If you’re lucky enough to be in the country of the language you’re learning, just do something as simple as go to the grocery store and eavesdrop on your fellow shoppers. This is a fun, guilty-pleasure of mine but it’s a language learning opportunity as well. The key is you have to ACTIVELY LISTEN. This is quite different from going about your grocery shopping and blocking out the world which is what a lot of us do. Actively listen (eavesdrop!) on everyone and have secret conversations with them in your head. Don’t respond to them out loud though, remember that I’m not liable if they call the local mental hospital and drag you away or if you end up having to fend off that cute Italian boy in the fruits and veggies section with a carrot.
Another thing that some of my expat friends and I have created is a Whatsapp group called “SOLO ITALIANO” where, you guessed it, we write and leave voice messages to each other, IN ITALIAN ONLY. We try to help each other with corrections but for the most part, it’s an idea to just get comfortable speaking about normal things like friends do and to share the occasional bit of gossip in a second language! Hope these ideas are helpful to you, whoever you are, and whether you’re learning Italian or any other language, let me know!
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If you enjoyed this post, you should probably check out my category "The Language" for more Italian tips and tricks and many, many more funny anecdotes about language learning! Some of the blog posts you'll find there include:
The Best Worst Mistakes Made by English-Speakers in Italian
The Struggle of Informal vs. Formal in Italian
My Biggest Language-Related Pet Peeve: When Locals Switch to English
and the ever entertaining...Sh*t My English Friends Say in Italian