I’ve just been updating the new ‘Other Resources for Learning Italian‘ page with your suggestions. There’s loads of good stuff there, thank you all!
I also added some notes, including this:
CRITERIA FOR INCLUSION ON THIS PAGE: anything of potential use to club members. That is likely to exclude anything that is only a paid-service or product, for example a site which ONLY sells lessons with a teacher, or a book or course for sale on Amazon, unless there is a significant free component.
What does this mean? That I’m happy to include competing sites and products, but only if they offer at least some stuff that people don’t have to pay for and that is available to everyone, as we do. I think that’s fair.
Many people emailed me their suggestions. Others commented on Friday’s article, or tried to…
While I was updating the new page I came across a significant number of comments that people had kindly left but which had not been published.
Unless you’ve had a comment published before, what you write won’t show up automatically the first time. I have to ‘moderate’ new commenters first, that is to say, check they aren’t just using the site to post spammy or dangerous links.
After that first moderation, subsequent comments will be published automatically.
We get few genuine comments, so it’s not a lot of work. Unfortunately, like most websites, we get loads of spam comments, hundreds each week.
There are filters to help with the job of moderation. Anything from certain areas of the Internet, for example, or containing certain keywords, ends up in ‘trash’ automatically.
This week it seems that the filters were overly-enthusiastic and the result was that half a dozen or so of people’s heart-felt suggestions went straight into the bin!
Fortunately I check first, before I delete the spam, so I pulled them right back out again. Apologies for the delay – all the genuine comments that I received should now be visible, including one with a link to a paid-for service which didn’t make it onto the other resources page.
You can read the comments on Friday’s article, which include many useful and motivating ideas, by clicking the link and scrolling down to the bottom of the article.
OK, what else?
Yesterday we published a new edition of Easy Italian News, so do make sure you’ve read/listened to that.
And there’ll be another edition tomorrow (Thursday).
But none on Saturday this week as it’s a public holiday in Italy and newspapers here never publish on ‘giorni festivi’ (so why should I, I thought?)
Things’ll be back to normal next week: Easy Italian News.
That’s about it for today.
Keep sending your ‘Other Resources for Learning Italian‘ suggestions.
But help me out by checking that your favorite video, course, podcast or whatever isn’t already included.
A venerdì, allora.