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 .
You’ve looked for the sentences you might need and written them in a notebook with an English translation on the right. Then, you’ve repeated them over and over again, maybe by using flashcards or even by recording them on your phone.
Finally, you land in Italy, ready and ethusiastic that you’re going to practice what you’ve learned and speak Italian with the locals.
You approach the first person and… hold on a second, what is going on here?
This is not what I expected! What is this person talking about? What are they saying?
And what DO I have to say?
Moment of embarassing silcence and…
Excuse me, can you speak in English, please?
Dear Lord, why? All this time spent practicing, writing and repeating to the point that you got sick of Italian. What could have possibly gone wrong?
Let’s see what might have happened.
To start with, being a beginner and speaking with a native speaker is an extremely stressful situation. Italian people tend to speak really fast sometimes, and it takes time to get to understand a fast speech. The best thing to do in these situation is to ask people “può ripetere, per favore?“ (can you repeat, please?). It’s going to give the other person a sign that they have to talk at a reasonable pace.
Then, when you’re preparing yourself to speak, memorizing lists of sentences is, sadly, not enough. You need a key ingredient in order to succeed, and this key ingredient is
It is absolutely possible to listen and speak Italian as a beginner, but you need to train yourself to do this, if you want to avoid those moments of silence followed by a long I-don’t-know-what-to-say moment.
So, here you can find a listening and speaking practice that will help you with that.
The task is really simple:
First, you’re going to listen to three sentences two times. Then, you’re going to listen to these sentences again, but this time you’re also going to read them.
Having an audio and a visual support in important to build that sound-word connection.
Then, in the third part, you’re going to listen, read and then repeat all of these sentences. Finally, in the fourth part, you’re going to just listen and then repeat these sentences after me.
Here you have the theory, now it’s time for you to put it into practice.
Let me know how it goes. 🙂
HOW TO OVERCOME FEAR AND OVERWHELM WHEN SPEAKING ITALIAN
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