Buondì. More definitions from Google, courtesy of Oxford Languages: noun: inertia 1. a tendency to do nothing or to remain unchanged. “the bureaucratic inertia of the various tiers of government” 2. PHYSICS a property of matter by which it continues in its existing state of rest or uniform motion in a straight line, unless that […]
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Choose your communities carefully
Buondì. A few words about your community, or communities actually, as these days we all participate in different ones, of different types. And often through different mediums, for example the Internet. Google quotes two definitions of ‘community’ from Oxford Languages: 1. a group of people living in the same place or having a particular characteristic […]
Goodbye teacher, hello new teacher!
Buondì. We have around two hundred and fifty active students taking one-to-one online ‘lessons’ with club teachers, amongst whom I number myself. I try to do thirty minutes each of Swedish, French, Turkish and Spanish conversation each week. I rarely, if ever, cancel my regular practice sessions, though I have forgotten a few recently, due […]
Got your EU Digital Covid Certificate (or equivalent), yet?
Buondì. Yesterday I got an SMS from our regional health authority inviting me to download an app, input the enclosed code, and voila, I’d be able to get my EU Digital Covid Certificate, ready to display at borders and the entrances to discotheques. Downloading the app from the Android store was simple, as downloading apps […]
Scored 100% on the test?
Buondì. Internationally-valid Italian language exams are available at levels from A1 (the lowest) thru A2, B1, B2, C1 and C2 (the highest). In general, I think that including exams in your language learning is helpful, as an external benchmark of your progress and, assuming you pass, as something to boast about – I passed A2 […]
One thing that would almost certainly help you a lot…
Buondì. One thing that would almost certainly help you a lot with your Italian is to spend more time measuring your progress. Many learners do this woefully badly. They measure their progress according to how many chapters they’ve completed of the book they’re studying from, for example. Or according to the name of the course they’re […]
Who makes the decisions about how you learn Italian?
Buondì. Who makes the decisions about how you learn Italian? By which I mean what the learning objectives are, what activites are included, in what order, in what percentage of the time available, with what mechanism to evaluate progress, and with which remedial activities, when your progress is not what was hoped for. Is it […]
“How to practice talking and writing?”
Buondì. I’m pushed for time today, so I’m copying and pasting an email I received Daniel, You have a convert in the reading and listening techniques. On the other side I would love to see a letter from you on how to practice talking and writing. Example. I am trying to write (or talk to […]
Buondì. Type “learn Italian” into Google and you might find OnlineItalianClub.com on the first page of results (though it varies, Google is fickle.) I tried it with Bing, just out of curiosity, and we were somewhere near the bottom of the second page, which still isn’t bad for what is basically a hobby website. No […]
This is how human brains learn foreign languages
Buondì. Here’s an observation of how human brains learn foreign languages, using my own brain as an example. Amazingly, considering I’ve spent nearly thirty years teaching what for others is a foreign language, and have learnt several languages, to a reasonable level, it’s really, really rare that I actually notice myself learning. Of course, I’m […]