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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How to express opinions in informal Italian

how to express opinions in informal italian

Expressing opinions is one of the first things we learn when we’re children. At first, we express opinions with gestures or facial expressions. Then, we learn to say I like it or I don’t like it, and while growing up we learn to build more complex opinions. But how to express opinions in informal Italian? In this article, I explain some sentences you can use. But first, let’s see some standard Italian expressions that can be used to present an opinion. HOW TO PRESENT AN OPINION IN STANDARD ITALIAN Penso che -> I think that Credo che -> I believe…

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Learn to speak Italian with Italian songs

Learn to speak Italian with Italian songs

Tastes differ, sure, but everyone loves songs. We start listening to them when we’re children and we keep doing that while we’re growing up, passing from a certain musical genre to another. For us songs can be a way to relax, to make a proposal, to boost our energy, and so on. But how many of you actually know that songs can also help you learn foreign languages and cultures? Let’s see why Italian songs can help you both learn to speak Italian better and learn some aspects of the Italian culture. RELAXATION Music and songs naturally reduce anxiety and…

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Italian speaking practice – How to prepare for cils celi and plida exams

Italian speaking practice

You can decide to take an official Italian language certification for many different reasons, for example, for personal interest or to enroll in an Italian university. As I’ve already written in two previous articles, you can choose between 4 different language certifications in Italian: CILS, CELI, PLIDA, and CIC. The exam structure of these four Italian language certifications usually includes a section related to writing, listening, reading comprehension and speaking. For some tips on how to prepare for the writing section you can read How to prepare for CILS, CELI and PLIDA exams: Writing. For the listening section, instead, you…

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