I use Duolingo. What else should I do?
Hi! I am a Spanish native speaker and I am going to learn Italian. I won't do classes, I will only study for myself. What else do you think I should do apart from studying here? Would you reccomend me any other online service? Thank you so much.
I don't know why you got two downvotes, I think this is a good question. There's not one language tool that can teach you everything, so it's good to use a variety of things.
Since I'm not learning Italian I don't know of any things specifically for Italian. But I use lingq.com for listening and reading and I know they have Italian as well. I like Barron's language books, they have Italian. Other than that just find things in Italian to listen and read and watch. Listening is especially important.
I use Pimsleur's Speak and Read Essential Italian. It's more for holding a conversations with questions and responses.
I like Duolingo but how do I keep going to the next lessons, just finished first part.
If you are using Duolingo, then other ways to help learn Italian are: to converse with other Italian speakers in the real world. Also you can read off of a text book. I have not encountered a better site to learns Spanish though. Here are some sources that can be useful though: http://www.learnalanguage.com/, http://www.pimsleur.com/, and http://www.rosettastone.com/. Also keep doing Duolingo. You will find that if you do the things that I stated you can greatly increase you language learning skills.
I use youtube for a lot of videos on Italian, also use web sources to clear up anything i don't quite understand. There are also many apps (dependent on phone) that come in very useful! films and subtitles also!
I'm studying italian too without classes, what I do apart from Duolingo is listening to italian radio and music, learning with music is great and fun and it works, I improved my english a lot while listening to the beatles music.
Radio: http://tunein.com/radio/Radio-Italy-Live-s17519/ -Only music!!
Assuming you aim to become perfectly proficient I would recommend the following.
A good grammar book. As much as I like Duolingo, they utterly fail to explain grammar. If you have reached the Clitics section yet, you know what I mean and once you reach the grammar sections near the end (conditional perfect for example) you will have to cross a enormous black abyss of grammar without any explanatory light. So go to a near book store and purchase a good grammar book, or find a person who you can pester with such questions. Personally I would avoid using internet sources, but if you find a source you trust, power to you. Being a native Spanish speaker should help you a lot, but just to make sure you should still get a grammar guide.
Some way to study vocabulary. Duolingo used to have a grammar list and that feature might return in the near future, which would be great. If it does not, get some way to study huge chunks of words. A flash card system would be most appropriate. DL claims to be designed not to need such measures but they really do not live up to it. You will have to learn roughly 2000 words during the course, a proper way to study all those words is simply mandatory.
A good resource for speaking and listening. This point might be the most important addition to Duolingo! Try to speak and listen to as much Italian as possible: watch italian stuff; grab an Italian, put a Pizza in front of him and talk his ear of; get an italian girlfriend/boyfriend; travel Italy etc. The more practice you get in speaking and listening the better and the faster your progress. Naturally, you can also do that only a little and make slower progress, you are the master here.
Good reading material. I found that reading and writing a lot of Italian is helping incredibly. Get some Italian books or Newspapers and make it a habit to read them, or translate the hell out of some sentences in the Immersion part. It is very beneficial to your understanding of grammar and flow of Italian.
All in all, Duolingo can effectively only create the skeleton of your Italian: you might be able to stand but you will be static and fall at the first minor problem. You will need to supply the muscles, the meat, the skin (etc.) yourself to get your Italian to stand strong and that will be roughly 50% of your learning. Providing concrete sources simply won't help you very much, at an early point it will simply give you too much choice and distract. Instead, try to find a topic you really like (and if it is only a cheap Italian copy of the playboy written by Berlusconi himself) and get invested. Having fun is the fastest way to succeed.
In bocca al lupo :)
I think this is good advice and very well explained. I think though that Duolingo's approach to learning vocabulary worked quite well for me for a while and I think the need for supplementing the vocabulary has only been needed once I got to a level where I could ready other texts. Even so I can't be bothered with flashcard systems; I've used them in the past and had trouble keeping motivated just practising vocab out of context.
Love the the skeleton analogy. DL has been brilliant for me, but it's greatest strength is for providing a strong skeleton around which I can now start to add other elements.
It depends on what you are looking to do. I use Duolingo to study vocabulary and patterns. Outside of that I read a lot, translate articles and write emails to friends in Italian. I also pay for an hour a week with a native instructor. It is not much and money and she really helps clarify the grammar nuances, grades my translations, as well as helps me with my pronunciation. Once I started working with il mio insegnante my progress really improved. Having a background in Spanish, the languages are so similar in pronunciation you should pick it up very quickly. Also what ever minor grammar nuances there are should be very easy for you to manage. If you like I can recommend the person I use for you.
Memrise.com GamesForLanguage.com (I think they have Italian) and http://wwwdestinyslanguagelearningcorner.blogspot.com. Also, find a penpal.
https://www.duolingo.com/comment/3554407 Also, you can try http://www.aulafacil.com/cursos/c91/idiomas/italiano since you know spanish (:
Aside from using DuoLingo every day, I have gotten a lot of help from watching as many YouTube videos as possible. The past two years, I've been studying German and Spanish, and there are a lot of dubbed videos of movies and video games that will help you get a feel for pronunciation and more every day expressions.
Then again, nothing beats conversing with natives. Never miss an opportunity to do that! :)
I've only been learning for a few months now, but I've found the two sites below incredibly helpful for learning and revising Vocab. I'm also a secondary teacher and use both in my classroom regularly (albeit for humanities, not languages)!
Memrise http://www.memrise.com/ - This is an incredible tool for learning vocab using visual/audio hooks (either created by yourself or provided by the memrise community). Like duolingo it tracks your understanding of the words you learn (well, how often you translate the words correctly), but unlike duolingo it gives you a great way of refreshing this vocab in quick spells. - Content is community driven, but there is an entire duolingo course at http://www.memrise.com/course/64852
Quizlet http://quizlet.com/latest - In essence an online flashcard program, but it has a really intuitive vocab learning feature. - Like memrise, duolingo courses have been created (http://quizlet.com/brannonapp/folders/italian)
Both are great tools for vocab but they don't help you to put individual words or phrases within a wider context and don't particularly help with grammar.
Hope this helps!
Wow thanks for giving these resources, especially the duolingo course on memrise. I will definitely spend time using this to improve my vocabulary!
I recommend you use duolingo and download SpeakEasy on your phone. You should take notes of your weakest words and phrases. Check out a good grammar book. I know some people might argue with me "DuoLingo teaches grammar in it's own way" I know but you should atleast know some grammar because if you don't you will fail alot, and it's also a bit easier because you don't have to struggle and guess how to say something.
Use italki.com to find native Italian speakers who want to learn Spanish. You will set up Skype sessions and it's free! What is your interest besides learning Italian? Join an online forum for that activity in Italian. Check out dual language blogs in Spanish and Italian. Or English and Italian since it appears you know English. Like studentessamatta.com or ifiwerebornhere.com. Join facebook pages in Italian for your interests. Use lyricstraining.com to learn through lyrics. Watch streaming TV news from RAI. Go to the Little Italy in your city or the one nearest you and hang at the bars. Try bliubliu.com. Do not pass Go. do not collect $200. Good luck to you!!!!!!!