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“If I don’t get my Italian fix everyday, I feel like there’s something missing from the day.”
Leanne Pressly is an Italian language lover. Fueled by a love of the language and an Italian family background, Leanne has been learning Italian since college. She began to feel discouraged after having studied for so long because she believed that learning a language was an “all or nothing” thing. But then she realized she didn’t need to reach the fluency of a university professor, she was just looking to make connections using Italian. She found The Iceberg Project about a year ago, participated in the Italian Language Studio and now plans to take her Italian to the next level this year.
Changing her attitude changed the way Leanne approached learning Italian. She became more optimistic and organized her studying so that she could use her time with Italian more effectively. Now Leanne feels that she is much more serious about and capable of reaching conversational fluency.
In this episode you’ll learn:
– Why Leanne chose to learn Italian and how she continued to study the language after her university courses
– How a trip to Europe last year re-inspired her to jump back into the language after life got in the way of her language learning
– What did and didn’t work for her while learning Italian
– Why immersion isn’t always as beneficial
– How she uses her study time wisely
– How to stay motivated during the long and sometimes frustrating language learning journey
– How long it took her to find a language partner she connected with
– How she tracks her progress