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Italian Language Learning Tips for Study Abroad Students 

Round out your education by learning a second language

As a tourist city, Florence, Italy makes it very easy for non-Italian speaking visitors to acclimate and enjoy their surroundings. Fact is, as a student in the Marist-LdM program, you can easily get by without learning Italian. The faculty is comprised of English speakers from around the world, and the city is as accommodating as a foreign city can possibly be. But a major part of studying abroad is immersing yourself within a new culture, and what better way to do that than by learning the language of your host country.

In her blog, “Come si dice…?”: Italian Language Learning Tips, Marist Italy student Sarah Noel Rodriguez lays out some Italian language learning tips for study abroad students. Paraphrased below are just three of the tips she gives to study abroad students considering learning Italian while studying abroad in the Marist-LdM program.

Study Once a Day

Repetition is key when learning anything and that goes double for learning a new language. The more you use the phrases and words you have learned, the easier it will be to incorporate them into your everyday life. Take a few moments each day to read an Italian paper or website, converse with someone in Italian, or just practice what you’ve learned in your English classes. You’ll be amazed at how quickly you can begin to pick things up once it becomes a part of your daily routine.

Write in Italian

Verbal communication is great, but written communication often helps students better remember what they’ve learned. Try to keep a journal in Italian, or send emails or texts to friends in Italian. Even something as simple as writing a recipe or grocery list can help you quickly learn key phrases or words.

Watch in Italian

Just because you’re in Italy doesn’t mean you’ll have to miss out on your favorite movies and shows. And finally, watching TV can help you learn something! Turn on the subtitles so you are able to hear the Italian words and read their English translation. This will help give you a conversational understanding of the many words and phrases you will hear during the course of your study abroad program.

One of the best reasons to learn Italian, other than the ability to converse with your native neighbors, is the pride you will feel upon learning a new language. As you embark on this exciting journey, remember that there’s much more to learn than what is taught in the classroom. Take advantage of your new surroundings and bring some Italian to your vernacular.

For more information on the Marist-LdM program and all it has to offer, please visit http://italy.marist.edu/.  

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