don’t need as many italian words as I would if it was in English! And I’m just opening my italian accent won’t sound to mongrel with my normal Kiwi accent.
3.) What progress do you want to make in the next 31 days?
I want to start recording myself on the webcam, and hoping that a native speaker actually understands me. I want to be able to conjugate my words better. I want to be able to form a decent conversation with mio ragazzo and surprise him by the end of the challenge
4.) What are your big goals for Italian?
Improve pronunciation definitely, be able to understand Italian better, even if I can’t speak it back fluently. To be able to have a somewhat awkward but fluent conversation. To be able to read and imagine the story in my head in Italian
5.) What are your micro goals for Italian?
To be able to read a children’s picture book and understand the context. To be able to pronunciate things better and with more ease.
What Method Should You Use To Learn Italian?
To answer that question we must first answer these three questions
1.) What are your current hobbies?
Reading, Watching Movies and Television shows, Listening to Music and going out for dinner. – I have actually combined these four things to improve my language learning abilities, my italian books of Alice in Wonderland and Le Avventure di Pinocchio just arrived today, I’ve got a few italian movies to watch on the laptop, I’m listening to italian music on itunes and I’m making sure we go to italian restaurants when Matteo and I go out.
2.) How do you learn best?
I think I learn well in many ways, visually, listening, and through doing. If someone gets me to do it for myself, rather than just show me, I am likely to pick it up much better.
3.) When do you learn best?
I think I definitely learn best after being well rested, so probably first thing in the morning after I wake up. Or in the late afternoon early evening. Although when I’m tired like I have been recently working from 8am – 6pm. So it hasn’t been very good for my language learning skills the last couple of days. Hopefully I will get used to the long hours and be able to put my language learning skills back in action.
Well it is time for this piccola ragazza kiwi di andare a dormire