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Speak in chorus with Italians!

Scritto da speakitalianmagically.com il 13 Maggio 2011

When are you supposed to speak in Italian? Right away or after a while? What do you really think about it?

Well, there are people starting to imitate Italian pronunciation right away and other who wait for a while, before doing it. In which category do you belong? And why do you do this way? Do you think it is good to start and speak right away or you need to wait?

Have you tried to answer all these questions? ;-)

Well, now I can tell you what I think about it. It is true that in many Italian courses held in Italy, you are asked to start and speak right at the very first day…For instance a thing that you will usually learn in an Italian course is how to introduce yourself…So, COME TI CHIAMI? MI CHIAMO ANTONIO;-).  This is what usually happens in a communicative approach to language learning. Is it useful to do it? Yes and no.

Yes, because this way you will go home and be able to say a few sentences right after the very first lesson. No, because before speaking properly you are supposed to listen to a right amount of comprehensible input. And that’s why I suggest, if you use the Speak Italian Magically course, to follow the steps  and to speak only in step five, after you have listened to the same adventure several times and in different days (maybe also right before going to bed). Then at that point it would be useful to start and speak in chorus with the Italian only version of the adventure, while reading the text at the same time. This speak in chorus “thing” was used in schools in the past, but very little nowadays. It makes sense only if you do it after you have been exposed to the text and audio for a sensible amount of time. I know it may seems a little challenge, but it’s fun and it’s worth doing challenging things sometimes. This “waiting time” is what other linguists have called “silent period” (Asher, Brown).

As you know, I am very fond of accelerated learning methods, that is why I would strongly suggest to drink a glass of water (pure water, not coca-cola nor juice) and practise a bit of Brain Gym before doing this “speak in chorus” challenge. Well, you could do this: try to speak in chorus without doing Brain Gym and then speak in chorus after doing Brain Gym. If you notice any difference, then you’ll realize yourself whether it is worth practising Brain Gym before studying or not.

What is supposed to happen when you practise Brain Gym? Well, in several books ( Smart Moves, by Carla Hannaford; Brain Gym Teacher’s Edition, by P. and G. Dennison; and also in a book about medical NLP, Magic in Practice, by Thomson and Khan) you will find that you will achieve what in Italian is integrazione emisferica of your brain. This may be the reason why professor Arguelles, an american polyglot, suggests that when you “shadow” an audio, you walk at a swift pace while practising. Walking is an activity that both oxygenates your brain and integrates both sides of it. And even if you may look a bit crazy doing it, you should try it for yourself…maybe in a place where no friends of yours see you! ;-)

So, what are you waiting for? Listen, decode a fair amount of Italian, then go on and speak Italian! ;-)

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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 

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