“A different language is a different vision of life.” – Federico Felini
An Inspirational Trip to Italy
A while ago, I visited Italy and met someone who spoke 4 languages. It was amazing to me to think that someone could do this. Were they a genius? Or, is the human brain simply wired to adapt to multiple means of communication? Most likely, they were pretty much just like me.
Inspired, I decided to dust off the German from High School and to start learning Italian from scratch. I had complete faith in being capable of doing this if I were willing to put in the work.
After starting with a couple basic sites (Duolingo, Mosalingua, Mango and Babel) and feeling a reasonable grasp on basic grammar and vocabulary, I felt ready to try speaking with someone.
The toughest part of learning a language is building up the confidence that you can communicate successfully with someone and not be embarrased. That wasn’t going to happen on the basic learning apps I’d been using up to this point. I tried to rope in a couple coworkers who spoke my target languages, but some didn’t want to speak their native languages anymore – only English. Also, there was something even more frightening about failing while trying to speak with someone I knew professionally. Read more “Learning to Talki with Italki”