30 Minute Italian
[Podcast 36] 5 Questions You Need to Ask Yourself About Learning Italian to Truly Make Progress

Welcome to the 31 Day Learn Italian Challenge!

I'm so happy you're here as it means you've decided to take your Italian to the next level.

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The most important part of this challenge is today because in order to get anywhere, we have to figure out where you want to go and why.

Take out a sheet of paper or open a new word document (that you'll print out), and answer the following questions.

1.) Why do you want to learn Italian?

When answering this question, get down to the very core. Keep asking yourself why.

For example, if your immediate response is ‘Because I want to travel to Italy, then ask Why? Your next answer might be “Because Italy is beautiful, and I want an adventure.” Ask yourself why again and you might come up with a deeper meaning like “I want to have a story worth telling.”

I asked a couple of people from The Iceberg Project community, and here are the answers I got back.

"I'm learning Italian because I have friends that only speak Italian and whom I love very much. I'd like to communicate more than, ‘Hi, how are you', to them. When we initially met, Italian wasn't particularly an interest for me. But when I heard them speak and speak among each other, I was immediately hooked!

I love the emotion behind every word they speak. I enjoy watching how they all, what seems to me, argue yet it's normal everyday conversation to them. I love the double consonant pronunciation! How it can make a difference between saying vinegar or accept! :D It's a beautiful melodic language spoken by beautiful warm people. And I'd like to be one of those people. ;)

I'm also learning Italian because my husband and I are dedicated to an educational volunteer service, which at the moment is focusing on the Italian community. And we'd like to be of full assistance to them.
It's also a great hobby that my husband and I share. It also brings us together. :) "
- Liliana Barrera
Anna Roper at the Trevi Fountain
The next example comes from Anna Roper who is dating an Italian, Matteo.
" It's not just because Matteo is Italian although that does come into. it a bit.
I already think of his family as my italian family, and whenever we talk to them on Skype I am forever saying Ciao mamma, ti voglio bene!
But iI want to learn partly for that reason to be able to connect with his Mum and&nonna grandmother) when we return to Italy in a way that I wasn't able to the first time I met them. I tried as much as I could when i was there in December/January last year and picked up a few things, like I always told her quanto sei bella (You're so beautiful) and that always made her smile.
But it will be nice to surprise them in a way that I can connect to them on a level with words in a way that I couldn't without them.
However, I also want to learn Italian because it is part of my roots. My grandmother, though born in New Zealand, is Italian, so therefore I have one-quarter Italian blood running through my veins.
While I don't have much to do with my father's family as I was raised by my mother, I have always been fascinated with that heritage of my family, and as I have gotten older and ended up with an Italian boyfriend, it has caused me to be more fascinated with the culture and to want to understand parts of my own family roots.
My attempt to learn it has in turn caused me to become closer to my father in a way i hadn't been before.
And another reason was that when i was in Italy people kept mistaking me for an Italian, and then I opened my mouth and it was ruined. So even though when I go back to Rome in February next year and probably have some crazed kiwi italian accent, then those italians can be mistaken once again.
I won't ruin my fantasy of being mistaken for an Italian by opening my mouth!
Oh and I also want to learn Italian so when I'm with Matteo and his Italian friends, I'm not sitting there getting confused about what they are saying.
So I guess for me there are lots of reasons for me to learn this bella lingua!
-Anna Roper

2.) What are your concerns about the next 31 days?

What are your fears and concerns surrounding the 31 Day Challenge? Get ‘em out now. Are you scared of having to learn grammar? Scared of having to speak the language? Worried about having enough time?

Write down at least three.

3.) What progress do you want to make in the next 31 days?

Be realistic. Don't expect to be conversational in the next 31 days if you're an absolute beginner.

If you're a beginner, then declare something like “I want to learn the most important verbs and how to conjugate them. I also want to learn 35 of the most useful phrases and how to pronounce them properly.”

If you're an intermediate learner, you can say “I want to expand my vocabulary by learning 50 more phrases and improve my speaking through writing short compositions, having them corrected on Italki and recording them by video.”

4.) What are your big goals for Italian?

As an example, here are mine:

  • Improve my pronunciation.

  • Expand knowledge of vocabulary.

  • Improve speaking capacity.

5.) What are your micro-goals?

