If you are starting to learn Italian, you must start by learning the basics. At this stage, a lot of people jump off the train feeling disappointed, tired or unmotivated. Based on our own experience and that of people we have seen learning a new language, we are going to present you a simple but effective tip to help you with the basics of learning a language.
I remember when I was at High School studying Chemistry, I had to memorize all the table of the elements. To achieve this, I took the table everywhere I went. If I was out of classes, I took a look at it every half an hour. Until it finally sunk into my brain. I forced myself to eat, sleep and breathe with the table of the elements. This is the same approach you should have to learn the basics of the Italian language. First, you must try to be exposed to the language the more you can. Listening, reading, talking, and writing Italian. There will be an occasion to practice these skills every day. Keep an eye open on these daily opportunities to practice. To not waste these, you should always be prepared. One of our recommendations is to keep with you annotations of pronouns, verbs and basic vocabulary. There will be occasions during the day when it will be great to have this chart with you because you will be able to take a look at it and continue your progress. In other occasions during the day, it will be ideal to listen to some Italian audio files and if you meet a native Italian friend, it will be time to talk in Italian. You will identify, these occasions every day.
As you can see, preparing a chart is something very simple to do. But it is very useful. This will also maintain your focus on your Italian leanings. And it will help you take hold of the basics. And once you have mastered this you will land in calm waters, leaving the shore full of waves and disappointment behind.
So we highly encourage you to write down on a single sheet of paper (or you could use 3×5 index cards, as our readers have suggested), what you consider the basics. If you do not know where to start, or what to write, we will give you a model here. You could copy and print this model too and take it around with you, where ever you go.
A more extensive model with the basics of the Italian language is also available on Amazon. To check it out, click here.
Any of the forms you choose to carry around with you (handwriting, printing the model on this site, or buying the chart) will help you more than you imagine. And remember, simple things can give you an edge and make the difference in the long run.
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