This is the fourth update in a language learning case study. Introvert Michael Gaeta is using the Mimic Method to learn Italian by Ear.
The last week of this Italian mission has been the most difficult for me by far.
I was having a fun time learning vocabulary with Pimsleur audio, and having conversations on iTalki. But then Idahosa told me to stop all that for a while to memorize a long script, word for word.
It was very challenging, and I didn’t think I’d be able to do it at first. But Idahosa assured me that I would get it, and that I would be happy with the results.
And once again, he was absolutely right…
I finally had my first Italian conversation. Woohoo!
After a week of training my hearing and pronunciation, and another week of training with Pimsleur, I thought I would be ready for a conversation. But man was I wrong.
Speaking real Italian in a real conversation with real people is real hard!
But I survived, and Idahosa told me that’s all I had to do. In this post, I will break down exactly what I did.
During my first week of learning Italian, I focused exclusively on hearing and pronunciation.
Until this week, I had no idea what any of the words meant. Idahosa told me that I didn’t need to. The goal at this stage was just to build my Capacity.
According to The Mimic Method, I will be able to learn faster, understand more and speak with a better accent if I focused first on the sounds.
Now that I’ve finally started to learn what stuff means, I think he’s absolutely right..