(N.b. As with yesterday’s email, this one is a ‘repurposing’ of one I sent on the penultimate Saturday of last year’s Easter Sale, though I’ve changed it quite a lot…)
Which time zone are you in?
Here in Bologna, Italy, as I start writing this, it’s just after four p.m. (on Saturday.)
I was teaching this morning (first day back after the hols), and this afternoon I have a date with the ladies at the Coop, then an aperitivo, then dinner to prepare.
Which means I need to be quick, though fortunately it doesn’t take long to say…
The Easter Sale ends at midnight on Sunday!
But of course, midnight on Sunday comes eighteen hours earlier in Australia than it does in Alaska.
How does our server handle this?
Perhaps it works out what time it is where you are, based on something technical in your browser?
Or maybe it ends the Easter Sale based on the time zone it itself is in (in Texas, USA, I think.)
I’m embarassed to say, I have no idea.
Many of you already have, but there are always some who leave it until the last minute…
For them, details of the offer, including the vital coupon code, are at the end of this article.
Now, what about those of you who have already done your shopping, bought your lesson credits, ebooks and so on?
Ragazzi, now comes the hard part!
Would that learning a language were so simple as just whipping out the credit card or typing in your Amazon or Paypal password.
Now you actually have to TAKE your lessons, STUDY those workbooks, READ and LISTEN to the ebooks.
There is, in other words, work to be done.
Getting from ‘here’, where your Italian is not as good as you’d like it to be, to ‘there’, the point at which you’ll amaze friends and colleagues with your fluency, is not going to happen by itself.
That said, getting started is simpler than it may seem.
Sketch out an undemanding study timetable, something that should be easily manageable, even in the tough weeks.
For example, an hour on a Saturday, an hour on a Sunday, and half-an-hour during your lunch break as many days as you can manage it.
Total four or five hours. That’s a great start!
Then decide what materials to begin with. Start with something easy, so as to get in some quick wins.
Do the first study session, as you planned.
Then do the next one.
Pat yourself on the back.
If you skip a session, don’t be too hard on yourself, but try not to miss the next one.
If you miss several, maybe scale down your amibitions a notch?
But do get started again.
Without too much pressure, but with some regularity, a routine will develop.
You’ll be reading and listening to Italian, taking lessons with a native-speaker teacher, doing the free material on our site.
And still getting on with your normal life.
April will become May, May will become June, and so on.
And when enough time has passed, probably many months from now, maybe several years, you will be ‘there’, though you may not realise it, as ‘there’ will have moved further off by then.
It does that.
Perhaps that’s the point…
‘Buono studio’, anyway.
Easter Sale – Just 24 hours left!
Stock up today on online Italian lessons and/or ebooks for learning Italian to save 20%!
First, find materials for your level on our Catalog page
The coupon code you need to save 20% on everything is:
easter offer 2018
Copy and paste it (carefully) into the box in your shopping cart. Press the ‘Apply coupon’ button.
Finally, scroll down to see that the cart total has been discounted.
- This offer ends in 24 hours, at midnight on Sunday 8th of April 2018
- Coupon code easter offer 2018 will save you 20% on everything!
- Use the coupon as frequently as you wish while the offer lasts
- There’s no min. or max. spend
- The coupon code will work on items which are already discounted, like the ‘bundles’
- But can’t be used with other coupons
- Pay with Amazon, Paypal or bank transfer