31 day italian challenge giorni 19 – 31

Ciao a tutti!

Per oggi, I will try catch up to the rest of these daily challenges, I may do 1, 2 skip a few, perchè I did do them, but trying to write them all down takes a long time, and I want to start using this for more other ways of my learning journey.

For day 19 of the 31 day challenge, we listened to a podcast with dianne hales. Who wrote the book la bella lingua, it was really interested about her language journey, I really want to read her book now, it is in my amazon wish list, so I will book it on my long book list. (Sono busy lettura the game of thrones series primo!)

For day 24 we got to watch some episodes of italian soap opera, un posto al sole. even though it’s in a foreign language, it’s really like any other soap opera, no matter how much you’ve missed you can always pick up the general story. I remember when I was in italy, there was always a soap opera on around dinner time in rome. I got quite mesmerised with watching it, but can’t for the life of me remember what it was called now, it was on a sky channel. But it looked amazing. Hopefully I will come across it again in febbraio!

On giorno 25 we learn 33 things we can do to learn italian in 15 minutes. Cher came up with some very good ideas, like reading italian articles, listening to italian songs, to going on italki, or checking out duolingo. So there are definitely some good ideas to use there!

On day 26 we get to enhance our vocabulary with surfacelanguages.com and add some words to our already expanding vocabulary. I think they’re not bad to learn, but still when I sometimes struggle to put together a sentence at times (although I am getting much much better because I have been doing something new, which I might explain next time)  it makes it hard just learning random words. I mean I get a word a day from about.com for italian to my email inbox everyday, and it comes at random all the time, it doesn’t build up or anything, so learning random languages in no particular order I don’t find very useful!

For day 27 we learned some different proverbs and idioms. I actually stumbled across some myself recently. My favourite one at the moment is Volere è potere – where there’s a will there’s a way. That’s really what I feel about my italian journey. No matter how frustrated it gets, and how much I feel that nothing is sticking in my brain, i just have to think volere è potere one day I will get there, one day it will all make sense. One day. I’ve got the will, now the way will come!

And for day 31 it was to re-evaluate our goals.

My big goals for italian were to improve pronunciation and understand italian better. Which they have definitely improved both greatly! I can now read most of what my italian friend’s post as statuses on Facebook, where before I could make understand one or  two words out of ten, now I can understand about 7 or 8 words out of 10, so I can work out nearly the only sentence! And just today I read a message that Matteo had got on his phone, and he understood everything I said, where as previously he’s only understood about 50% of what I’ve said! So they both improved!

My micro goals were to read a children’s book and understand the context. Well i did buy pinocchio, but I found it very hard to understand, I think it was more for a 10 year old, rather than my like 5 year old version of understanding of italian! But It was a small chapter book, rather than a picture book, when I go to italy I think I will be stocking up on children’s picture books! heehee! And my other micro goal was to pronunciate with more ease, and I am definitely feeling more comfortable with my pronunciating. So all in all I really had a good outcome out of this 31 day challenge!

And hey I won a prize! A mango languages journey 1 passport! and i’ve got to say, the outcomes have been amazing! Thank you Cher!

Ciao belli! 

A dopo!

Anna x

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mio primo taste of gelato italiano! Flash back to roma in gennaio 2013! Photo credit: Matteo

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