You know that feeling of “something is in my way”? When you can literally feel that there is a barrier between you and your Italian, but you just don’t know what it is?
What were your thoughts when you first tied to understand Italian conversations? Did the conversation match your expectations? How did you feel when you heard your first words?
Making sentences, remembering words, expessing yourself… how hard it is to find the words to say in Italian?
In this interview, Giovanna from The Limonata Lounge is going to share how she learnt Italian, dealt with her first conversations when she arrived in Ischia, and found a tool to improve her skills and find the right words to say.
Do you feel like listening to Italian is like being on another planet? Like catching Italian words is like catching butterflies in a field? Like following a conversation in Italian is like running from one place to another, trying to figure out what is going on around you?
Do you get lost when someone speaks to you in Italian? Does it feel like words change one after the other too soon too fast? Like when you’ve finally caught a word, the other person has already moved on to a different subject?
I’m ready to speak Italian! This is what you say to yourself after memorizing the long list of sentences you’ve carefully written for your trip. You’ve spent the last weeks before your trip is due by planning and organizing everything .
One common thing people make when they begin to learn Italian by themselves is to memorize word and verb lists. If you think about it it’s the easiest thing to do: you print your list from Google, you read it word by and word, your repeat it and that’s it. But what happens when you try to make sentences in Italian and have your first conversations?