Join me on my journey. This is more than just about travel and learning a new language. This is about coming into my own, learning a new language, a new culture, meeting new people.
I want to do things like understand television or tv in my new language.
I want to be able to write and read in that language, and yes, I understand how vague that is. Plus, I have given myself three months to improve my Italian studies and language learning skills, before moving on to another language, ideally Portuguese.
Just some sites I like.
But for me, why did I decide to learn Italian?
- The language is beautiful
- The language is quite romantic
- To understand a new culture
- To meet new people
- To be more well rounded
- To be more competitive in an ever increasingly work environment
- To learn something new
- To be different
I hope I can use Italian the next time I travel to Italy, wherever that might be, Rimani, Sorentino…the possibilities are endless. Only this time, I do not want to visit major or tourist cities. I want to stroll through the Italian country sides, or even go to the discotech.
But I tell you, I never new it was possible to love a language, or anything really, quite so much.
With that, here are my language learning goals for 2016 in Italian, at least in the next couple of months anyway, before I feel that I am at a level where I can move on and challenge myself further.
Language Goals 2016:
- Finish reading all the Anderson fables in Italian: http://www.andersenstories.com/it/andersen_fiabe/index
- Finish reading and doing the exercises in the book, “Better Reading Italian”
- Write 30 texts on lang-8
- Write at least 1 blog entry a week in Italian
- Hit 500 total hours of language study (in spite of all the time I spend working or at dance rehearsal, I am still trying to learn the number to “Dance with me.” Remember that song by Debelah Morgan?
- Improve my Italian Verbs
- Improve my Italian comprehension
- Learn 600 new vocabulary words
So, how exactly do I plan to do this? As such.
- I have already started reading the fables. For example, “Il brutto anatroccolo” and “La princessa e il piselli.”
- I am still working on this book, and I will say that my reading comprehension is improving, slowly but surely.
- I write texts here in there, but I hate to duplicate my work. But what I really need is to just stay motivated. That is probably one of the hardest things about learning a new language, is preventing my motivation from dwindling.
- Oh dear, how am I supposed to track this?
- I have a book that allows me to practice Italian Verbs. Italian Verb Drills. I’ll get to this, don’t you worry, but in this day and age, sometimes I feel overwhelmed by all the language learning resources currently available to language learners.
- I am working on this; part of the way that I do this is by watching television and listening to podcasts and the radio in Italian. Mind you, half the time that is not active listening, I need to improve this. One of the hardest things is finding the time to put in and to invest into learning this language. It’s like being married.
- I haven’t practiced vocabulary in a while. Right now, my soul focus is on improving my reading and writing. Come February, I will turn my focus to something else. See my current breakdown below:
Reading/Writing in Italian:
- Read the Andersen Fables in Italian (every single one)
- Use lingua.ly (this is more of an ongoing project)
- Read Corriere and Republica
- Complete the exercises in Better Reading Italian
Ideal completion date: February 5
- Actively listen to Italian Podcasts (News in Slow Italian)
- Actively watch Italian TV shows, commercials, short movies, movies (Cocapop, I menu di benedetta)
Ideal completion date: February 27
- Just speak it, with at least one language partner regularly (Marcello e Claudia)
Deadline: March 19
Verbs: Italian Verb Drills (Practice, practice, practice)
Deadline: March 26
Grammar: There is no easy way around this. I hate doing it, even in my native tongue.
Deadline: April 2
Vocabulary: Maybe this is ongoing, who knows. I’ll use Memrise, Anki, LinguaLy, DuoLingo and anything else I see fit.
Deadline: April 9, because truth be told, you never STOP learning new words
And when I hit each milestone, how will I reward myself? NO CLUE yet!! Any ideas? Thank you for joining me on this marathon!!