Chuck-E March 13, 2011, 11:48 pm
Does anyone have any tips on how to "think" in Italian rather than translate an Italian phrase into English, and then construct a reply in English, then re-translating into Italian? I find this to be an obstacle for me. Conversion just doesn't work.

Is it only a matter of vocabulary and familiarity? Any drills or thoughts anyone has would be appreciated. I find I can read and understand Italian fairly well, given my current level, but listening and understanding is a challenge.

Thanks for any help.
Maria-DiLorenzi March 24, 2011, 2:45 pm
Ciao Chuck,

at the beginning it's normal that you translate literally from English.
Once you start to become more familiar with the vocabulary and in particular with some expressions, you will notice that it will be easier to express yourself in Italian.
I always recommend to keep practising as it is a very important step of the learning process.
If you have the possibility, I also suggest to read some books and watch programs on TV.

Buon divertimento
Chuck-E March 25, 2011, 1:15 pm
Grazie, io apprezzo i commenti e incorraggiamento. Sometimes it seems as though we're not making progress, but other times, it goes better. I will continue to practice, working on vocabulary, reading, and watching movies.

Fran-N March 26, 2011, 3:10 am
Before starting Rocket, I borrowed disc's on how to learn italian at our local Library. After a week I took it back as I couldn't understand or follow it.

Yesterday we had to travel (2 hours) into the city, so I got out the disc's again to have practice listening to other voices. To my surprise, I understood and followed the dialogue. My Husband kept asking what a word or phrase was and without much thought I was able to tell him. I HAD IMPROVED... WOOHOO!!!

In the Your Motivation section it suggests that we read or listen to something and then go back at a later date and reread or listen. You might just surprise yourself at what you've picked up.

Maria-DiLorenzi April 6, 2011, 12:57 pm
Well done to both of you!

During the learning process you may have the feeling that you are not improving.
Well, you have found out with your own eyes that you have learned more than what you expected.
I'm very proud of you!
Continue to practise and you will notice that you will get better every day.
Have fun with Rocket Italian

Fran-N June 20, 2011, 10:16 am
Grazie Maria, my motivation to learn has increased now that I have noticed or seen first hand what I have learnt.

Michael-D3 June 21, 2011, 5:02 am
In my experience, after a while of learning the language I start to translate things from English into Italian in my mind. It becomes habit after a while.
Maria-DiLorenzi June 26, 2011, 4:08 am
That's very good Michael,

when you start to thing in a different language you are definitely on the right track!
Good luck guys!

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