Even though it’s New Year’s Day, it’s still Friday.
So here we are with a new Italian Conversation for you!
We’re still shopping, but this time at the bookshop. Here’s the link: Shopping, Libreria
Or check out all thirty-eight of our free Italian dialogues + transcripts on the Italian Conversations homepage.
They’re there for you to read and listen to as often as you wish, completely free of charge.
Elsewhere on the site you’ll find over a thousand pages of other free material for learning Italian.
They’re also free.
Oh, and you don’t need to register, log-in or remember a password to use them.
Seth Godin’s post today contained some wise words that I thought were very applicable to learning foreign languages.
The post is about ‘Expectations’ and how you can modify yours. I’ve picked out two lines for you:
Lower the expectations that you’ll find an easy way out.
Raise your expectations for how much consistent daily action can transform your status quo.
(Read his full article here.)
Languages are codes for communicating.
You learn a foreign language when you use it to communicate with others who share the code.
If you don’t live in a community where that language is spoken, you can still participate through electronic media (TV, Internet, etc.) or by reading.
Admittedly, it’s hard at first. But it does get easier.
And the more you use the language code, the easier it gets for you to encode the meaning you want to transmit, and to decode the meanings received from others.
Given that we’re talking about massively complex systems, it’s true: there’s no ‘easy way’ to learn a foreign language.
But ‘consistent daily action’ will make a huge difference to your confidence and ability.
January Sale Reminder
The 2016 January Sale has five more days to run.
Anyone currently taking online Italian lessons with us, who intends to continue in 2016, should stock up on lesson credits before the sale ends.
For those of you who like our e-books, ditto. The next sale won’t be until June or July…
Some of you are buying material not just for your current level but for several levels ahead, so as to have plenty of material to keep you interested over the coming months.
Now, that’s what I call ‘New Year’s resolution’!
Here are the details of the January Sale, again:
- Select the lesson options or ebooks that interest you from our online shop
- In your shopping cart, copy and paste the coupon code: januarysale2016
- The coupon code will discount everything in your shopping cart by 16%
- The coupon is valid until Jan. 6th 2016
- Use the coupon code as often as you want until that date
Or go browse our e-books for learning Italian, especially the extensive range of Italian easy readers.
(To see everything organised by level, and to download free sample chapters, go here.)