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settembre 08, 2010

The power of visualization to learn Italian

Scritto in: The science behind learning Italian

Do you want to learn a language? Do you want to learn Italian? Why don’t you do it in your mind?

Wait..what is this saying? That you should only imagine to speak Italian in your mind?

Well, not only imagine.

Have you ever heard the sentence that says “the body won’t go where the mind has not gone first”?

No? What does that mean?

It literally means that  to create your future you need to create it in your mind first.

If you don’t believe that something is possible, then you won’t achieve it.

Is visualizing yourself being able to speak Italian fluently useful?

What do you think?

Beside the fact that visualizing yourself speaking Italian fluently is a boost for your motivation, it helps you believe that this is possible and real as well.

Today I was surfing the web to find more fundation to the approach I used on Speak Italian Magically and I came across to this page:

In this article the researchers show that perceptual learning can also occur by mental imagery, i.e., in the absence of physical stimulation.
So, could visual imagery - or do you want to call it mental training? - be useful to learn Italian faster?
Yes, it will help you a lot.
As I also said in The science behind Speak Italian Magically, Vera F. Birkenbihl, famous European teacher and trainer, writes in her “Stroh im Kopf?” [“Straw in the head?”] book that if you want to learn to do something (i.e.: speak Italian), you have to realize that DOING it means double duty for your brain. Part of the brain is busy learning to speak Italian by building the neural highway while another part of the brain actually has to coordinate your muscles in your tongue and mouth to perform the task. And that requires resources and energy.She actually suggests to conserve energy and learning time. You should work in small modules and switch back and forth between real action and mental rehearsal. This cuts learning time.

In my opinion, this is also why many language teaching approaches have a silent period, when students don’t actively speak. It is the phase when they need to get input, as much input as possible.

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