level 2

sebongela

sebongela

Have just started Level 2. Very exciting. Even though I am still slogging through some of the grammar in Level 1. Find it tiresome and boring, but enjoy the conversations, so have decided to do both and go backwards and forwards. 

ChrisM108

ChrisM108

That's what I started doing sebongela.  Be aware that level 2 is heavier on the grammar side of things, but it's proving to be very useful, despite grammar being my least favourite aspect of languages.  Enjoy!  Chris

sebongela

sebongela

Hi Chris M108

Good to know that I am not the only one champing at the bit.

As for the grammar, I am no longer going to stress too much about it. I believe some of it will eventually make sense and come more naturally, as I progress. As I have said before. I speak Portuguese quite fluently, but my grammar is wonky, don't write or read it. But I would feel quite confident in going to Portugal and making myself understood. My in law family is Portuguese, so family gatherings were also a mix of English and Portuguese, so am okay with not speaking Italian totally grammatically correctly. Was in Germany, and my German is really basic, but could ask for all the necessary things. Especially the fabulous little bakeries. We stopped there at least twice a day for coffee, lunch or pastries. Have a great day. Summer has arrived on the west coast of Canada, a different world altogether

jason-oxenham-ceo

jason-oxenham-ceo

Hi all - Just a quick note that we are a month or so away from having all new Language & Culture lessons up for Rocket Italian. New Level 3 lessons will follow shortly afterwards!

ChrisM108

ChrisM108

Hi Jason - At the risk being predictable, such enhancements are part of the reason why Rocket is by far the best language resource available.  I say that having used (probably) all the major products over my previous language studies.  Well done to you and the whole Rocket team.  

Hi sebongela - I almost totally agree with you re grammar.  I still find it hard to comprehend how one is supposed to have an actual conversation if it's necessary to recall grammar rules while doing so!!  One caveat: I'm currently learning about Ci and Ne pronouns on level 2.  They pop up everywhere in Italian from the outset, and learning the grammar rules behind them has proven to be of great benefit to my comprehension of Italian.  

All the best,

Chris

 

sebongela

sebongela

Morning Chris M 41

Am doing the grammar, just don't particularly like doing it. I find the conversations easy, as there is a natural flow and progession. Will keep on wading through it all, even though it is slow going.

 

GaryM41

GaryM41

Hi all, hope you are all well.

In the UK we are slowly coming out of lockdown (and the weather has been great recently) so I took my wife to dinner yesterday in an Italian restaurant in Liverpool. So obviously I had to try and speak a little Italaian.

I was proud of myself, and my wife was suprised!!

I did introductions of me and the wife (in a formal sense of course!), pleased to meet, told him I was learning to speak Italian and could I try to converse in italian, asked how he was, told him no starters, ordered main courses and drinks, told him how long I had been studying, gave feedback on the food (turbot, potatos, fennel artichoke etc),,,,beautiful), asked for the bill and said goodbye.

I even got congratulatory comments from the waiter!!

I so enjoyed it. So when I am getting a little down on what I think of as slow progress I can just remind myself of this and take every opportunity to converse because its the best way I learn.

Going to join a class in June so that I get more opportunity to converse.

Happy learning everyone. Keep going even when you think it will never happen.

Gary

sebongela

sebongela

Hi GaryM41

Well done . It's an exciting feeling and makes one feel as though one is finally getting it. Your dinner sounds wonderful too. I know I could go out to dinner and converse to a certain level, but makes me slightly anxious too. That said have conversed in German and French, but not had the opportunity to in Italian.

 

On Vancouver we are having a small heatwave, but also know historically it will cool down again until June. After all we live in a rain forest. We have gone into a stricter lockdown in Canada. No indoor dining, only patios and no non essential travel. We are fortunate on the island, not so many cases, they have restricted travel to the island from the mainland. Thank goodness, as lots of cases there. 

Keep going out to dinner

Sharon

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