When I first started blogging, I had a bit of a conversation through comments with a guy that I randomly found on Blogger. Someone else saw our (public) conversation and commented, recommending a couple blogs to help me. To be honest, I don't read them terribly often, but I have read both of them on occasion. I especially like the first one. The comment said:
"www.thewritingenterprise.blogspot.com (di uno scrittore "italo-americano"....)
e su www.ilregno.blogspot.com
sono scritti, il primo in italiano e in inglese, il secondo in italiano."
Blogs are nice because people sometimes write more like they speak, and you can often converse with the author through comments. For a challenge, you could keep a blog of your own in Italian. Some Americans who are learning/remembering Italian do that to keep it up.
When I first got back from my mission, I would listen to Italian radio stations kind of often. You can do that for free online. Radio-Locator is one site that will sort them by country; the Italian radio stations are here
Another way to keep up the language is by watching Italian movies. You may or may not already know that Blockbuster and Hollywood have extremely limited selections of Italian films. I know that they do. The Orem library, however, has many, many Italian movies. So that's kind of fun. They don't have a ton of recent ones, but they do have a whole lot to pick from anyhow. I've been thinking about getting myself a Netflix subscription because they have a whole lot of Italian movies and quite a few that have been made within the last 10 years. (I'm very interested in seeing The Tiger and the Snow, which came out in Italy a couple years ago but didn't here. They recently added it on Netflix. Yay.)
You can follow the news in Italian. The biggest site for the telegiornale will (of course) be Rai
Some other things that I do to practice Italian are:
- Reading Italian articles on Wikipedia
. If you're really good, you could try writing an article; the Italian one is not nearly as big as the English one.
- Listening to and watching Italian stuff on Youtube
. I especially like watching music videos for people like Laura Pausini and Nek. Sometimes I sing their songs, which is kind of like oral practice. I like modern Italian music more than I like, say, Andrea.
- Just searching on search engines
and seeing what I can find. Virgilio
is a big one. Also Simpatico
- Also depending on what level you're at, if you want language instruction, I've found the best to be Pimsleur. If you can find Pimsleur's Italian courses, they're amazing. And they have you speak a lot, so I plan on reviewing mine sometime to polish my Italian a bit.
- The BYU Bookstore carries the Liahona in Italian. I'm reading conference talks (out loud usually), in Italian this summer. You can also find them online
, of course, but I do better about actually reading them when I have the magazine.
Obviously, the best ways to keep it up is by speaking it with someone or visiting
Italy and speaking with lots of someones. If you're a BYU student, foreign language housing would be a Very Good Thing.
Anyhow, those are some suggestions and things that I've done, just off the top of my head. I'm taking an advanced Italian grammar class this summer and I'm excited about it.
dimmi (sorella di Lavish)