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[Podcast 42] How to Embrace Italian Dialect and Learn Italian with Neapoitan Soap Operas with Traci from Italicissima

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Traci has spent a pretty nice chunk of her life totally committed to the Italian language. When I discovered her site, Italicissima, I LOVED that she focused so heavily on dialects as I feel they're really underrepresented in Italian teaching and online.

Not only was she a lecturer at the University of Texas at Austin for 11 years, but she also earned her PhD in Applied Linguistics and is a prize-winning literary translator, a published author, an editor, a blogger, and one of the funniest people I've ever had the pleasure of meeting.

You're definitely going to get tons of laughs and tips you can use right away with Italian, and I promise you that your fascination for the language will grow bigger as you listen in.

What you'll learn from this episode:

  • What method she used that you'll be familiar with to learn Italian and how that affected her journey

  • One fascinating tip about Italians default verb tense they use when they're lazy with the language

  • The most obvious difference between Sicilian dialect and Standard Italian

  • How research supports you watching soap operas in your target language

  • What two main methods she uses to keep up with her Italian

  • Her favorite books in Italian and why you should get a copy of at least one

  • Which one Italian movie you should watch for practicing Italian

In case you forgot how to say bambino in Sicilian dialect, it's:

Picciliddu /Picciriddu

Resources Mentioned:

Connect with me and Traci

Tweet me @icebergproject

Italicissima Facebook

The Iceberg Project Facebook

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: How to Embrace Italian Dialect & Learn Italian w/ Neapoitan Soap Operas w/ Italicissima @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_Ep42.mp3
Category:Italian -- posted at: 9:30pm PDT

[Podcast 41] How to Eat the Language, Love Opera, and Become Italian with Dianne Hales

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Every once in awhile, you find an author that lights you up and makes you fall in love with pieces of life - like opera - you never expected to enjoy.

Dianne Hales, the author of La Bella Lingua: My Love Affair with Italian, the World's Most Enchanting Language did this for me, and it was an absolute honor to be able to sit down with her and chat about the Italian language and the countless famous playboys in Italy's history.

Besides being warm and kind - clearly evident even over Skype - she is also an award-winning freelance journalist, has been a contributing editor for publications like Ladies Home Journal and has written for Glamour, Mademoiselle, the New York Times, and the Washington Post. Next, she's working on a book diving deep into the girl depicted in one of the most famous paintings in the world, Mona Lisa, which you'll hear about in the episode.

What you'll learn from this episode:

  • Where Dianne's spark for learning Italian came from and how this spark motivates her to be consistent in her studies

  • How she made sure learning Italian would never feel like a burden

  • What pieces of the grammar are truly important and how the locals will support you while you learn

  • What it means to “eat” the language of Italian and how it makes Italian stick to your brain

  • One method that didn't work for Dianne and why

  • What one line you can tell yourself to truly make a difference in your confidence and knowledge of Italian

  • Her favorite Italian movies and which actor she recommends for learning a gorgeous version of the language

  • Which grammar tense she finds that she never needs to learn

  • Three of Dianne's favorite Italian phrases and proverbs

Resources Mentioned:

La Bella Lingua: My Love Affair with Italian, the World's Most Enchanting Language

Dianne's top 10 secrets for learning Italian

Read an excerpt from La Bella Lingua in Italian

Connect with me and Dianne

Tweet Dianne @becomingitalian

Tweet me @icebergproject

La Bella Lingua Facebook group

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: How to Eat the Language, Love Opera, & Become Italian with @becomingitalian

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_41.mp3
Category:Italian -- posted at: 9:25pm PDT

[Podcast 40] 11 Ways to Use the Italian Verb Fare in Conversation

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There are a handful of words that are used a ton to create new phrases and meanings in Italian.

As Michel Thomas says, these verbs are handle verbs;.

One of the verbs that he talks about a lot is the verb ‘fare meaning to make or to do.

Think about how often we say we're doing something or making something in English, and you'll realize how often we use it.

It's used just as heavily in Italian.

To be clear, here are the most prominent definitions of fare.

It can mean:

  • To do

  • To make

  • To produce

  • To manufacture

  • To create

  • To be

  • To get

Here are 11 different ways to use the verb fare to create a new phrase in this sometimes crazy but very melodic language that we're doing our best to understand.

  • Andare a fare una passeggiata (ahn/dar/ay oon far/ay oo/na pass/ay/ja/ta) - Go for a walk

  • Avere molte cose da fare (ah/vare/ay mole/tay ko/zay da far/ay) - Have a lot of things to do

  • Avere altro da fare (ah/vare/ay all/tro da far/ay) - Have other things to do

  • C'è poco da fare (chay po/ko da far/ay) - There isn't much one can do.

  • Fare figura di merda (far/ay fee/gur/ah dee mer/da) - Look like a complete fool

  • Fare amicizie (far/ay ah/me/chee/zee/ay) - Make friends

  • Fare attenzione (far/ay ah/ten/zee/oh/nay) - To pay attention/watch out/be careful

  • Fare bella figura (far/ay bell/ah fee/gur/ah) - To make a good impression

  • Fare brutta figura (far/ay brew/ta fee/gur/ah) - To make a bad impression

  • Fare conversazione (far/ay cone/ver/sa/zee/oh/nay) - To make conversation

  • Fare del mio meglio (far/ay del me/oh mel/yee/oh) - To do my best

Your task:

Change the verb fare to say I'm doing my best.” It's present tense. If I wanted to say You're doing your best , I would say Fai del tuo meglio.

