Well, I suppose I read The Economist each week.
Most days I cook for my wife and kids, wash the dishes and go to the supermarket.
I study Swedish, and I try to go for a walk, even if it’s only down to the park, round the lake, and back again.
What about you?
Could you have this conversation in Italian??
We’re at F, for ‘Free Time’.
There’s a list of verbs, some adverbs of frequency, and a reading comprehension exercise.
Here’s the link: Free Time & Adverbs of Frequency
By the way, a page like that would be a great basis for an online lesson.
That is to say a REAL online lesson: some conversation practice, feedback (and fun) with an Italian native speaker teacher.
I have an online lesson myself in an hour or so.
I’ve done fifteen hours so far, with two separate teachers.
While I’d studied for almost a year (on and off…) before I started the lessons, my conversation was zero.
Like literally nothing, I’m not kidding.
Before the first lesson, I was looking up the Swedish equivalent of ‘Hi, how are you?’
A month, maybe six weeks, later and I’m spending a lesson trying to explain what I’m working on this week.
The Swedish words for ‘company’, ‘marketing’, and ‘promotion’ feature.
Honestly, I’ve been amazed at just how useful this has been in activating the passive knowledge I had built up, and boosting my confidence.
You should definitely try it!
Which reminds me, next week there’s our annual January Sale on ebooks and… wait for it… online lessons!
Bet you guessed that was coming.
Monday is Christmas, so you’ll be busy eating ‘tortellini in brodo’.
But by mercoledì 27 dicembre, I reckon we’ll all be bored of festivities and ready to get back to our studies.
So the sale starts then.
Watch this space for full details.
And talking of marketing (‘marknadsföring’ – bit of a mouthful, isn’t it?), this week our Italian school in Bologna has it’s ‘best discount of the year’ promotion on 2018 Italian courses.
Find out more here:
And here are three articles I’ve written for that promotion:
Think I’ve covered everything.
Buon Natale a tutti voi!
Ci sentiamo lunedì.