Lots of people read these articles, which is gratifying.
Sadly, not so many of you actually use the VAST SELECTION OF FREE MATERIAL I make available on the club website.
Visitor numbers reached an all-time high during the 2020 lockdowns, which was nice, but since then it seems that people discover our club, sign up for my wise musings (and fairly frequent attempts to sell you something), then leave it at that.
Perhaps it’s because the world has moved on from websites.
There are massively popular apps, such as Duolingo.
There are Youtubers aplenty and podcasts galore.
There are, I’m sure, enthusiastic producers of ‘learn Italian’ content on any number of other social networks.
There’s so much to choose from, you’re doubtless spoilt for choice.
Which, perhaps, is part of the problem… Where to begin?
Perhaps it’s easier not to.
Old-style websites, like granny and grandpa used learn from, with thousands of pages of totally free exercises and practice material, all in one place, organised in the six bands of the CEFR, to suit learners of every level, cost a lot to produce.
And making all the material accessible, for FREE, to anyone, at any time, ain’t much of a monetization strategy.
If there was something similar to what we have produced in the nine years we’ve been doing this, for the languages I’m learning, I’d definitely use it.
But a lot of what I’ve found is banal, or interesting but ultimately not productive, and I’m reluctant to lock myself into an app which rushes me through the grammar but doesn’t help much with comprehension.
Are websites dead, then?
If it’s not in the Apple store, on Facebook, or Youtube, perhaps it doesn’t actually exist?
For anyone reading who remembers how to click a link, here are a few to explore:
And if that’s all much, much too complicated, or just overwhelming?
Well that’ll be because learning a foreign language IS complicated and overwhelming.
Which is why a lot of ‘learn Italian’ resources attract masses of enthusiastic beginners but ever fewer learners at the higher levels, so their providers often don’t bother with intermediate- or advanced-level materials.
We are each the captain of our own language-learning ship, my friends.
For navigational tips, try ‘How to learn Italian (or any language)‘, a long article with advice from one who has been learning and teaching for decades.
Plus there are seven years’ worth of selected articles, encompassing, I hope, much wisdom and wit, on our ‘Best of‘ page. Ignore the travelogues if you wish, though those were the ones I had most fun with.
Or, here’s an idea!
You could go kill a couple of hours on Youtube.
Tuesday’s bulletin of ‘easy’ Italian news is waiting for you to read/listen to, if you haven’t already done so.
I try to get it done on the day it comes out, as it only takes 8-10 minutes…