Resources mentioned:

Direct download: ICE_Ep40.mp3
Category:Italian -- posted at: 9:23pm PDT

[Podcast 39] How to Have Fun and Enhance Your Pronunciation with Rachel Reardon of Mango Languages

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I'm not a huge fan of programs that teach you languages - especially after wanting so badly to have actual conversations and finding that my run ins with the Rosetta Stones of the world didn't make me a better speaker for a long shot.

In their defense, it could work for some people and they have improved vastly with making conversation an integral aspect of their program.

However, you sometimes find online systems that really do work.

I love Mango Languages because they approach learning a foreign language with the intention to enjoy the process, which as you might know, is the whole reason we're here on this webpage of all webpages to be on in the interwebs.

We want to enjoy the time we spend learning Italian because we should and we deserve it.

Because of my geeky love for their software, I got in touch with Rachel Reardon, the Brand Manager at Mango Languages, to chat with her about what makes this software really work and what techniques the employees are using to learn languages, too!

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

  • How Mango Languages differs from Rosetta Stone (&how it's cheaper as well!)

  • What amazing new feature Mango is rolling out in November that will help you use movies to learn a language (This makes me so excited.)

  • Why Mango is so easy to learn at your own pace and on the go amidst your busy schedule

  • How one of Mango's features will vastly improve your pronunciation

  • Two language learning tips you probably already know but aren't utilizing

Resources Mentioned:

Mango Languages

To find Mango at your local library

Connect with me and Mango Languages

Tweet Rachel @mangolanguages

Tweet me @icebergproject

Mango Languages Facebook

The Iceberg Project Facebook

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: How to Have Fun and Enhance Your Pronunciation with @mangolanguages @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_EP39.mp3
Category:Italian -- posted at: 9:17pm PDT

[Day 3] [Podcast 38] Eight Tools You'll Need to Learn Italian

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While online tools are great for upping engagement and streamlining the process of language learning, they're only effective if you use them on a consistent basis.

Since there are so many tools out there for language learners, it's super easy to get overwhelmed and not use any of them at all.

But based on your personality and how you learn best, which we discussed in Day 2, different ones will work better for you, and you'll have so much more fun using them.

Before I dive into what those are, here are the tools that everyone should be using:

Tools that everyone should use

Wordreference

This is my go-to online dictionary. It has the best examples and constantly offers common phrases and idioms based on whatever you're searching. When you search a word, not only does it often have the definition and pronunciation, but it also has common expressions where it's used and shows any questions that have been asked about it in the discussion board.

1. Shows definitions, pronunciation, and some examples

2. Shows common phrases

3. Shows the forum discussions

4. Shows the option to just read the dictionary in Italian [intermediate/advanced learners]

WordReference Collage

Forvo

Reading phrases online is great, but if you're not hearing the pronunciation, you're going to have an issue with speaking and understanding what's being spoken to - which is definitely not our goal here! Forvo offers a constantly evolving online pronunciation dictionary you can use when WordReference fails by not including pronunciation, which happens for less popular words.

Anki

Anki is my favorite spaced repetition memory flash card program (not that there are a whole bunch to choose from or anything). You create a deck, add vocabulary, and start learning. Based on what level of understanding you have of each word/phrase, you will see it repeated in minutes, days, or months.

Want to find out how to use it? Click here to watch this quick video tutorial.

If you like playing online games + the feeling of accomplishment:

Memrise

Memrise uses mems, or images, audio, and constant practice to help you learn. You can choose mems that are most likely to stick in your memory, and you can make them as well, which will earn you extra points for contributing.

It has a game-like feel as you are moving up levels and gaining points.

Whether you're a beginner or intermediate learner, they'll have a course for you, so just choose one that you like and stick with it.

I recommend bookmarking Memrise in your bookmarks bar as well as we're going to see it a lot in the upcoming challenge.

If you learn best through doing -

Italki

Italki is an online site based on language exchange. You can hire a professional or informal Italian teacher or find an Italian language partner. You can also have your compositions corrected and ask questions through discussions.

What's great is that the community is very active, and as long as you are correcting compositions from those trying to learn English, you will be sure to get quick and detailed responses to your questions. This is also a great tool if you learn well through reading and writing.

Sign up for an account right away as we'll be using Italki in the challenge several times.

If you learn best through listening/watching -

ItalianPod101.com - If anything, you should listen to this podcast for the fancy opera intro and the cheesy jokes. No really, the content that they have is valuable for the fact that they're quick and help you develop your ear with vocabulary.

For intermediate learners: Thanks to the Ted Open Translation Project, Ted talks have transcripts in 156 languages. So when go to Ted Talks in Italiano, you can choose any Ted talk from there, turn on the Italian transcript, and follow along.

Also when you click on each line of text in the transcript, it will take you to that exact place within the video.

Instructions on the best ways to utilize it can be found here.

If you need examples and context to understand -

Fraze.it

Fraze.it is a search engine for sentences. Type any word or phrase into the search bar, and it will bring examples of that word/phrase used in a sentence for you.

You'll learn more context and more sophisticated words as the sentences are usually pulled from news and political speeches.

If you learn best through reading/writing -

Reading websites or blogs written in the target language is one of the best ways to practice reading comprehension, to get a solid feel for structure, and to read more about the culture.

This way you get the local or expat perspective and enhance your vocabulary.

Some great ones to start with for Italian are Italy's national newspaper La Repubblica and the blog Diario di Una Studentessa Matta.

In the comments below, tell me what tools you've used in the past and what tools you're excited about using!

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: Which 8 online tools do you need to learn 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 iTunesor Stitcher Radio to enhance your knowledge of grammar, vocabulary, and phrases while you drive, run or cook some pasta.

Direct download: ICE_Ep_38.mp3
Category:Italian -- posted at: 10:30am PDT

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