Reflections on TOTALe Italian

Since I tend to pick up languages quickly, my first few lessons with TOTALe were pretty easy. I definitely felt like I was learning authentic Italian, but I believe I could have been challenged a little bit more. So, when I went to complete the next sets of lessons, I was happily surprised that it became more challenging.

In the next set of lessons that I took, I was challenged in the speaking activities where, instead of repeating what the prompter said, like in previous lessons, I had to come up with what to say on my own. I liked that if I couldn’t do that, however, the words would pop up, so I could read them and practice the pronunciation.

ita screenshotThe only frustrating part of learning Italian is that I keep confusing it with a language that I know very well, Spanish. A lot of words sound very similar and I’m having some difficulty remembering the distinctions between the two languages. On the other hand, while this is the most frustrating part of learning Italian, it’s also the easiest part of learning the language.

I will keep practicing until I leave for Italy next month, and in my next post I’ll update you on how helpful the program is when I interact with the people of Florence and practice the language with native speakers. I’ll complete a Studio session before I leave and let you know how that goes, as well. 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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