lesson break down
Ya know, I am thankful for this resource, and the lessons. I have learned a lot but I have some basic issues with the lesson break down. each lesson feels like a test not a lesson. for french this is easy for me because i have a base in it and so far it is a refresher, this is why i haven't skipped naythin. in italian, though it is causing me great frustration.
I need a lesson, or practice, or something, that shows the conjugation of the verbs outright not teaches me each conjugation as its own word. vocab otherwise is pretty straight forward, but a vocab precourse would make life so much easier and better. I wouldn't be grasping at straws hoping i know the right conjugation when i am asked to translate a sentence. I do not know the conjugation of to drink or to eat or to be and that is all that the first lesson taught me. I need to sit down for 10 or 15 minutes and go through what i just did to learn what I just did and passed because I am so lost in it. can we please get a verb section where we just practice identifying the conjugations of different verbs, and the different verb forms as i am sure, as with french, italian has at least three regular verb forms and quite a few irregular verb forms. . . and a real vocab section would be great in addition to the already established lessons. that would be fabulous.
If you go to your vocabulary section and click on the verb(s) you're having problems with, there's a conjugation chart at the bottom of the page, and you can also use the "practice word" button on that page to review it.
In addition to the vocabulary section mentioned, about.com/italian is good and to the point answering the questions you have posed. You will definitely need to use other resources if want to learn Italian or any of the other languages offered.
I, like you with French, know Italian. I consider Duo a great resource for refreshing my Italian. After reading issues from new comers to the language, I tried a new one for me...French. I must agree with you and the others who expressed issues. My main issue is hearing the language. I can make out the Italian because I know what words should be used .... if I can make out the nouns & verbs.... not always though. Well, this does not work in French because the only French words that I know are the ones used in crossword puzzles.
understanding isn't that bad. while I understand why, and appreciate the speaking slowly to understand what is being said, i find it easier to understand the sentences when they speak quickly so I can hear the flow. it also makes it easier to learn how to pronounce it. question directly to you JxPatrizia, does this program, at some point, teach "liason" which is how words . . .slur is the best word I have for it, in french? for example chez elles is at the women's house but in pronounciation it sounds more like chezelle, or is it something you just have to listen for when doing the listening portions? Also thank you both for the comments. I completely missed the vocab section.