Those goals above are pretty huge, so it's best you break them down so they're manageable and achievable.

Per esempio, here are mine:

  • Improve my pronunciation and speaking.

    • Take Italian lessons on Italki once a week.

    • Vlog once a week and post on Youtube every Saturday.

    • Go to the Italian Meetup every Saturday.

  • Expand knowledge of vocabulary.

    • Read the news on La Repubblica twice a week and put new words in Anki.

    • Review words on Anki every other day.

Depending on your level in Italian and when you want to learn Italian by, these will vary.

Finally...

MAKE A PUBLIC DECLARATION.

This could be as simple as telling your boyfriend that you're really focusing on Italian in the next 31 days.

Post it on Facebook.

Or on Twitter.

Click to tweet: For the next 31 days, I'm focusing on learning Italian.

If you want to be really ambitious, post a video about it on Youtube and post that on your social media sites.

The point is to hold yourself accountable to it.

If you need the extra motivation, I highly recommend using Stickk.

Stickk is an online platform where you create a goal, put a price on it in case you don't finish it, and then ask someone to hold you accountable to it.

If you don't complete the goal, the money you pledged will go to a charity you hate.

If you want, go do that now.

Then, in the comments below, tell me your answers to #3 - What progress do you want to make in the next 31 days?

What to do now?

Enter the 31 Day Learn Italian Contest to win either a free premium membership to Italianpod101.com, a free Mango Language Journey 1, the book La Bella Lingua by Dianne Hales or an Italian-inspired mystery box to you from me.

Click to tweet this: 5 Questions You Need to Ask Yourself About Learning Italian @icebergproject

Follow the Speak to Me in Italian Board on Pinterest to see Italian phrases with more pizzazz.

Subscribe to The Iceberg Project YouTube channel to improve your listening comprehension through my weekly vlogs.

Subscribe to the 30 Minute Italian podcast on iTunes or Stitcher Radio to enhance your knowledge of grammar, vocabulary, and phrases while you drive, run or cook some pasta.

Direct download: ICE_Ep_36_.mp3
Category:Italian -- posted at: 7:58am PDT

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Transcript:

Adesso prendo un cappuccino ogni giorno. E mi sono innamorata dell'italia e dell'italiano.

Apprezzo i monumenti, la storia, il cibo, l'architettura, e la gente.

Vorrei vivere in Italia, forse in Toscana o in Umbria.

E quando andró in America, continueró a studiare l'italiano.

In realtà, mi sembra le persone, anche se vivono in paesi diversi, sono molto simili tra di loro. E che tutti gli stereotipi sono sbagliati.

Eccetto uno: tutti gli italiani amano la pasta.

Key phrase/vocabulary: In realtà - Actually, genuinely

Realtà - Reality, situation, facts, or truth

Two fun phrases that have to do with this word are:

  • Un sogno diventato realtà (oon sawn/yo dee/ven/tah/toe rei/al/ta) - A dream come true

  • Tornare alla realtà (tour/nar/ay rei/al/ta) - Return to reality, come back to reality

Key collocation: Paesi diversi - Different countries

Other uses of diverso are:

  • In un modo diverso (een oon mo/do dee/vare/so) - Differently, again

  • Diverso da… (dee/vare/so da) - Different from…

  • Essere diverso (ess/er/ay dee/vare/so) - to be different - but more commonly on the street, it means to be gay.

Key grammar: Tutti gli italiani amano la pasta - All Italians love pasta.

Resources Mentioned:

Eurochocolate

Your task:

The verb is TO GO - Andare.

In the comments below, tell me what it would be if you wanted to say Harry Potter and Hermione go to the store.'

So Harry Potter and Hermione ….. al negozio.'

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Direct download: ICE_EP_35.mp3
Category:Italian -- posted at: 11:37am PDT

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Transcript:

Adesso prendo un cappuccino ogni giorno. E mi sono innamorata dell'italia e dell'italiano.

Apprezzo i monumenti, la storia, il cibo, l'architettura, e la gente.

Vorrei vivere in Italia, forse in Toscana o in Umbria.

E quando andró in America, continueró a studiare l'italiano.

In realtà, mi sembra le persone, anche se vivono in paesi diversi, sono molto simili tra di loro. E che tutti gli stereotipi sono sbagliati.

