Celebrate your small victories!
I was in the supermarket his morning, and picked up a can of beans. Before I realized it, I felt myself nodding. Why? The can said:
Fagioli Rossi al naturale
And I was reading it. No problem. Only level four! Me and a can of beans!
Went home thinking to myself:
Ho i fagioli.
I fagioli sono rossi.
And so on. I know I don't know many words, but it's a small victory! And that gives me motivation to keep going!
Or am I the only one who does this?
Ciao. The same here. Yesterday, I called a relative who's Italian and told her: Ciao, sono io. Mangio una mela., etc. and then she burst out laughing. Well, we both had a good laugh. And to be frank, I've been sleeping for 3-4 hours a night, because the only free time I've got at the moment is at night and where do you think I spend it? And to finish off, after spending a few hours with the feathery owl I'm so over the moon that I hardly get any sleep. Hooked out. Completely!
Arrivederci ragazze e ragazzi!
P.S. Buonanotte a tutti :)
I do this in restaurants and grocery stores as well.
For his birthday, my boyfriend got some italian crystal glasses, with care instructions in italian in the box... personally I was more excited about being able to read about how to care for them (and understand it) than I was about the actual glasses :)
I've started thinking in Italian. Whenever I see things I know in Italian, I blurt them out. Sometimes it annoys my friends. I also sometimes trail off into Italian sometime. I've only been using duolingo for 1 month, and I must say that for a free app it does a lot of work. I'm almost on level 11!
It's great because my friends are mainly Spanish-speaking (with one portugese) and we've started talking in different languages and I have to say, it's one of the most interesting thigs to do!
Great job banana.man. and everyone! Isn't amazing how the words just pop up! Duolingo is working, and it feels so effortless!
As I progress, I'm definitely seeing a difference as I walk around my neighborhood and interact with the people around me. This morning as I was walking into my Palazzo, one of my neighbors asked me if I wanted to ride the elevator up with him. I told him, "No grazie, mi piace caminare." Then when I beat him up the stairs to his apartment I said, "IO VINTO!" He laughed and said, "Si, ti vinti, bravo." Talk about a small victory.