There’s a lot of rubbish on the Internet about how to learn Italian, or any foreign language.
I certainly don’t want to add more.
But there’s also plenty of good advice, if you know where to look.
Most of the best originates from serious, credible sources, such as university departments.
For instance, while researching this article I came across lots of interesting stuff about what makes a successful language learner.
One word that cropped up often was “strategies”.
Do you have the right strategies to learn Italian?
There are lots of good “ways” to approach learning a foreign language. Researchers call them “strategies”.
Which strategy or strategies are right for you will depend a lot on your situation, your objectives, and your motivation.
What is NOT likely to work well is to try studying a foreign language the way you may have studied other, different things in the past. And to do only what you always did, no matter what.
Languages are complicated, and there are a lot of different things you have to learn to do (speaking, listening, reading, writing, pronunciation, conjugating verbs, choosing the right word, etc.)
One UK university advises students to self-evaluate, and consider what they could do to be more successful at learning foreign languages:
Which language learning strategies do you already use (look at the checklist below)?
Which of the learning strategies below could you add to your own repertoire of learning strategies?
Can you identify some of your own strengths and weaknesses in language learning?
Which activities below do you think you do well; which don’t you do enough of?
How could you organise the time you have for language learning in a more productive way?
(src: http://www.southampton.ac.uk/cls/resources/key.html )
They offer a checklist of strategies that students could consider using:
(Click here to visit their website and use the checklist for yourself!)
The secret is…
The secret is, to always be open to new ways of learning, especially when circumstances change or when your existing ways of learning Italian are not bringing the results you expected.
In short, don’t just focus on WHAT you are studying. For optimum results, pay attention to the WAY you learn, too.
Over to you
Which strategies do you employ to help you learn Italian? Leave a comment on this article.
P.S. You haven’t forgotten that the 20% discount offer on Italian courses in Bologna has only five more days to run, have you??