Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Will practice ever make perfect?

So I've been practicing Italian using my handy Rosetta Stone® language learning software. For those of you who don't know what it is, it's basically a proven method of learning a language naturally (with no English in my case), using only images. Kind of like when you were a kid and you didn't know how to speak at all. Don't let this fool you. It's not as "easy" as it sounds. You still have to put forth effort and keep on practicing.

I purchased Level 1, 2 and 3 thinking I would be the eager beaver student who would whiz through all levels in maybe a month tops.....wait...did I forget to mention I purchased the CDs exactly 1 year ago today? Uh, yah. Did I also mention that each "Level" has four "Units" to complete? And each "Unit" has approximately four "Lessons"? And each "Lesson" has a few modules to complete. Um...

Frustrated? A little. I've always been one of those procrastinators all throughout my university days. I would put off studying until the very last minute, then stay up all night for a week learning formulas and memorizing mounds of textbook babble. I really thought that this behaviour was something I'd leave behind in my 20s. I guess it kinda still stuck with me. The problem is, you can't cram learning an entire language in a week or two.

I've realized that I have to give myself time to practice. It's just so frustrating when all I want is to open my mouth and have the words just fly out! And when you're learning sentences like "La mela è sul computer" (translation: The apple is on the computer), all I want to do is smash my laptop wondering "when the HECK am I ever going to tell someone that the friggin apple is on the friggin computer??!". This is just my naturally impatient side coming out. I guess I just have to take it one step at a time....or should I say one module at a time. 

Learning "and" vs 'but".

I promise, I will have  more exciting entries to come as I get closer to August. And for those of you that have tried Rosetta Stone, don't be shy and leave me a comment on your experience. Perhaps you can give me some hope! Ci sentiamo presto tutti! Ciao! xo T

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