Eccetto uno: tutti gli italiani amano la pasta.

Key phrase/vocabulary: Quando- When

As in When are we going to the store?'

Some phrases where it's used are:

  • Da quando in qua (da qwan/do een qw/ah) - Since when…

  • Da quando in quando (da qwan/do een qw/ah) - From time to time, occasionally

  • Quando ci vuole (qwan/do chee vw/oh/lay) - When it's necessary

Key collocation: Continueró a studiare l'italiano. - I will continue to study Italian.

In English, we'd probably say something like I'll keep learning Italian', but if we tried to translate that literally, it wouldn't make much sense. So just bear in mind that when talking about I'll keep doing something...' you would use the verb Continuare - to continue.

Some phrases where it's used are:

  • Continuare a provare (cone/teen/you/are/ay ah pro/var/ay) - Continue (keep) trying

  • Continuare a muoversi (cone/teen/you/are/ay ah mwoh/vare/see) - Continue (keep) moving

  • Continuare a sperare (cone/teen/you/are/ay ah spare/are/ay) - Continue (keep) hoping

Key grammar: E quando andró in America - And when I go to America.

The focus of this sentence is the word Andró. It means I will go.

Your task:

Use this construction Quando ci vuole, andró….

Possible answers could be places where family live or things you need to do:

  • In California

  • In Italia

  • In pensione - retirement

Resources mentioned:

Perugia farmhouse

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Direct download: ICE_EP_34.mp3
Category:Italian -- posted at: 11:31am PDT

[Podcast 33] Mini-story: What do all Italians love? Pt.3

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Transcript:

Adesso prendo un cappuccino ogni giorno. E mi sono innamorata dell'italia e dell'italiano.

Apprezzo i monumenti, la storia, il cibo, l'architettura, e la gente.

Vorrei vivere in Italia, forse in Toscana o in Umbria.

E quando andró in America, continueró a studiare l'italiano.

In realtà, mi sembra le persone, anche se vivono in paesi diversi, sono molto simili tra di loro. E che tutti gli stereotipi sono sbagliati.

Eccetto uno: tutti gli italiani amano la pasta.

Adesso prendo un cappuccino ogni giorno.

Now I drink a cappuccino every day.

E mi sono innamorata dell'italia e dell'italiano.

And I fell in love with Italy and with Italian.

Apprezzo i monumenti, la storia, il cibo, l'architettura, e la gente.

I admire the monuments, the history, the food, the architecture, and the people.

Vorrei vivere in Italia, forse in Toscana o in Umbria.

I would like to live in Italy, maybe in Tuscany or in the Umbrian region.

E quando andró in America, continueró a studiare l'italiano.

And when I go to America, I will continue to study Italian.

In realtà, mi sembra le persone, anche se vivono in paesi diversi, sono molto simili tra di loro. E che tutti gli stereotipi sono sbagliati.

Actually, it seems to me that people, even though they live in different countries, are very similar to each other. And that all of the stereotypes are false.

Eccetto uno: tutti gli italiani amano la pasta.

Except one: All Italians love pasta.

Explain the story behind this story. Pavone. How my views have changed.

Tomorrow we'll be back to learning phrases and grammar - with a specific focus on the future!

Your task:

Go to the Pinterest board Speak to me in Italian', save a picture from there and make it your background on your phone/computer for a couple of days.

Resources mentioned:

31 Day Learn Italian Challenge in October

Speak to me in Italian Pinterest Board

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Direct download: ICE_EP_33.mp3
Category:Italian -- posted at: 11:12am PDT

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Transcript:

Adesso prendo un cappuccino ogni giorno. E mi sono innamorata dell'italia e dell'italiano.

Apprezzo i monumenti, la storia, il cibo, l'architettura, e la gente.

Vorrei vivere in Italia, forse in Toscana o in Umbria.

E quando andró in America, continuerò a studiare l'italiano.

In realtà, mi sembra le persone, anche se vivono in paesi diversi, sono molto simili tra di loro. E che tutti gli stereotipi sono sbagliati.

Eccetto uno: tutti gli italiani amano la pasta.

