Ciao a tutti!
I’ve been living in Florence for over two months and have become immersed in the culture. My progress in Italian is going well; however, being in graduate school has made it difficult to find time to devote to my Rosetta Stone course. I’m trying to make time for it, though, because it’s such a helpful language-learning tool.
Simultaneously, I’m enrolled in a university Italian class, as it’s a requirement of my program here. We had to take a placement exam, and I placed at a higher level than I thought I would, which shows how much I’m retaining from my Rosetta Stone lessons. My professor has even commented on my pronunciation and how much vocabulary I know. The Rosetta Stone speech-recognition feature is my favorite aspect of the software because I think that sounding like a local is the most important part of learning a new language.
A few times in restaurants, I’ve ordered completely in Italian, and waiters have genuinely thought I was a local because of my accent, which makes me really proud of the progress I’ve made. One of my friends came to visit, and she speaks no Italian, so I asked the waiter for a menu in English for her (I didn’t feel like translating the entire menu). The waiter asked, “Why?” because I spoke perfectly. That’s a great example of how well I’m progressing con il mio italiano.