Were you one of those people who accepted my 2014 Improve your Listening Challenge?
I haven’t forgotten you, you know…. There were 26 enthusiastic “ci sto”s (Click here and scroll down to read them.)
Sergei, Sue Stanford, Willem-Jan, John Thompson, Mary-Teresa Branton, Vicki, Lee, Rich, Tom, Stuart Reininger, Dot Read, Dianne Perrin, Julian, Linda LoCascio, Terry, Simon Hutton, July Rice, Katy Wheeler, Charlotte, Ruth Stephens, Margaret, Jean, Hildegarde, Cyndie and Chris…
how’s it going?
Have you improved your Italian listening in the last four weeks?
I’d like a progress report, please.
What’s working? What’s not? Why? Why not?
I’m keen to hear all about it, even if it’s just “I’ve been too busy” (know the feeling…)
What’s all this about, then?
If you’ve just joined us at OnlineItalianClub.com, or aren’t on the mailing list and so haven’t been getting the articles, catch up here:
- Want to understand Italian better in 2014?
- ‘Improve your listening’, day 1 – Start here
- ‘Improve your listening’, Day 2, The man with the plan
- ‘Improve your listening’ Day 3, I encounter an obstacle
- ‘Improve your listening’ Day 4, On motivation
- ‘Improve your listening’ Day 5, Why learning Italian is like learning to juggle
My progress with the French…
You’ll recall that the idea was to pick up a language that I did at school, 30 years ago, so as to level the playing field. After all, I live in Italy, and have been here for years, so it wouldn’t be fair to use Italian as an example…
I described my plan to improve my French listening here. I estimated about 6-7 weeks to improve my French listening from a mid-A2 to a mid-B1…
The idea was to start with the easiest material I could find (A1 listening exams), then work up gradually hoping that this would ‘reactivate’ my knowledge of the language and gradually build my listening skills towards B1…
Today is the end of the fourth week – you’ll have read about my ups and downs, which can be summed up as having had periods of simply not doing anything.
But recently I’ve got back on track. Today I completed my third A2 listening test, and scored a satisfying 100%! I’ve also completed a lot of the free online material I found, which has helped build my confidence.
So, broadly speaking I’m still on target… I have another day or two with the A2 material, before stepping up to the B1 tests, and beginning with more authentic listenings.
I’m giving myself another three weeks or so to achieve my goal of passing a B1 listening test similar to the one I failed miserably at the beginning of this year.
If I manage it, you can be sure you’ll be hearing about it.
If not, I’ll let you know why. It’s likely we all experience the same doubts, difficulties and motivational lows, after all.
Over to you…
If I can stick with this, and be making progress, then so can you.
So, let’s hear about it!
P.S. Watch this space for details of 2 free online speaking opportunities in the coming week (if you don’t open your emails, or aren’t on our mailing list, you are SO going to miss out!)