Key phrase/vocabulary: Ogni giorno - Everyday

Other phrases where it's used are:

  • Ogni giorno che passa…(own/yee jor/no kay pa/sah) - Each day that goes by…

  • Ogni santo giorno(own/yee sah/n/toe jor/no) - Every single day/every damn day

  • Ogni giorno ti amo di più (own/yee jor/no tee ah/mo dee pew) - I love you more each day.

Key collocation: Apprezzo i monumenti, la storia, il cibo, l'architettura, e la gente.

The word apprezzo comes from the verb apprezzare - appraise, value, appreciate, admire, highlight, or note.

This is important for you to know because when you're praising anything from monuments to food and to people, you should know that you can use this verb to express that.

Key grammar: Vorrei vivere in Italia - I would like to live in Italy.

Vivere - means to live. Vorrei - is the conditional form of the verb Volere - to want. You hear it often because you should use Vorrei when ordering food or drinks at a&ristorante or bar.

Vorrei means I would like.

Then we use IN Italia because we use IN with countries.

Your task:

Out loud to yourself or in the comments below, tell me what you appreciate about Italia. Use this construction “Apprezzo….”

It could be:

  • La lingua

  • La gente

  • La storia

  • Le arti

Resources mentioned:

Ogni Santo Giorno Youtube trailer

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Direct download: ICE_EP_32.mp3
Category:Italian -- posted at: 12:22am PDT

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Transcript:

Adesso prendo un cappuccino ogni giorno. E mi sono innamorata dell’italia e dell’italiano.

Apprezzo i monumenti, la storia, il cibo, l'architettura, e la gente.

Vorrei vivere in Italia, forse in Toscana o in Umbria.

E quando andró in America, continuerò a studiare l’italiano.

In realtà, mi sembra le persone, anche se vivono in paesi diversi, sono molto simili tra di loro. E che tutti gli stereotipi sono sbagliati.

Eccetto uno: tutti gli italiani amano la pasta.

Key phrase/vocabulary: Adesso - Now

This word could also mean ‘in this moment’, ‘in this instance’, ‘nowadays’.

A few expressions where it’s used are:

  • Anche adesso (ah/n/kay ah/des/so) - Even now

  • Fino adesso (fee/no ah/des/so) - Up to now

  • Proprio adesso (pro/pree/oh ah/des/so) - Right now, just now

Key collocation: Prendo un cappuccino - I drink a cappuccino.

It literally means ‘I take a cappuccino’

Prendere on it’s own means ‘to take, to pick up, to grab, to seize’.

Prendersi the reflexive form means ‘to eat, drink, have, take or get’.

A few other expressions where prendere is used are:

  • Mi prendi in giro. (me pren/dee een jeer/oh) - You are making fun of me. Literally ‘You’re taking me for a spin’.

  • Prendere l’abitudine di… (pren/der/ay lab/ee/two/dee/nay dee) - To get into the habit of…

  • Prendersi una vacanza (pren/dare/see oo/na va/ka/n/za) - To take a vacation

Key grammar: Mi sono innamorata dell’Italia. - I fell in love with Italy.

What I want to call attention to is the past tense here using the verb Essere - meaning to be.

The verb is innamorarsi,- and it means to fall in love. Since it’s reflexive, you ALWAYS use Essere to form the past tense. Since you’re using Essere, you need to define whether the person who is speaking or being spoken about is male/female. This is shown by the -a at the end of innamorata to show that I am a girl and the subject of the sentence.

I’ll definitely explain more about reflexive verbs in the past tense in the future, but for now just be aware of those two rules.

To recap:

  • When you use a reflexive verb in the past tense, you MUST a form of the verb Essere with it.

  • The endings of the verb must show masculine/feminine nature.

Your task:

Out loud to yourself now or in the comments at the show notes, tell me what drink you have every day.

Use this form: “Prendo…..ogni giorno.

Possible drinks could be:

  • Un espresso

  • Un cappuccino

  • Un caffe latte

  • Un tè - A tea

  • Un macchiato

If you don’t know the word for your drink, look it up on Wordreference!

Resources mentioned:

Reflexive Verbs in Italian (or the tense that’s all about you)

Cabiria - the video I mentioned with Gabriele D’Annunzio

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Direct download: ICE_EP_31.mp3
Category:Italian -- posted at: 10:10am PDT

[Episode 29] How to Use Italki to Become Conversational in a Foreign Language with Sam Bleakly

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There are tons of sites online for learning a language, but there aren't many that you fall in love with or that you become dependent on.

