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Several people have written to me because they are a little worried about their ability to hold their own in our new online Italian conversation classes, which start next week.
Some are concerned because they’ve never done anything similar before: speaking a foreign language, with strangers, over the Internet!
Others admit to having a good knowledge of Italian, and have maybe already taken individual lessons with our online teachers, but are anxious anyway…
Even teachers get nervous [Read More...]
It’s nine in the evening in Italy…
Dinner’s been cleared away and there’s an hour or two to while away before bed.
Vegetating in front of the TV is always an easy choice. For the unambitious.
Learning Italian is a better one.
But opening a grammar book at that time of night takes real force of character.
A little human contact would be a lot more fun! [Read More...]
Over the last month or so we’ve been offering free online Italian conversation groups.
Perhaps you were one of the many students from around the world who joined Paolo online for a chat in Italian?
In all, we we ran fifteen 30-minute sessions. It was a sort of experiment…
Could we successfully offer online GROUP classes?
We wanted to find out if it would be possible to supplement our offer of individual Italian lessons with something a little more sociable and well… affordable. [Read More...]
Yesterday’s article covered why you might feel anxious when speaking Italian.
So today, let’s take a look at a few techniques which could help you feel more confident.
Obviously, if you go into any conversation expecting to be as able as you would be when speaking your own language, you’re likely to be disappointed.
Accept that you’re not going to understand everything that’s said.
And that expressing yourself in Italian will be harder and more limiting than in your mother tongue.
Try to consciously take a different approach to a conversation in Italian than to one in your mother-tongue. For example… [Read More...]
So you’ve memorized long-lists of Italian words, conquered the main irregular verbs, and more or less got the hang of Italian’s weird sentence structure.
But speaking terrifies you.
You find yourself paralyzed with fright at the idea of having to join in a conversation.
Perhaps your fear goes so deep, you’ll actively avoid situations in which you may embarrass yourself.
Well, that’s not so unusual…
Certainly, you’re not the only one to feel that way.
But just what exactly are you afraid OF? [Read More...]
February 23, 2014 By Daniel
If you read these articles in an e-mail, you’ll only see the first few lines in future. To read the whole article (and to register for the Italian conversation groups) you’ll need to click the ‘Read more’ link and visit the website.
Statistics show us that, while a minority of people open, read and enjoy the emails, most people don’t. Long e-mails are off-putting for many people.
So, the idea is to bring people back to the website where, if they want to read the article, they can.
Or, if they find the article too tedious (sorry), at least they can click through to the free Italian exercises, courses (or maybe the shop!)