https://www.duolingo.com/JuliaBellaItalia

My One-Year Anniversary

Today is my anniversary on DuoLingo--I've been studying Italian here for one year. And what a year it has been!

I've conquered Clitics; fought with Infinitives; lost my 280+ day streak.

I've also used my Italian in Italy with great results, and I continue to learn.

I tried Anki and Memrise, but didn't stay with them. I've gone back into Pimsleur at Level 2 Lesson 8 and am making progress. I have a one-month subscription to News in Slow Italian.

I've watched "Il Postino" at least three times, and have laughed at Sophia Loren comedies over and over again.

This is such fun! I wish language learning had been this way all those years ago when I was in school!

Thanks, everyone, for EVERYTHING!!!

October 30, 2014

27 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/JuliaBellaItalia

More good news! I took a progress test (thanks to all the gift lingots!) and scored 2.97! WooHoo! That's the best I've ever done by a long shot!

October 31, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/MaeeSafaee

Have some lingots! :)

November 3, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/JuliaBellaItalia

MABBY, I have the Harry Potter on my Kindle, connected to an Italian-English dictionary. It's great fun, isn't it?

October 30, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/Jillian.B

Hi JuliaBellaItalia, Thanks for the tip on News in Slow Italian. I am going to try it out! How did you get the Harry Potter with dictionary? Could i ask you to send me the link so get the correct one please? Jill B

November 3, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/JuliaBellaItalia

There was a post earlier about using a Kindle Paperwhite to get a dictionary hooked to your foreign language book. I lost my first Kindle, so I replaced it with a Paperwhite, downloaded the Harry Potter and the Collins dictionary, then linked them. It works!

November 3, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/MABBY

Assolutemente!

October 31, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/Maisie07

Congratulations on your anniversary!

You seem to be taking a very similar approach to me, I'm on lesson 21 of Level 1 pimsleur italian. What do you think of the News in Slow Italian?
I was thinking of suggesting a subscription to it as a christmas present idea.

October 31, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/JuliaBellaItalia

I'm enjoying Slow Italian. And one of the things they do that I like is not automatically renew you--if you get a month's subscription, that's it. You don't have to remember to cancel (if you want to cancel). I tried Yabla and didn't really use it much, but cancelling took a while.

October 31, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/Madeleine_203

Bravo! (Claps) Have a good second year!

November 1, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/Jayaurelio

Congratulations, I am nearing the end of my tree too. This is a personal challenge for me as I am half Italian but my father never taught me, I am planning on visiting Calabria next year to meet family I never knew and this is going to be a real challenge for me. My Italian has improved but I don't really talk to anyone in it, I am just hoping I have learnt enough so that they can understand what I am saying!

November 2, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/JuliaBellaItalia

Keep practicing, and think about using Pimsleur to work on speaking. You have time to really improve! Good luck!

November 2, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/swntzu

Great story/poem/thing. 10 lingots for you! Have a look at this if you don't already know of it: http://podclub.ch/index.php/it/transmissioni/al-dente-i

October 30, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/JuliaBellaItalia

Thanks for the link and the lingots!!

October 30, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/swntzu

No problem. I enjoyed reading your posts about your trip to Italy. Hopefully that throat infection didn't have any long lasting effects. Have some more lingots.

October 30, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/JuliaBellaItalia

Great! I'm still a little hoarse, believe it or not. But it was worth it! We're already beginning to plan our next trip, for the fall of 2016, back to Tuscany. But we're still thoroughly enjoying talking over what we saw this time. We're not pushing really hard on the Italian, but doing something every day. I love playing the Slow Italian newscast in my car, even though I don't catch all of it.

A few more lingots and I'll have enough to try the progress test! Thanks again!

October 30, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/MABBY

I score 4.74 out of 5 on the progress test, but I still don't feel confident enough to say that I "know" enough Italian. So I keep going, even though I have nothing more to learn, according to Duo.

I need more practice in translating an English sentence into Italian. When I see Italian sentences then I know right away where to start; not so much the other way around. And I only catch the odd word in an Italian conversation, although I still try to listen to them on TV (we have an Italian station).

October 30, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/MABBY

Right now, I'm trying to read this book (completely free, in pdf format): Harry Potter e La Pietra Filosofale

The link is too long for Duo, but if you google "La Pietra Filosofale PDF", you should find it easily enough. Look for the little word [pdf] before the title, and download by clicking on the link.

October 30, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/swntzu

I gave you another 10 lingots so hopefully we can compare scores at some point. :)

October 30, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/JuliaBellaItalia

Assolutamente!! Thanks!

October 31, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/shimadahanzo

That is so wonderful!!! Congratulations on having such a great year and I hope you'll continue to progress~~ =^w^= Have you considered learning any other languages? How was your trip to Italy - was it business or pleasure? Was it fun?

October 31, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/JuliaBellaItalia

I know some Latin, French, and Old English. I'm really more interested in becoming fluent in Italian than in learning another language (I'm old--want to concentrate!).

The trip to Italy was pure fun. We spent a lovely week on the Amalfi Coast with a group--all we had to do was show up and have fun. Then we spent a week in Rome, trying to see every Caravaggio in the city. We came close!

Great food, great wine, wonderful scenery, nice Italians. Couldn't ask for better.

October 31, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/.Serpensortia.

Your progress is very impressive and as a language-lover I really hope that you will continue just as well in the next year! :D (And of course there goes a Lingot for you! :) )

November 1, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/Amphibian

Congrats! How did the Italians react to your italian? Are they accepting of mistakes?

November 2, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/JuliaBellaItalia

The Italians were great! Once or twice someone corrected our pronunciation--one said, "ees ok; you'll learn!" They were, for the most part, surprised and pleased that Americans were attempting to speak their language. I hope Duo will help change the idea that Americans know only English!

November 2, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/aheuett

Great progress. Thanks for motivating me to push a little harder in my daily practice.

November 2, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/Aditya92

Congratulations!! This definitely gives me motivation to continue learning Italian! :)

November 2, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/Grumpycat1

happy anniversary! i have been here for 14 months, I came here for Italian, too, because it is a beautiful language and quite useful, too. But then i realized that i really need to improve my german.....now that helped me!

November 2, 2014
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