I am currently level 6 in Italian and I am a teenager in an Italian family. Natural pronunciation comes easily to me, but on duolingo the robotic Italian voice is terrible and it is impossible to understand prepositions even when she is speaking very slow. I think to learn Italian effectively you have to be able to hear proper annunciation and also have the option to try pronouncing it yourself. If these two issues could be addressed for the upcoming website modifications it would be much appreciated.
as it is said "out of the mouths of babes." Bravo Luigi. We have been saying the same for a while. However, the powers that be are more interested in cosmetics than a true learning experience. From what I understand, one of the best parts of DL is about to disappear... that is the vocabulary link. Once that goes so go I.
I don't get it. You're italian and you're studying Italian with duolingo ??
Maybe I get it now. An italian o irish family means of italian or Irish origin / ancestors. Beautiful to see how emigrants maintain the link to their own countries of origin. Thanks ! I was mistaken thinking he was born and grown here.
We do say it that way in English, but I actually interpreted the original post as the person being what we call a "heritage speaker" (someone who grew up around the language, but never formally learned it). I've seen this a lot in the Spanish classes I teach - students who have good accents because they grew up hearing the language from their parents, but don't really know grammar, spelling, etc. I could be wrong, though.
When he said "in an Italian family" I understood he was in Italy as a guest of an Italian family for a cultural exchange. :P
... living and EATING in Italy!
Italy ? Venezia ! Fifty meters from Piazza San Marco.
si, è misterioso. Many interesting ideas on where he is located; and he probably is just a kid from Brooklyn. Paolo, you are the exciting one (IMO) living and EATING in Italy!
I am of Italian origin, but I live in the US, our language courses are very bad, actually.
For the pronunciation issue you can watch and listen to as much italian movies or documentaries as you can. Search "Alberto Angela" on youtube for wonderful documentaries in perfect italian. Forvo.com has human pronunciation of italian words also. As usual, when learning a language, read books or comics or whatever you like.
Thanks for the advice, I am currently reading a very simple Italian book called Quinto Viaggio Nel Regno Della Fantasia. I am reading it to get a hang of it, then I am planning on branching out to more difficult reads.
Paolo: you are killing me!! La Serenissima! Mi piace molto Venezia. I have been there 10 times; my husband even ran in the Marathon once. At one time my daughter lived in San Giovanni, Pn; therefore, the airport was Marco Polo. Thus began my love affair with Italy. How do you manage to live so close to San Marco? Are you in the area behind the Duomo? That is the only section I can think of that is not filled with business ventures.
Our last trip was to Conegliano visiting the prosecco wine areas. Of course we began and ended the trip in Venezia. I can drive Piazzale Roma in my sleep having rented and returned many cars there. Another fond memory is one of my favorite drinks one can only get in Venezia or in Friuli Venezia Giulia - Sgroppino. I could go on and on about drink and food. We even drove to San Daniele for the prosciutto.
I am few meters from the Basilica (San Marco's cathedral is not called a "Duomo" but "Basilica", I don't know well how it works but Basilica is the highest rank among catholic buildings). I'm exactly in the more touristic area. The place is filled and crammed with tourists in every day of the year. Living here has pros and cons. The cons are a high cost of living, as maybe you realised in your several visits here. The pros are in my opinion a higher quality of living. Everything is ancient and beautiful around you, without grey modern buildings that have ruined a lot of places in Italia, and you have a terrific number of cultural / artistic initiatives. Eventually there is no criminality and the few residents know each other well, so that you're living in an international city with a social tissue of a country village. I'm not born in Venezia. I chose to live here few years ago when I retired and then I married a Veneziana. Ah ... and the wine.... If you live here you have no problems with police analysing your breath. No cars, no tests. So this is the town "delle Ombre", the "Ombra" being the glass of wine Venetians drink at each stop-over during their daily walking. And there are many stops each time you go somewhere for whatever reason :) It's called Ombra (literally Shadow) because many years ago wine was purchased in public squares and taken from barrels and these barrels were moved during the day and put in the shadow of buildings, for keeping it cold.... That's all... maybe in one of your next visit we will take an Ombra all'ombra del campanile di San Marco.... :)