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Must I live in the country to learn the language?

This is a very common question with people starting to learn a foreign language. We have all...
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Learning languages in modern times

It is commonly believed that languages need to follow a certain sequence when teaching them to...
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Discovering why you wanted to learn languages

People who want to learn a language, generally, start with a quite common purpose: work,...
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Italian Grammar Is Important, But Not Vital

First by attending to the students' needs, they have to be at ease and keen to learn Italian,...

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  • Italian Grammar Is Important, But Not Vital

    Valentina Lallai Italian (general) Tutor (Twickenham) Picture First by attending to the students' needs, they have to be at ease and keen to learn Italian, and that is why tutors should involve them and get them to be enthusiastic in a fun, but enlightening way. But without the little building blocks of grammar we cannot build houses, bridges nor cities in...
  • The Importance Of Confidence In Language Learning

    Jess Mills Italian (general) Tutor (North West London) Picture Confidence is an important asset to have in all areas of learning. If we do not worry about making mistakes, and what others will think if we do, we are more willing to attempt tasks. We are also better prepared to make the errors necessary to learning and, therefore, are more likely to improve....
  • The best approach to learning a language.

    esitaliano Italian (general) Tutor (Hemel Hempstead) Picture 4 questions to ask yourself before embarking in learning a new language. The basic answer to the question “which way to learn a language is best?” is pretty short and straightforward: choose the way that works best for you. And that is true for learning anything, not just languages. But what...

 

  • Culture And Cultural Awareness In Italian

    Gisa Calogero Italian (general) Tutor (South East London) Picture In the past, methods based on behaviourism, which regarded language learning as mere acquisition of sets of skills, were based on drilling followed by positive or negative reinforcement. Culture was not part of language learning. The communicative approach recommended today shifted the focus on...
  • Do I need grammar when studying a language?

    esitaliano Italian (general) Tutor (Hemel Hempstead) Picture Do I need to learn grammar when studying a language? Grammar is a set of rules that explains how a language works. I like to compare grammar to the rules of a game or a sport. Knowing the rules helps you to play better. Just like with games and sports, each language has its own set of rules that...
  • Why Are Pronunciation and Spelling So Important?

    esitaliano Italian (general) Tutor (Hemel Hempstead) Picture Why are pronunciation and spelling so important? One of the questions that often students ask me is: “What is more important when learning a new language: grammar or pronunciation?” Of course grammar, the rules that explain how a language works, is important but when you are trying to make...