So you’re learning this fancy-shmancy language everyday, and all you can really do at this point is talk to yourself.
I don’t know what people in your life are like, but whenever I talk to myself in the whereabouts of Las Vegas, especially in a different language, people get concerned.
And the more I continue to talk to myself, people just continue to add coins to their concern bank.
But fear not! The people in your community won’t have a chance to add coins to their concern banks for you because you won’t need to talk to yourself to practice Italian!
Here are 3 ways that you can practice Italian every day (without looking like the local crazy):
1. Ch-ch-check out Italki.
This place is neat. NEAT-O. You can hire language teachers, find language partners, and write posts in your notebook that native speakers can correct for you. Avoid the weirdos, and make some new friends! This way, when you talk to your computer in the middle of a cafe, you’ll be comforted with the fact that you’re actually talking to another person.
2. Learn an Italian song.
Print out the lyrics to that bad boy and belt your heart out. Need some recommendations?
My current favorite artists (as of 2013) are: Giorgia (Tu Mi Porti Su), Entics (Quanto Sei Bella), Jovanotti (A Te, Tensione Evolutiva), and Arisa (La Notte).
Start a new Spotify radio station, add these songs to your ‘I’m so cool because I’m learning Italian’ iPod playlist, or burn a CD if you’re feeling old school. Then, make a point to ask your teacher and your language partners what their favorite Italian music is.
3. Encourage (or kindly force) a friend to learn Italian with you.
I’m a lucky gal because one of my best friend’s has already learned Italian, so I get to practice with her whenever I very well please, but I think that it’s possible to convince someone.
Regale them with all of the awesome benefits that Italian will bring to their life. If you need some help coming up with them, read this post here about how learning Italian makes you a better cooler version of yourself.
Still itching for more ways to apply the language?
Sam Gendreau, blogger & polyglot-aholic over at Lingholic.com, wrote this great post on offline and online resources for language learners.