Prepping for Florence

When my Rosetta Stone box arrived in the mail, my upcoming trip to Italy suddenly became very real. At the end of August, I’ll be packing up my life and moving to an old palace in central Florence to work on a master’s degree in European Union Policy.

italian screen shotI’ve completed the first four lessons in TOTALe—in about four hours total—and am eager to continue because I’ve learned so much already in just a short time. This surprised me because in other language classes I’ve taken, it always seemed as though I was memorizing phrases, and not really learning how to think in the language. With TOTALe, I’m actually learning and pronouncing the words with an authentic Italian accent.

It’s amazing that the program actually immerses me in real-life situations so I can practice reading, writing, and speaking the language. It also brings back previous lessons to review, which I find especially helpful because I have a tendency to forget what I’ve learned. Now that I’ve jump-started my Italian, I’m even more energized to head to Florence. Knowing that I’ll have at least the basics down has eased my mind tremendously.

Until next time, arrivederci!

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Aimee Bateas

Aimee Elizabeth Bateas has always had a knack for and love of languages. A native Californian, she moved to Connecticut at age seven and began studying French in third grade. She picked up the language quickly and continued taking courses in it until reaching the highest level offered during her junior year of high school. During Aimee’s senior year of high school, she wanted to continue learning a language and decided that Spanish would be practical. She was a quick study, and during spring break spent a week in Spain on a mini exchange program with a Madrid high school. Aimee relished spending time with Spanish students, one of whom she still keeps in contact with. She continued studying Spanish throughout college, and now takes every opportunity to speak it. Aimee graduated in May 2010 from James Madison University, in Harrisonburg, Virginia, with a bachelor of arts in communication studies, a concentration in public relations, and a minor in political science. In August, she’ll head to Italy to work on her master of arts in European Union policy. Aimee will study in Florence for ten months, and has begun learning Italian with Rosetta Stone to enhance her experience while living in Italy. She hopes to become conversational in Italian with the help of Rosetta Stone’s Dynamic Immersion method, and through her in-country immersion experience.
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