What’s your learning style?

What's your learning style?

According to the educational theorist Neil Fleming, everyone of us has a preference for a specific learning style. Learning to use learning techniques related to our specific learning style would allow us to learn faster and better. Fleming created the VARK model. The VARK model divides learners into four groups, according to their “preferred” learning style. The four learning styles are: visual, auditory, reading/writing, and kinesthetic. VISUAL LEARNERS Visual learners have a preference for learning by observing. They can learn from images, diagrams, schemes.  AUDITORY LEARNERS Auditory learners learn better when listening to new information. For example, they prefer listening…

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How to start thinking in Italian

How to start thinking in Italian

How do I start thinking in Italian? This is one of the questions Italian learners sooner or later will ask themselves. Indeed, if you’re or have been a language learner, you have surely noticed that thinking directly in another language can be pretty difficult, especially in the beginning. The most natural and common practice, in fact, is that of translating sentences from your native language to the language you’re learning, not thinking directly in another language. So, how do you start thinking in Italian? Here are some steps that can help you start thinking in Italian. 1. Learn words in…

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Learn Italian with Italian comics

Learn Italian with Italian comics

Learning Italian can be stressful, it’s true, but it should be an exciting and fun experience too. For example, you can learn Italian through conversation – which, trust me, it’s really funny and the perfect way to learn informal Italian expressions. You can learn Italian through songs – have a look at Learn to speak Italian with Italian songs for the benefits of songs on language learning. And you can also learn Italian with Italian comics. Even schools have started to use comics in the last few years as a teaching method. Now, you can even find comics that teach…

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Why making mistakes is good

Why making mistakes is good

Many people are worried about making mistakes. This is just as true in general as it is when it comes to learning Italian, or any other language. After all, while growing up we are often told that making mistakes is bad. For example, in school it often seems everything depends on how well we score on tests, not on our willingness to learn new things. And at work mistakes have to be avoided at all costs or there’s a very high possibility that we get fired. However, very few people, or no one at all, will tell you that it…

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How to fight foreign language anxiety

How to fight foreign language anxiety

In today’s article I’d like to talk about a very common issue: foreign language anxiety. What is it? Foreign language anxiety is the feeling of unease, nervousness, and apprehension that we may encounter when using or learning a second language, generally because of both fear and lack of confidence. If you too are experiencing this type of anxiety, here’s the first good news: you’re not alone. Foreign language anxiety is more common than you think. The second good news is that you can actually do something to reduce the feeling of anxiety that overwhelms you each time a foreign language…

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