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  • 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!

So...if you guys remember a few weeks ago...

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    Summer posted on 2020/06/08
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