Italki is both of those things for me.

Not only do I use the Notebook feature religiously, but I also get to tutor people from all over the world in English and get Italki credits toward my Italian teachers!

I am so enamored with this company that I NEEDED to get someone from there on the 30 Minute Italian podcast to talk about the best ways for using it and how all of you can become conversational through this one resource.

In this podcast episode, we'll talk about:

  • Two less-known features of Italki that will help you get lessons for free
  • Why Italki is so much cheaper than normal language tutors
  • How Italki will help you have your first, second, and third a-ha moment
  • How to find the best language partner and one characteristic you need to look for
  • How often you should use Italki to be truly effective

Sites Sam mentioned:

Memrise - he called this the Ferrari of flashcards

Lift - a habit forming app

Italki

Italki Referral Link

Become an Italki community tutor

Italki Challenge - for next time!

Connect with me and Sam

Tweet Sam @italki

Tweet me @icebergproject

Italki Facebook

The Iceberg Project Facebook

Direct download: ICE_EP29.mp3
Category:Italian -- posted at: 10:29am PDT

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Le frasi

  • Dimmi. (dee/me) - Tell me.
  • Vorrei un cornetto con (niente, cioccolato, crema).(vo/ray oon core/net/toe cone knee/en/tay choke/oh/la/toe cray/ma) - I would like a croissant with (plain, chocolate, cream).
  • Buona sera, vorrei prenotare una tavola per due per stasera alle 8 . (Bwon/ah sare/ah vo/ray pren/oh/tar/ay oon/ah tah/vo/la pear do/ay pear sta/sare/ah ah/lay oh/toe)- I'd like to reserve a table for two for tonight at 8 PM.[Episode 28] 10 Must Know Travel Expressions for Ordering Food in Italy

Remember: 'Vorrei - I would like' is the polite form instead of 'Voglio - I want'

You could just say, Vorrei prenotare, but then they'll be sure to ask you:

- A che ora? (ah kay or/ah) - At what time?
- Per quante persone? (pear qwan/tay pear/so/nay) - For how many people?

  • Il conto, per favore. (eel cone/toe pear fa/vor/ay) - The check, please.
  • Accetta carta di credito? (ah/chet/ah car/ta dee cred/ee/toe) - Do you accept credit card?
  • Dove si mangia bene? (doe/vay see mahn/ja ben/ay) - Where does one eat well?
  • C'è un buon ristorante cubano qui vicino (in zona)? (chay oon bwuon ree/store/ah/n/tay coo/bahn/oh qwee vee/chee/n/oh een zo/na) - Is there a good Cuban restaurant near here?

TIP: Switch out cubano for whatever kind of food you're craving.

  • Cinese (chee/nez/ay) - Chinese
  • Messicano (mess/ee/kahn/oh) - Mexican

Un po' più

  • Domani (doe/mahn/ee) - Tomorrow
  • Stasera (sta/sare/ah) - Tonight
  • Domani mattina (doe/mahn/ee mah/teen/ah) - Tomorrow morning
  • La prossima settimana (la pro/see/ma set/ee/mah/na) - Next week
  • Lunedì (loon/eh/dee) - Monday
  • Martedì (mar/teh/dee) - Tuesday
  • Mercoledì (mare/ko/lei/dee) - Wednesday
  • Giovedì (joe/veh/dee) - Thursday
  • Venerdì ;(veh/nare/dee) - Friday
  • Sabato (sa/ba/toe) - Saturday
  • Domenica (doe/men/ee/ka) - Sunday
  • È buonissimo. (eh bwuon/ee/see/mo) - It's so good!
  • È squisito. (eh sqwee/zee/toe) - It's exquisite!
  • È delizioso. (eh dee/lee/zee/oh/so) - It's delicious!

Your task:

Think of your favorite food in the whole world. Look up the word for it in Italian using Wordreference. Listen to the pronunciation. Then say Èbuonissimo out loud - or change it to reflect the endings, like the examples:

  • La torta ? È buonissima!
  • Il sushi ? È buonissimo!
  • I frutti di mare ? Sono buonissimi!
  • Le lasagne ? Sono buonissime!

