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Despite the fact that a lot of effort goes into learning a language, you have to enjoy the process.
If you’re not having fun, find ways to make it fun + easier.
This was a tip that I learned from the lovely Alexandra Franzen, word scribe + copywriting genius, at her LA workshop Write Yourself Into Motion.
Need to study a long list of vocabulary?
Drink a glass of prosecco to make it easier.
Have to learn a bunch of phrases+ just don’t feel like it? Take each phrase individually and realize that each phrase you learn gets you that much closer to being conversational.
I literally marvel at every phrase + every word I learn. It’s hard for me not to tell all of my friends about them as I learn them because I’m just so excited about the fact that I can use them in conversation now.
Just remember. Enjoy the process.
In this podcast, we talk about how to create the most amazing language learning schedule, an easy 4-step guide to creating sentences in Italian, and I share 4 basic expressions that you should know in Italian.
Language Learning Schedule
1.) Make a list of five things that you love to do for entertainment.
2.) Connect those things that you enjoy doing with your target language!
3.) Take your planner, your iCal, your Google calendar, your whatever, and schedule a different activity in for every day.
4.) Note: This doesn’t have to take you more than thirty minutes every day.
4 Basic Expressions
— Ti va di andare at…? – Would you like to go…? (Informal)
— Volentieri! – Yes! Willingly.
— Dipende da te. – It depends on you.
— Che c’è? – What’s up?
4-Step Guide to Sentence Structure
1.) The basic form is: subject (whoever the sentence is about) + verb (the action that’s happening) + object (not the subject)
2.) Some adjectives go before whatever they’re describing.
3.) But most adjectives go after whatever they’re describing.
4.) Nouns agree with adjectives.
To read about more detailed sentence structure, read this article: Basis Sentence Structure in Italian (or where do I put all of the words!?)
— Italian Singular and Plural nouns (and a little masculine/feminine action too)
— The one thing that will keep you from becoming fluent in a foreign language
— 4 Steps to Creating the Most Productive (&awesome!) language learning schedule