Just checking – for club members that do, or have done in the past, 1-1 online lessons or conversation with native speakers over at NativeSpeakerTeachers.com – did you get an email yesterday from their teaching management team, with the coupon code for next week’s offer?
If not, check your spam, as we like to get our regular students sorted out before the Summer Sale opens to everyone else on Monday 4th of July.
Anyone who hasn’t tried one-to-one lessons, really should!
Glance through these reviews (they’re all genuine, and all reviews are published, even the critical ones…)
You’ll notice words like ‘enjoyable’ and phrases such as ‘my speaking has improved’ come up again and again.
Sometimes people write, in reviews or in emails to me, that they wish they hadn’t left it so long before beginning, that they regret all those months, even years, in which they could have been interacting with a native speaker but instead spent with a grammar book or app…
Actually, that was also my own experience, having finished the whole of Duolingo Swedish before daring to try an online lesson – and in the first one, I couldn’t say a word!!
It’s not rocket science. If you want to improve, you need to practice, and speaking and listening are ‘real time’ skills, which means you need to actually DO THEM to get better.
‘Slowed down’ audios are easier, but they’re no substitute for someone looking you in the eye and saying something to you in Italian, or whichever language you’re learning. You need to respond appropriately, and now, not in a minute or so when you’ve got your conjugations sorted out!
That takes a little getting used to, I can tell you.
But people do get used to it.
It’s just a matter of time, and of having the guts to engage with the process, even though you may fear embarrassment or doubt that you’re capable.
NativeSpeakerTeachers.com also has French, Spanish and German teachers, by the way.
At one point during the pandemic I was doing weekly one-to-ones in Swedish, Turkish, Spanish and French, though now, because of Roomie, I’m restricted to just Swedish….
Want to give it a try yourself?
Wait until next week, when the coupon code is valid for everyone. and you’ll save 20% on the regular prices (here).
I’ll be including the coupon code in Monday’s article, and in bulk email to our various lists throughout the coming week.
N.b. The coupon code that the teaching admin team sent to existing students, which will be released here on Monday 4th, is also good to use in our ebooks shop, EasyReaders.org.
There, you’ll find literally hundreds of ebooks, mostly for learners of Italian, but also for French, Spanish and German.
They’re listed by type and in level order (scroll slowly down the catalog page to get an idea of what you’re missing), and there are FREE SAMPLE CHAPTERS for almost everything.
Take a look. Check out multiple free sample chapters, until you find something that feels the right level, and that interests you.
‘Easy readers’ have an online audio. Listen to it, to make sure it’s not too fast.
Add anything that grabs you to your Cart (you can always delete things later), BUT DON’T BUY ANYTHING UNTIL YOU HAVE THE COUPON CODE – regular online students already have it, everyone else gets it Monday.
So ‘window shopping’ only today, and over the weekend.
Then Monday, the coupon code to save 20% on everything arrives, and via!
You’ll be sorted for things to study for the rest of the summer.
Have you listened to Thursday’s bulletin of ‘easy’ Italian news, yet?
It’s FREE, as is subscribing to receive each of the three weekly bulletins, directly to your email inbox, immediately they are published every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday.