Subtitles section Play video Print subtitles So...if you guys remember a few weeks ago... I made a video saying "I've decided to learn a new language!" That I was participating in iTalki.com's October Language Challenge. Which means, I had 2 weeks to partner with a native speaker and learn as much as I can of a new language. And if you guys remember, i chose Italiano! I'm a native English speaker I grew up speaking a little bit of Spanish but kind of forgot everything and I also took a semester of Latin maybe 6 years ago... But I haven't actually formally learned' or dedicated myself to formally learning a Western language ever (Falling!!) The English speaking world and Japanese speakers are the majority of my viewers but so many people wrote comments saying like "Oh I've actually studied Italian..." or "Oh I actually am Italian" or "I'm 1/2 Italian!" I got emails like, everyone saying that they're so excited to see me speak Italian And now I'm like...*SWEAT*... So! Let's just get on with it. Remember I said I wanted to do 3 things for you guys! First thing is, to be able to introduce myself The second is to know how to have a phone conversation. and the 3rd is to be able to make commentary. to use adjectives to tack on to everyone else's conversation without actually having to say much. and to help me do this I'm bringing in my special language partner... ...Lily!!!! Ok then! Let's speak some Italian! Hey guys, my name is Loretta! I'm from the U.S. (L: and how old are you???) Ah, that reminds me! This is my dog! her name is Lily. Where are you going??? I'm listening. Lily, it's me, Loretta. Get back here! NO. (NOoo.) Lily, oh, where's your rope??? You're so good!!! You're so cute!!! (*LICK* and you're delicious!) OK, so that's it! Short and sweet! It doen't feel like a lot but I worked really hard on that! I feel like I really learned a lot in these 2 weeks. My teacher, Federica, she's Italian, she lives in Italy we would Skype in the mornings we'd go over everything and Honestly, it was really fun but it was kinda frustrating! I came in strong like: "I can speak Japanese! "...so I can learn anything!" But when she started talking I was like "WHAT ARE YOU SAYING?!" There's like this wall of language to this whole 'nother world and Im like Ughh, I see you guys in there!!! and I can't quite do it. I feel like I'm literally running up against a wall and there's like a tiny peephole into this other world. and I can kind of pry it open but it's taking forever. Meanwhile, everyone else is having fun in there. But with Japanese at least I managed to like smash open a window. for the last like...13 years so maybe I can actually see what's going on there but UGHHH Italian is kicking my BUTT. The thing that really helped is kind of like, these little milestones. I watched the new James Bond (007) movie and there's a lot of Italian scenes and it was funny, I was watching it and like "Oh! They're speaking Italian!' where as like, three weeks ago I would've had no idea what language they are speaking. for some reason, because I knew a little bit of Italian I recognized some of the intonation and some of the words and I was in the movie theater like: "Heyyy! They're speaking Italiannn" Let's speakkk Italiannnn But when I learned Japanese it was the same way The first time I heard someone speaking it "Oh! they're speaking Japanese!" I know enough to know that they're speaking Japanese! and that was like the first milestone. being able to recognize the sound. The 2nd thing with Japanese, I was flipping through a manga, Cardcaptor Sakura and as I was flipping through a word popped out as I was going it was like: "SAKURA" or something it just POPPED OUT because I actually recognized the word as a whole I was actually reading for the first time, not just sounding it out. The first time that happened in Japanese I freaked out!! But these little milestones of progress that I'm feeling are like the amazing part of learning language and that's something I've really missed so THANKYOU to Italki and my teacher Federica for letting me participate in the October language challenge and challenging me to learn something new. That was exciting - VERYFRUSTRATING - but very exciting and also thank you to you guys apparentlly a lot of you Italian speakers thanks for listening to me struggle in italian and if you want to comment on my Italian please go easy on me!!PLEASEEE. But, that's all for today! Thanks so much for watching, you guys! And guess what! I can actually say goodbye now! :) Unlike last time. That was embarassing. I'll see you guys next time!