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Archive for October, 2008

Reply: how to improve speaking and listening skills

Posted by Monica Corrias on October 25, 2008

Cheryl wrote me: “I am recently taking a class of italian. Yes, I do recognise some words. but the point is that my speaking and listening skill are still bad. Could you kindly advise me how to improve my speaking and listening. Thanks & regards!”

This is my reply:

To learn a language, you have to live in the everyday situations so you will be able to communicate in a few time.
Unfortunately, not everyone has the opportunity to spend an amount of time abroad.
If you are studying Italian in your country and you are not be able to improve your ability, try a different approach: speak Italian with a native speaker in a natural way (Italian people are almost everywhere).

The purpose is to communicate, not just to do some academic exercises and you need to have conversation in Italian, listen to spoken Italian and Italian songs. I suggest downloading mp3 files that you can listen to on your mp3 every day.

Yes, I suggest that you spend some time every day listening to Italian songs to improve your listening skills and your confidence in Italian language. I am sure: slowly but definitely, your confidence will grow up.

If you really need to improve your listening skills, you should be quiet and do not  be distracted by only one part of the meaning (and therefore miss the important part): you have to try to understand the general meaning (and guess the other section).

When you find a piece you have difficulty with, ask to your teacher to repeat it and then listen to and try it again until it becomes clear.

But remember: the main focus is “to practise“!

You can also improve your vocabulary and comprehension reading magazines or simple books, but remember that many Italian words look like English words and have the same or similar meanings.
E.g.  idea/idea (but with a different pronunciation) penna/pen, stazione/station, museo/museum, professore/professor, difficile/difficult, intelligente/intelligent, stupido/stupid, but avoid the temptation to make absolute comparisons between Italian and English: it is impossible!

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due (=2) proverbi italiani

Posted by Monica on October 24, 2008

– La pratica vale più della grammatica.
Experience is the best teacher

– L’abito non fa il monaco = The habit does not make the monk.
(idiomatic) Clothes don’t make the man.

turista

E visto che nella foto ci sono io, significano:
1) ragazzi, uscite e praticate la lingua italiana
2) in chiesa non ci sono soltanto monaci 😉

Posted in Italian for foreigners, Italian language, Italian proverbs, Italienische Sprache, learn Italian on line, Learning Italian | Tagged: , | 2 Comments »

Italian indefinite articles

Posted by Monica Corrias on October 15, 2008

Ciao a tutti! Oggi è mercoledì e sono le sei =Today is Wednesday and it is 6:00 p.m.

It is a gorgeous day here in Rome, with bright sunshine and warm temperature. How are you today? Are you full of energy for your Italian lesson? I hope so.

Do you know Italian indefinite articles? They are very important to order a drink or something to eat, therefore I suggest learning them as soon as possible if you don’t want to run the risk to starve. 😉

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Italian song and Italian pronouns

Posted by Monica on October 7, 2008

Ciao, come state?
State imparando l’italiano?
Nei giorni scorsi ho inserito, nella pagina “Italian classes” due nuove pagine per voi. La prima è un piccolo dialogo con alcuni pronomi oggetto diretto, la seconda è per farvi ascoltare un po’ di musica italiana (by Jovanotti), e per farvi sentire un po’ di pronomi (riflessivi, diretti e indiretti).

Buono studio e buon ascolto

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