This morning I have three things to tell you.
I’ll try to deal with them as rapidly as I can because I have a Swedish lesson in an hour and I haven’t, yet, done my homework, washed the dishes or prepared the kids’ lunch.
1. The Wednesday rant
There’s a new edition of ‘Easy Italian News‘ (Tuesday’s) waiting for you to read/listen to it.
Around a thousand people already have.
If you’re not one of them (probably not), consider yourself reminded.
N.b. several people have commented that they like to stop the audio to look up unknown words.
What a genius idea.
As if there aren’t enough unknown words, you have to go looking for them when you’re supposed to be improving your listening comprehension skills?
And knowing the new words is SO IMPORTANT to you, that you’d basically trash the value of the extended listening practice by continually pausing, rewinding, etc. (all those things that you actually CAN’T do in real life).
Beh – I’m here in Bologna in my language school whereas you are there in Australia, or Texas, or Scotland, or wherever.
So I’m not going to slap your hand away from the pause button and tell you not to be so silly.
And besides, I’m not your mother.
But I’ll say this once again, though, SLOWLY, or what passes for slowly when I’m typing and you’re reading.
THERE. ARE. ALWAYS. GOING. TO. BE. WORDS. YOU. WON’T. KNOW.
DEVELOPING. COMPREHENSION. SKILLS. INVOLVES. PRACTISING. DEALING. WITH. SUCH. UNCERTAINTIES.
WHICH. MEANS. EXTENDED. LISTENING. PRACTICE.
SUITABLE. MATERIALS. ARE. RARE (and rarely free…)
DON’T. WASTE. THEM. BY. CONTINUALLY. PAUSING. THE. AUDIO.
LISTEN. ALL. THE. WAY. THROUGH!
LEARNING. VOCABULARY. AND. PRACTICING. LISTENING. AND. READING. ARE. DIFFERENT. ACTIVITIES.
EACH. OF. WHICH. IS. MORE. EFFECTIVE. IF. KEPT. SEPARATE.
Sorry for shouting.
Listen to/read Easy Italian News all the way through.
Then do it again at least once.
And come back tomorrow (Thursday) and do the new one.
There’s no law that says you have to check the words you don’t know.
It’s understandable that you’d want to, but the danger is that you get to thinking you can’t continue reading/listening UNLESS you stop and check the part you don’t know.
AND. THAT. WAY. LIES. DISASTER!
If you want to learn new words, there are plenty of other ways to do it that don’t disrupt what is supposed to be a valuable opportunity for extensive listening practice.
For example, do two sessions. One reading/listening to Easy Italian News and then another, maybe on the ‘off’ days, when we don’t ‘broadcast’ (so Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday) reading ‘real’ news articles to datamine new words – I’m sure you’ll find lots.
Basta, on to point two.
2. Don’t want marketing? Stop reading, or get off the list
OK, I just spent 30 minutes nagging, my primary mission in life.
My other mission in life is to sell stuff.
There are various reasons for that:
- we have a team of online teachers. They need to work
- running this website and newsletter costs money, money best earnt selling ebooks
- IF I can generate a surplus, it’s reinvested usually, in new projects such as Easy Italian News
But not everyone wants to get the sales pitch, right?
Which is fine.
Advanced notice then, so you can avoid it if you wish.
NEXT week we’ll be having our Autumn Sale, which means an attractive discount on everything in our online shop – ebooks, online lessons, and so on.
If you don’t want to hear about it, stop reading these articles from Monday 01 October to Sunday 07 October (and yes, I’ll be writing something every day, so if you ARE a marketing fan, then yipee!)
There should be a link at the bottom of this text with which you can do that.
Click it and follow the simple instructions.
In which case, goodbye.
3. Book of the Week
Go on! Guess!
Oh, you guessed.
Yes, it’s £3.99.
The same as last week, and the week before, and the week before that…
If you don’t have £3.99, I’m very sorry.
We have plenty of free stuff (Easy Italian News, for example.)
If you do, though, then what better to spend it on than Il sorpasso?
It’s our ‘easy reader’ version of one of the masterpieces of Italian cinema.
You get a simplfied text and online audio.