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Direct download: ICE_EP_28.mp3
Category:Italian -- posted at: 10:35pm PDT

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13 Must know Travel Expressions for Getting Around in ItalyLe frasi

  • Dove la stazione dei pullman? (doe/vay la stah/zee/oh/nay day pull/mon) - Where is the bus station?
  • Dove la metro? (doe/vay la me/troe)- Where is the metro?
  • Dove la stazione di treno?(doe/vay la stah/zee/oh/nay dee tray/no) - Where is the train station?
  • Dove si comprano i biglietti?(doe/vay see kom/pra/no ee bee/yee/eh/tee) - Where does one buy tickets?
  • È questo l'autobus per...?(eh quest/oh lao/toe/boos pear) - Is this the bus for?
  • Può dirmi quando devo/dobbiamo scendere?(pwoh deer/me qwan/doe day/vo shen/der/ay) - Can you tell me/us when to get off?
  • In che direzione va? (een kay dee/rez/ee/oh/nay va) - In which direction are you going?
  • Dove si trovano i tassi? (doe/vay see tro/va/no ee tas/see) - Where can one find the taxis?
  • Per favore, mi porti a questo indirizzo.(pear fa/vore/ay me poor/tee ah qwes/toe een/dee/ree/zo) - Please take me to this address

a Ciampino (ah champ/ee/no) - Ciampino airport (Notorious for taxi drivers ripping you off)

a Fiumicino(ah fume/ih/chee/no) - Fiumicino airport

  • alla stazione ferroviaria (ah/la sta/zee/oh/nay fair/roh/vee/ar/ee/ah) - train station (another way to say it)
  • Quanto costerà? (qwan/toe coas/ter/ah) - How much will it cost?
  • Il resto è per lei. (eel res/toe eh pear lay) - The rest is for you.
  • A destra (ah des/tra) - To the right
  • A sinistra(ah see/knee/stra) - To the left
  • Avanti diritto(ah/vahn/tee di/ree/toe) - Straight ahead
  • In centro(een chen/tro) - Downtown
  • Vicino(vee/chee/no) - Nearby
  • Lontano(loan/tah/no) - Far

Your task:

Think of the major cross streets nearest to where you live. Coming from whichever direction you choose, tell yourself out loud in the car or in a comment below which way you have to turn to get home.

So for me, I would say 'coming from the highway, turn destra, sinistra, destra, and then destra again'.

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Direct download: ICE_EP_27.mp3
Category:Italian -- posted at: 8:51am PDT

Sam Gendreau - Guest on 30 MInute Italian PodcastSam Gendreau, fellow language lover and creator of the blog Lingholic.com, has been learning languages for over 6 years - including being fluent in French, English, and Korean and studying Portuguese, Mandarin Chinese, and Spanish.

Like me, he believes that learning a language should be an enjoyable process, and he's spent so much time figuring out what methods work best for him and other language learners to help everyone take their foreign language to the next level.

We dive pretty deep into what methods work and for whom, what resources are really effective, and what makes the difference between someone learning a foreign language and someone just learning a few phrases.

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Here's what you'll learn in this podcast episode:

  • How Sam's methods differed when he first began learning languages to what he does now (& why now is so much more effective and time-efficient)
  • How often you should study a language and why
  • Why phrasebooks never worked for Sam initially and why the normal textbook did
  • How you learn a language at a beginner and intermediate level (&how you know which you are)
  • How you gain confidence to talk to locals and native speakers
  • His top three methods for learning a foreign language
  • His two favorite online tools for learning a language
  • His favorite online resources and books for language learning

Resources mentioned:

Books:

Success with Foreign Languages - free book!

Assimil - textbook series that he loves

Tools:

VLC Player - ability to slow down audio

LINGQ - Useful if you're at a beginner level

Blogs he loves:

Fluent in 3 Months - Benny Lewis' blog

The Polyglot Dream - Luca Lampariello's blog

Other:

European Language Levels - so you can know how to gauge yourself

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Have you heard of the 31 Day Learn Italian Challenge yet!? Starting October 1st, there will be a 31 day challenge on the blog to help you take your Italian to the next level – whether you're an absolute beginner or intermediate learner. Learn more about it here: 31 Day Learn Italian Challenge

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