https://www.duolingo.com/KateM303

I spoke Italian for the first time!!

I've been studying Italian on and off since February but have not had a reason to speak it. When I started at my new part time job at Barnes and Noble I found out one of my coworkers lived in Italy for a few years. At that point I hadn't dont any Italian for a while so wasn't prepared to speak to him. Tonight was the first time we overlapped shifts since then, I found out he has a brother, 3 sets of aunts and uncles, a dog, and wants a cat. I was able to tell him I have a sister, many aunts and uncles, a dog and two fish. Not the longest conversation, and I was super nervous about it trying to come up with what to say. But it was a great first start! Does the nervousness when it comes to speaking ever really go away?

December 20, 2014

23 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/G0108

The nervousness goes away once you learn to accept your mistakes. It's hard to do (I can't really do it either), but trust me if you get corrected it helps a lot. Confidence also helps. Once you have a good conversation with somebody in the target language, and the person says you spoke well, you have to build off of that. Don't look for flaws and feel bad, look for flaws and fix them.

December 20, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/connorhay12

That is so cool that you actually got to use your new language. I haven't had any opportunities to use Spanish yet, except for when I am in Spanish class at school.

December 20, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/ValehSanti

My native language is spanish, so I can help you too. (:

December 20, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/TracyS221

I would love to have someone to help me practice Spanish too! :)

December 20, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/nevicata23

I thats so kind to all the other people who need help:)

December 20, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/Matheus_H

My native language is portuguese

December 22, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/nevicata23

i'm sure you get to eventually maybe try talking to your teacher or someone you know who is spanish?

December 20, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/jmiguelasturias

Yo te puedo ayudar a practicar tu Español.

December 20, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/Grumpycat1

oh my, congrats! both for the job and the opportunity.....and the nervousness goes away eventually.....after a few dialogues.....and, most important, focus on what you can say, not what you cannot say/ say with mistakes......this is essential in the beginning.....self-reflexion comes second.....as you get to B1 level or so.....and Happy holiday!

December 20, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/rcpjenn

I love the Italian language! Interestingly, I found that when I speak Italian, I have a stutter! Gotta work on that! I'd also like to find friends to practice with!

December 20, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/jeffrey.eggers

Congratualtions, Kate. The first time is the hardest. Keep at it!

December 20, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/Andy_Dufresne

I took my first trip to Italy in October. My only experience speaking was limited spurts in class. I was too self-conscious to speak Italian to anyone who was completely bi-lingual, but I found out that such folks were more the exceptions. When someone only spoke a little English, I was much more relaxed. I did pretty well. If I could have stayed a few months... Maybe down the road? Anyway, good to hear your story.

December 20, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/petroellie

I guess it goes away with practice and general exposure to the language (movies, chat...) . Congratulations for your successful attempt ;) Keep going!

December 21, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/MoreViolas

Of course, nerves go away when you become familiar with any task.

December 21, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/Albrechtion

My first Italian conversation (okay, one sentence) consisted of me telling an Italian exchange student that my Italian wasn't very good :P

December 21, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/RaspberryBlue_It

Complimenti, per il risultato. Continua così. For the others: I hear often enough on the net people complaining that learning animals is of little importance. But this girl clearly demostrate the contrary.

April 9, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/KateM303

Thanks everyone! It helped trying to remember the general lessons of what I could talk about with family and animals. Having a general topic idea helped. Hopefully more chances to speak Italian will come soon!

December 21, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/mrsticks1982

Congrats! As someone else said, concentrate on what you can say and express. It can and will be incredibly frustrating at times, because you want to express a complicated idea, but you don't yet have the vocabulary to do so! I studied the language for years, let it rot, and began studying again earlier this year, in preperation for a trip to Italy in the summer. I almost think it was easier talking to shop keepers and tour guides than it was to people on the street. Maybe I'm imagining it, but context is apparently big for me. I can mentally prepare for the conversation I have to have with a guy selling me wine or pizza, but you really can't prepare for the conversation you have with someon on the street, waiting for the bus! Good luck and keep at it!

December 22, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/JozCanova

I am brasilian. i speak English and the first time I had the oportunity to put in practice what i have had learned I remember that my legs were shaking. Of course I made many mistakes ( I still make it!), but it doesn't matter when the most important I got: to change information. Now I'm studying Italian, and I don't know when I'll have chance to use it, but I can't hardly wait. Let's go ahead!!!!

December 22, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/CatherinGregory

Great topic! Atm, I only have the confidence to speak to il mio cane... it's a rather one sided conversation. I'm thinking I might pay for some teacher/skype time in the New Year. Any recommendations?

December 22, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/KateM303

I speak to il mio cane in Italian as well. It's a good first step. :)

December 22, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/LimeLimit

like me, i speak to my cat in english XD

December 23, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/LatecomerLaurie

(American English speaker) There's a website called conversationexchange.com that matches up people who speak one language and want to practice the other. So it's free, and you can use text, Skype or face to face.

December 23, 2014
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