There’s lots of advice on the Internet on how to learn Italian.
Often it covers how to memorize lists of words, or focuses on the weirder Italian grammar concepts.
Sadly, a lot of what you’ll see is obvious, unhelpful or even just plain wrong.
Studying grammar and vocabulary is a waste of time
Or rather, studying grammar and vocabulary in isolation is a waste of time.
It’s certainly much less effective than learning new words and structures in the context of a longer spoken or written text.
Your brain is set up to learn things as they relate to other things.
That is to say, in context.
Read a book, or watch a film, and what you learn will really mean something to you.
Which will make it easy to remember.
As well as more interesting.
Learning grammar in context is almost effortless compared to formal studying.
Just think of how you learnt your mother tongue.
The power of story-telling
Learning a language takes a hell of a long time.
Most people never reach the level they dream of.
The problem, in a nut shell, is keeping at it.
Which is exacerbated by the extremely tedious approach used in many courses and text books.
Motivation is ALL in language-learning.
Get that sorted, and you’re home and dry!
Over the last two days I’ve spent an unusual amount of time with my daughter, Sofia, who persuaded me to splash out on the box of ‘Game of Thrones’
(For those of you in Australia, that’s a TV series with dragons, princesses, and so on.)
I don’t normally watch TV at all, but in the last two evenings we’ve watched 7 episodes together.
Each episode finishes with various plot-lines unresolved.
So we just HAVE to watch another one, like right now!
Harness that power in your language-learning, grasshopper, and your mastery of Italian is all-but assured.
The ’50 Shades of Grey’ approach
There’s a 20-year old foreign languages student at our school in Bologna who has the whole ’50 shades of…’ series on her Kindle, in the language she’s trying to learn.
You know how LONG those books are?
Last I heard she was half-way through the second volume.
Her language skills were improving in leaps and bounds.
And her conversation has gotten more interesting too!
How context and motivation will help you learn Italian
You are hard-wired to show an interest in what other people are doing. Especially the gory or romantic details…
And to want to know what happens next.
Grammar you study in isolation is hard to remember.
But new language presented in context is easier to work out.
And the frequent repetition you get in stories makes memorization unnecessary.
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Anyone tried the ’50 Shades of Grey’ approach to learning Italian?
As always, I’d love to hear your ideas.
Let’s get a good argument going!