TO LEARN ITALIAN IN ITALY – ADVANCED:

OLDIES BUT GOLDIES 2

… and there was also an advanced version of the same book, which we still use… at scuola toscana
http://www.scuola-toscana.com

LEARN ITALIAN IN ITALY – OLDIES BUT GOLDIES

LEARN ITALIAN LANGUAGE - BOOKS 1

It was 1982 when your Italian Language Expert began teaching Italian as the youngest guy of the pack (even if the legend wants him as a 3-years old, teaching Italian to some Swiss baby sitters).
This book was already old at that time, and in few months, at the school I worked we did not use it anymore – officially. But we teachers kept on making good use of it for many years, and at Scuola Toscana you can meet with some of its pages still today – as you know, learning and teaching a language has a lot to do with sensations and feelings, so you have to like the tools you work with…

LEARN ITALIAN IN ITALY - BOOKS 2

Moreover, some of the exercises you find were quite revolutionary for the times, and are quite creative still today – can you figure out how they work ?

… some books never get old, do they ?

Two worlds meet at ScuolaToscana

Tandem at Scuola Toscana: Japanese students of Italian language meet Italian students of Japanese language – it is a great opportunity to exchange conversation in the language they are studying.

Soon, we will do it also in Spanish !

italian language and design

Just to let you have an idea about the things we do at our course of Italian language for fashion and design (courtesy of our teacher Manuela and her student Hiromi…)

THE 5 MOST IMPORTANT THINGS IF YOU REALLY WANT TO LEARN ITALIAN IN ITALY

HOW TO LEARN ITALIAN IN ITALY

THE 5 MOST IMPORTANT THINGS IF YOU REALLY WANT TO LEARN ITALIAN IN ITALY

1. DO NOT TRY TO SABOTAGE YOURSELF
Language learning is a natural process. You just cannot stay in a country and not learn the language… but you can seriously hinder this natural process – if you try.
Concentrating on the translation of a word in your language, thinking that the other students are better (or worst) than you, that the grammar is too difficult, that the book is not good, that the teacher is not nice, that you are too old (or too young, or too stupid, or … whatever) are some of the many ways you have to put a lot of obstacles in the natural way to learn a language.

2. RELAX AND IMITATE
Kids learn their mother tongue by imitating adults, repeating, shouting, singing words and sentences they hear – sometimes even without knowing the meaning; do the same, dare to speak since the first day, say something, try to imitate your teacher, the radio announcer, the bar tender – repeat words and sentences again and again, like mantras.

3. MAKE A FOOL OF YOURSELF
Gravity can be your worst enemy – accept the idea that you will do many mistakes, that you will not understand the others and the others will not understand you – you just cannot remain serious learning a new language. Kids learn their mother tongue with fun, sometimes they purposely make mistakes so that everyone laughs. If you are ready to have fun (and to let the others having fun with you), you will learn faster.

4. NO PAIN NO GAIN
And of course you have to study. It is true, you are not a kid anymore, so you have to rationalize in some ways. Do the homeworks, study the verbs, the conjugations, the rules. And, overall, study the words, by heart. Even just some words per day help a lot. Time spent in study is never time wasted.

5. TECHNOLOGY
To learn a language, your brain is the most beautiful piece of technology existing. Trust it, use it. You do not need anything else, really. Travel lightly, free yourself of the other clumsy things. If you wish, a pencil, a copybook, maybe a small dictionary can help – the rest is heavy luggage, and you do not need it.