Adventures of Learning a Language – Part 2
In my personal opinion, when it comes to learning a language, there are four basic principles that you need to master:speaking, listening, reading and writing.In my quest to conquer the Italian language, I have immersed myself in the language as much as possible.I have taken areas of interest and incorporated it into my daily life.For example, I enjoy movies, so I make an effort to watch movies in Italian without subtitles so that I am forced to listen to what the characters are saying.
Living in this day and age, we are fortunate to have television programming readily available to us in just about any language. Watching Italian television has been a great way for me to practice my Italian listening comprehension on a daily basis. I’m sure many of you who have gone abroad will understand when I say that even with a decent grasp of vocabulary, understanding someone when they speak to you can be very difficult. Italians in general talk quite quickly, and it can be overwhelming to a rookie. 🙂
Over the past couple years I have tried to watch more Italian television and in the process have become hooked on a couple shows.
Affari Tuoi (RAI International) is an Italian game show similar to “Deal or No Deal”. The shows host, Flavio Insinna, is extremely entertaining. In the Italian version of the game, there are 20 pacchi (boxes) representing one of the 20 regions of Italy and holding those boxes are representatives (and possible future contestants) from each region. There have been some very interesting contestants on this show, always full of energy and emotion.
C’e Posta Per Te (TLN/Telelatino) is sort of like a talk show and attempts to reunite individuals with their long lost loved ones (family, friends, etc). An individual is invited to come to the show with no knowledge of who wants to see/talk to them or why. If the individual accepts the invitation they will find themselves seated in front of a large envelope, which will open to show the person who wishes to see them. It is then the invited guests choice to allow that person to speak, and then ultimately to remove the envelope altogether and be reunited. I am constantly finding myself drawn to the emotional stories of these people always hoping for the best possible outcome.
For me, watching television is a fun way to practice my listening comprehension. You could also try watching movies, or listening to music. Learning a language shouldn’t have to be boring, so if you can incorporate something fun and interesting into the mix it is bound to be a good thing.
What are some of your favourite Italian shows?