As you all know, a powerful tool to learn something is repeating it over and over again. A lot of people have benefited from this simple strategy, and you can surely be one of them. Learning a language by repetition will take you from a beginner to an advance level, as the language solidifies in your head. But you have to commit to this technique. You can learn Italian in the car, when you are waiting in line, while you are doing routinely tasks, and many other activities in which your brain’s attention is not fully employed.

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Learning without effort

In my personal experience, I remember as a child hearing to a political campaign daily. Boy SmilingI was not interested in the content of the campaign. I just happen to be exposed to it (contrary to my will). But at the end of the first month, I realized astonished, that I had memorized all the dialogues and the songs in the campaign. I thought it was just me but I asked my sisters, that were equally exposed, and they could recite all the lines as well.

I also remember, in high school, we were given in class a fragment of a literary novel. Each day we analyzed part of the fragment. But we went on with this task for about three months. The teacher never encouraged us to memorize the quite lengthy fragment. But as we studied it that long, at the end, all of us in the classroom had memorized the fragment. And I was really not interested in memorizing it, but I learned it of by heart in a very natural way. The students in that classroom were very different one from another. But still all of them memorized the text. It did not depend on them; it depended on the amount of exposure that they received to the text.

You can start building with this technique if you have a basic Italian level

So, I know that if you really want to memorize or learn something, and you commit to doing it, you will naturally master it.

To start building over the basis of repetition with a completely random fragment of audio in Italian, you at least need to have a basic Italian level. You can not start doing the associations you do when you’re listening if you do not have a basic vocabulary and understanding of the words employed. And of course, you need time. Listening again and again. So it has to be something interesting to you. To make this technique effective, please select something that you would enjoy to listen.

Your goal should not be to memorize anything. Just being able to understand what’s being said is enough.

I am personally very grateful that I discovered this technique

I have personally benefited a lot from this technique. I have been surprised, while learning Italian of the progress made. And people in Italy were surprised also! “How have you learned with nobody around you speaking Italian?” “How have you learned so fast?” “We understand every word you say!”, were some of the comments that I received. They were surprised and I was surprised too! 😀

The importance of listening repeatedly

To start using this technique, I have seen people recommending to watch and memorize lines of your favorite movie. As I said above, I don’t recommend memorization. But if you would like to memorize something, please don’t choose lines from a movie. Listen daily and learn of by heart passages of the Girl_watching_listeningBible instead. It would be way more profitable.

But the selection of what you want to listen is totally up to you. Try to use all the free time you have to listen what you have selected. And put your ear actively to work.

Listening is a very important part of learning a new language. And I would like to illustrate this pointing out to an example that takes place in the home.

When you’re are learning your first language, your ear plays a crucial role. If you don’t listen, you don’t learn. It is said that girls speak similar to their mothers and boys speak similar to their fathers because they are the people that they hear the most. The little boy or girl reproduces the sounds that he or she is hearing.

Final considerations

Actively listening involves paying attention to each word that’s being said. You should try to grasp in your brain as much as you can. It may even help, if you can have a written format of the audio (or video) and occasionally listen to it following its text. This is optional because we know it may not be viable most of the time because you’d be listening while doing other activities.

Try to understand every word in the audio you’re listening. If there are some words that you initially do not understand, try to discover their meaning by its context. If you can not discover their meaning doing associations with what was said before and after, then jot the word down. When you have your first chance, go strait to a dictionary and look it up. This way, you’ll increase vocabulary.

By following this technique you will also get exposed to the grammatical rules that are taking place in the lines you are studying. Absorbing grammar without studying it is way better than studying a lot of it and absorbing nothing, LOL.

And the most important rule in all this is to stick to the process of repeatedly listening to your target language! The importance of repetition is repetition it’s self.

There is a platform you could also check out for free. The whole platform is oriented to teaching Italian using podcasts. Although, besides their audio content, they also have video.

They have taken into account the importance of repetition. But they also know this must be done carefully in order to not worn you out. So they emphasis repetition in a way you won’t note it’s repetition, because the audios are different. Click here to read more about this platform. 

If you have any question or comment, please leave it in the box bellow.

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10 Comments

Josh · May 1, 2017 at 2:44 AM

Great tips on repetition of studies! I agree that this method can relate to anything you want to learn. I am currently studying a technology platform for a job interview and am using the technique you recommended. Thanks for sharing.

    Henry · May 1, 2017 at 6:59 PM

    Hey Josh! Thank you for sharing your thoughts on this post. This method is very effective. We both have our personal experiences using it! Wish you all the best in your job interview. And thanks for stopping by!

KatieGoesKeto · February 25, 2020 at 7:14 PM

Great idea! I love using the time in the car for something productive. I usually listen to audiobooks or podcasts, but learning a new language would be even better! Now I just need to plan that trip to Italy to try out my new language skills. 🙂 Thanks for these great suggestions. I just love your site! 

    Henry · February 25, 2020 at 11:50 PM

    Hi Katie! Good you’ve already been using that time driving your car to listen to audiobooks and podcasts. You’ll have no problem incorporating podcasts for learning languages. All the best in your trip to Italy!

Danijel · February 25, 2020 at 7:21 PM

Hello Henry, I had thought in these things but I hadn’t actually read them anywhere. I know repetition has a great impact on our brain and we can use that for our advantage learning languages. I’ll check out these posdcast you suggested at the end of this post. Thank you very much!

    Henry · February 25, 2020 at 11:52 PM

    Hi! Yeah, do check out these podcasts. You’ll enjoy them!

Feochadan · February 25, 2020 at 7:22 PM

I live in Canada and some parents will enroll their children into French immersion schools. This way the child has no choice but to learn French or they will fail their courses. There really is no better way to learn a language than to be fully immersed in it as much as you possibly can. As adults this can be just as simple as what you say and listening to it every day in the car or while we’re doing other mundane things.

    Henry · February 25, 2020 at 11:55 PM

    Hi! Yes, the ideal way to immerse ourselves in a language is as you have explained, traveling to the country or place where the language is spoken. But, if that possibility is not an option, then surrounding ourselves with podcasts and audiobooks will also do the trick.

Justin · May 6, 2020 at 6:33 AM

Hello, good article! I’m interested to know more about the platform you are talking about. Unfortunately I do not have any link to the podcasts… Can you help me ?

Thanks

    Jonathan Henry · May 17, 2020 at 5:00 PM

    Hi Justin. Yes, sorry for not getting back to you sooner. Click here to go to a post that gives more details about this platform were you can learn with Italian podcasts.

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