5 comments on “Crash

  1. Believe me that is something we all go through! Honestly maybe change up your learning technics a bit? I’ve been watching lots of disney films in italian. I already know them in english, so it’s quite easy to understand them in italian, even if most of the italian goes over my head. I’ve been watching that new disney film frozen a lot. Trying to learn the songs in italian, as I already know them in english, and I’ve found when I’m singing them in my head, it’s quite a mixture of italienglish, sometimes more italian than english, which is exciting. And I still cry in the sad parts in italian, as I did in english, even though I’ve seen the films before. It definitely keeps the language learning process different. Or Songs really help. If you can sing, learn a song with the lyrics at hand in italian. 🙂 hope that helps!

  2. Hi Anna, thanks for your suggestion. I think I will give it a go. I guess if I go for a Disney film I will just have to really try to hold it together and not burst into tears 🙂

  3. I was never any good at languages at school either. When I went to school the education dept had decided not to teach grammar any more, and I never gave it a second thought. When I enrolled at university to study Ancient History I had no intention of learning any languages, but then they changed the rules and made it compulsory to have one ancient language. Imagine my horror, sitting in my first Latin class with all these 20-something year old wannabe lawyers, philosophers and classicists and I didn’t know what a verb or a noun was. I had to go away and do a “Grammar for Language Learners” class in secret. Imagine how stupid I felt ~ then times that by a zillion!

    The thing with learning a new language is that there is no real end to the learning, so if you’re a goal-oriented person then learning a language can sometimes feel a bit aimless. You can set yourself the goal of being able to order in a restaurant, or hold a simple conversation… but the nature of the beast is that you can’t control what or how other people are going to speak. Per esempio… I’d been learning italian for a good 5 years when we went to Venice… I thought I was doing ok in my classes, but as soon as I got to Venice I realised I couldn’t understand anything at all and I went home feeling like a complete failure. But in reality I’d totally underestimated how different the accent and dialect is.

    Don’t give up. You can do it. Just keep at it. If you can remember the words to a song, you can learn a language.

    My latin professor at university told our class (most of whom were 20-something. I was 30-something) that the reality is that to master a language you need to put in a minimum of 20 minutes a day, every single day, and you need to add 10 minutes for every 10 years of age over 20. Its a case of constantly chipping away at it and also of ‘use it or lose it’.

    I find on those days when I just don’t have the mental energy to study more grammar or formulate more sentences then I just learn some vocab or read something. And if I can’t do that, then I just record myself reciting some random vocab words. Then I play them back to myself on repeat in the car or in my headphones while I walk or do my errands.

    I’ve also downloaded some spoken books for teens in Italian on iTunes, did you know you can slow the speed down when you play them? It makes it much easier to understand and get used to the flow of the words.

    Anyway… good luck. Keep chipping away at it. You can do it.

    • It was really interesting to read your experiences.

      I think your ‘use it or lose it’ point is something that is really important. Despite my good intentions I find it quite hard to engineer situations throughout the day to actually use it. So I feel I have a slot in the day when I study but outside of that relatively short space of time there is no Italian. So it is easy to lose.

      I like your idea of the spoken books for teens. I will definitely give that a try. Thanks!

  4. You’re welcome!

    Oh yes, using it is really difficult – unless you’re surrounded by italian speakers. It definitely requires some self discipline.

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