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Strategies and Tips for Rapid Language Acquisition

I've successfully studied German and Spanish, but frankly wasn't very strategic about it.  I am hoping to acquire competency at the B1 or B2 level in Italian in much less time than it took for me to do so in German and Spanish.  Does anyone have any tips or strategies to share?


Here's what I've done so far: 

- I started my Italian journey with Pimsleur Italian Levels 1 and 2, mostly to get a feel for the rhythms, intonations and sounds of the language

- I've since spent some time with the yabla Italian videos, which have transcripts and games, again to get a feel for the rhythyms and to begin to acquire some listening comprehension

- I've signed up for some italki trial lessons, made some notebook posts and started looking for language partners.

What have you done that's been effective?  Anything you tried that didn't work out so well?


Sep 27, 2016 2:26 PM
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I like some songs by Riccardo Cocciante. He may not be the easiest person to understand, though.  I like Zucchero too.
September 27, 2016

Edit: Actually, the first is to know and master all the sounds. But that's like 1-2 days work and then simple pronunciation practice with the grammar flash cards is enough.

For me (Slavic languages, though) the best is learn the grammar through different sentences on flash cards as well as a daily gloss over some tables and continue to add grammar until you understand it all and can make virtually any sentence construction.


Then reading/talking/daily revision with flash cards.


You could also just put all the grammar tables on flash cards and memorize them, it'll go faster but you'll probably know all the grammar and zero sentences. I think what I do is a good middle ground and I do learn the grammar really fast.

September 27, 2016
One other thing that I found effective with German was lots of passive listing.  I especially like to listen to music and news.  I don't yet have many Italian vocalists.  Does anyone have any favorites?
September 27, 2016

i'm italian...

i don't know good web resources for learn my language...

(why didn't you people send me a letter for language exchange?)

i think a good way in the beginning is audiobooks for disable and old people... 

(this is because some dialogs are incredibile boried respect a story...

this is why i prefer take a semplificated book in english... like conad doyle... lost world... etc..

what the hell do i have to listen stupid people speaking at the phone)


all this audiobooks are very well spoken...

very slow...very clear...with a good vocabolary...

not this damn italian sheep spoken we have now...


thought with love for old people have lost the possibility to read...


they don't tell you a story for orwellian sheep...

you can have some of the best lecterature we had here...


it's an estetic question here...


believe me...

it's not so hard take a apple in a market...

you see two handred of video...

there are vocabolary for two hundred fo things to wear...


but really here...

you have only to show what you want  with you finger... 


i think other things are beautiful in our language...

expecially you can see them in the parallel books...

where is clear this language don't descibe situations... describe emotions...







September 27, 2016

Ciao, Michael!

Scrivo in inglese perchè so quasi nessun italiano!

I found the same difficulty in learning German.  My reading comprehension is pretty good, as is my knowledge of grammar.  Listening comprehension is good.  But speaking remains painful.  I hope to avoid that with Italian.

Dan

September 27, 2016
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English, German, Italian, Polish, Russian, Spanish
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German, Italian, Polish, Russian, Spanish