As part of my ‘20 goals before 20‘, I am starting the journey of learning Italian. I am very aware that this is not going to be easy but it’s something I wanted to do for a while so I’m going to try my best! I have a few ideas on how to get started, I think the best way to this is to incorporate Italian into my everyday life and *hopefully* turn it in to a norm.
So, for starters I have more books on Italian than I can wave a stick at. And I love reading. So, I vow to always have a language pocket book in my handbag at all times. I will probably start with carrying around my “Italian for kids” book though..
The books I have completely vary, starting with an Italian Business Dictionary and ending at a book all about the culture of their food and drink and recipes. Some I inherited from my Dad, he spoke something stupid like 8 languages because he was a translator in the RAF, which meant he had so many books in pretty much every language. He was fluent in quite a few, but I’m pretty sure there wasn’t a single language that he couldn’t speak, if only roughly. From him, I have Russian books, Spanish books, and now lots of Italian books. The rest came from charity shops, I bloody love charity shops.
Next up, I’m going to get a pen pal. From Italy, of course. Preferably someone who speaks good English so that they can understand me but still teach me little bits of Italian, and then I can test myself by eventually writing the whole thing in Italian, and hope they understand me. Pen pals are massively underrated, it sounds so fun. I haven’t had a pen pal since First School so I’m quite excited to start this. But I’m going to wait until I have a little grasp on the language first.
I love a good movie, like seriously love them. I figured if I started to watch movies with Italian subtitles, and after while change the language of the movie to Italian with English subtitles and then eventually take subtitles away completely. I think this would help because not only do you see the words, but you hear the pronunciation which super important in order to obtain a little bit of fluency.
Once I have a good understanding and can speak basic Italian and read it, etc.. For a little bit each day, I’m going to change the language on my phone to Italian. I don’t use anything more than my phone, so what better way to try and learn a new language? I’ll probably download an app or two to help along the way as well.
So, what do you think? Do you think I can do it? Let me know in the comments if you have any advice!