My Italian Journey....
So I just found out my work is sending me to Italy, where I'll hopefully get to stay for the next several months! :D!
To prepare, I have a (crazy!) plan in mind:
-Completing my Italian tree.
There's just a few (itsy-bitsy) problems though: I don't speak a word of Italian....and I leave for Italy in October. Oh, and I'm starting the tree from scratch with hardly any experience learning Romance languages. The only experience I have with Romance languages is French class I failed miserably 8 years ago.... :(
Sooo, yeah. I guess my Italian journey...isn't much of a journey at all. At least, not yet. I know it won't be easy, but I'm determined to do this... Wish me luck, and here I go! >_<
P.S: You're all welcome to add me as a friend, if you want to track my progress/race me. :)
I don't blame you, I have lots of experience with romance languages and I always fail miserably with French too. Italian, however, is fairly easier than French. The best of all is that you will be immersed in the language so you'll pick it up in no time! I wish you the best of luck. Che ti vada bene, e ricorda che chi la dura, la vince. :)
I strongly recommend investing in the Michel Thomas Italian audio course as a supplement to Duolingo. Good luck!
Thank you! I've been trying to remember his name for ages - he comes highly rated from a friend!
Sounds like a challenge! It's going to be hard but you can achieve almost anything if you're determined enough. The most important thing is to immerse yourself and practice every day.
I'm moving to Rome in the beginning of September and started learning immediately when I heard it would happen (about 3 months earlier just like you). I know I'm not going to finish the tree because I'd rather handle these basic things well than rush through everything but not really learn anything properly. So please don't take too much stress with finishing the tree. It's more useful to know how to order food and ask for help than speak about science or politics.
Check Memrise and LingQ in addition to Duolingo. Memrise helps with vocabulary and in LingQ you can learn by listening (and expand your vocabulary at the same time of course). I've also listened to Italian radio (just took the first one that Google gave me, Radio Italia). I'm too shy to seek out native speakers for discussions via Skype (maybe later) but you should definitely do that. I heard it makes you progress much faster.
In bocca al lupo!
Dont worry , you will do fine :) Just practice everyday and then when you get there it just speak as much as possible and you will learn really much . Have fun it will be a great experience ,the Mediterranean people are really chilled . Best wishes
I suggest using HelloTalk the OIS applicated (iPhones and such) as well as Duolingo. It basically lets you set your skill level in your chosen language, then lets you speak (out loud) or text with thousands of native speakers who are trying to learn your language. I've met people on it that I've been talking to almost every day for months and my Italian ability tripled ha.
HEY. Me too!
Where I live offers the most bitching opportunity for graduates - 3 months living, food and flights all paid for and a work placement in your industry of choice.
I'm so fortunate to have got on and I'm moving to Florence in September.
I knew a little bit of Italian beforehand so I'm spending the next 2 months brushing up... and I do hope it works! I would so love to come back being able to converse basically and I can genuinely see the progress I'm making on Duolingo and I love it! Now hopefully I can just get past my speaking fear. I just will try and have to not rely on other English speaking folk too much when I get there.
Most definitely going to keep track of your progress.
Good luck - I'm rooting for you!!!
do like 1-2 hours of Duolingo a day and you should manage to finish the tree easily actually, most parts are pretty simple, than you have some more grammar parts which are moderate I would say (get a grammar book and they are very doable) and then there are the crappy parts, like clitics, subjunctive Imperative or Conditional Perfect; I think for your purposes you can savely skip them (after you solved them once though) since you want to get the big picture, not the tiny grammar particularities that take forever.
Having 2 months should thus give you plenty of time :)
It's probably going to be hard, but I'm sure you will be pretty good at it after 2 months. And being there will quicken the process too. Best of luck to you! :]
Good luck!! Although being sent to Italy and being paid for it - it's already having a lots of luck :-) You have a best school you can imagine living among Italians and talk to them daily!
You can do it! I'm with you on this one. I'll be heading to Italy in October as well, and would like to at least complete the Italian tree. I have a cousin who is fluent in Italian that I can bounce pronunciation and some grammar questions on. I don't expect to be fluent by a long shot. I just want to grasp the linguistic framework so I can work on vocabulary and conversation.
If you want to develop the habit of learning Italian each day, start small --> http://tinyhabits.com
My local library has Mango Languages for free. Maybe yours does too. It will give you some extra practice http://www.mangolanguages.com
I have been working on my Italian. Now at level 3.
I worked in Spain many years ago. Arrived with no training whatsoever. If no one around you speaks English, you can pick up rudimentary language skills quickly. You can also practice Italian online via Skype. Take a look at http://www.conversationexchange.com Good Luck!
Are you going to try to pick up Italian before you leave? I've learned more in the past 5-6 days with this site than I ever did attempting to learn this language other ways. Good luck!