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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