I think Pimsleur is still one of the best language learning tools available. Other than the fact that I can listen to it in my car, the spaced repetition method and forced repeating of everything in each 30 minute lesson not only bonds the language to my 45 year old brain, but also greatly helps with my pronunciation.
The catch is that you have to do it regularly. I am no saint and have been known to slack-off from time to time,
but I really do try and keep up with it.
My first go around with Pimsleur was a few years ago when I almost completed the Italian course and was well into the advanced Spanish. Just recently, I started Italian again from lesson one. Yes it is basic for me, but anything will help and I can’t see myself jumping back into advanced Italian without brushing up a little.
One awesome added bonus is now my wife, The Quaint Mommy, has started listening to the lessons! I NEED someone to practice with so I am
forcing highly-encouraging her to keep up with it.
I’ve come to the conclusion that Italian is a fairly easy language to learn, compared to others. Go ahead and put Spanish right up there as well due to the similarities between the two. Here are the reasons why:
- only two genders
- simple noun-adjective agreement
- no declension of nouns
- verb conjugations are mostly regular
Yes, Italian has irregular verbs and some strange ways to use their pronouns, however, for the most part, Italian is a very “do-able” language and I am enjoying learning it.
Sorry for the lack of updating this blog and I’ll forego giving you the standard litany of excuses of why people don’t update regularly. However, I did want to get you up to speed as to what I’ve been doing all year in terms of my language learning.
I completely dropped Spanish for the time being. Frankly, I wasn’t feeling it and I have no cultural background to the language at all. Although, Spanish is such an important world language, especially in the United States, I am committed to learning it at some point.
What I did do is start an Italian project! The are several reasons why I want to achieve some level of fluency in Italian:
- My mother’s side of the family is originally from Italy.
- I have visited Italy and wish to return.
- I LOVE Italian food.
- I live in Connecticut, where a lot of Italian-speaking people live.
- Which is close to New York City, where even more Italian-speaking people live.
So, I want to chart my progress and my attempt to become as fluent as possible in the Italian language. My next post will go into what tools I am using to accomplish this task.