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Speak Italian Magically and spaced learning

Scritto da speakitalianmagically.com il 16 novembre 2010

Making MindsWhat is spaced learning? Have you ever heard of it? Do you practice it? If your answer if no, what could it be? Whether you know spaced learning already or not, say or write the first things that come into your mind now.

Have you done it?

I think you already know that the brain learns in layers, that is why it is good to be exposed to the same input in different ways: from the big picture to the detail is usually best.   But what about revising the material? When should you revise it?

Now, I can tell you about spaced and my experience with it. I’ve always known that to make something stick in your long term memory you need to revise it and repeat it. But when? Let’s say that you listen to an episode of Speak Italian Magically, when should you revise it again?

A couple of years ago, when I first read  Tony Buzan’s books I discovered about spaced repetition.  Basically he talks about the five-times repetition formula. He says that you should revise:

- the first time within an hour or so you’ve first read or learnt something;

- the second time the day after;

- the third time about a week later;

- the fourth one month later and

- the fifth and final six months later.

Based on this, if you listen and understand the first episode of Speak Italian Magically now at 10.36 a.m, you should:

- revise it within an hour today, 16 November 2010, that is 11.36 a.m.

- revise it tomorrow, 17 November 2010;

- revise it next week, 23 November 2010;

- revise it next month, 16 December;

- revise it after  6 months, 16 May 2011!

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The power of visualization to learn Italian

Scritto da speakitalianmagically.com il 8 settembre 2010

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:

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/12/091203132153.htm

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.

If you want to know more about the Speak Italian Magically approach, download the free excerpt on your ebook reader.

Go to http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/20733 

Do you have a Kindle? Go here: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B003XYFPFK 

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