Hey again, all! Here's my next speaking video update for this week, this time talking about cooking. It's a little shorter than the last, but it also didn't include an introduction or anything like that. Actually, I got more views on the first video than I thought, and I did manage to get some corrections for later. Hoorah! Thanks again everyone, and here's the video.

    As far as my Italian learning is going, I've been keeping up with my vocabulary (but I did miss a day T_T ), and I've been doing some active listening in the past few days as well. It took me a little while to find a source I enjoy, but I've managed to get to it. Thank you internet. (^_^) But the stuff I'm watching, I'll admit, is mostly cartoons and animated movies. And this is for a few reasons. First, the characters tend to use language understandable to children, and since I like to think that as a beginning language learner, you're basically a child of the language, it works out pretty well. The fact that there is a visual aspect to go along with the audio is another reason I see it as much more effective than just listening to music, or a podcast, or radio.
    But I have to come clean and say that it's also largely because I really love these things. Cartoons especially, but I find myself much more entertained by animated movies intended for children than a lot of other movies. Don't get me wrong, there are parts I dislike, as does everyone else (most animated musicals have awful music, and some of the jokes are the agonizing groaners), but I still find myself strangely attracted to what many consider too "kiddy" or childish. Perhaps I'm still a kid at heart (as evidenced by my rosy cheeks and lovable guffaw). Maybe I just love simple plots and happy endings.
    In any case, I'm fortunate because children's movies and cartoons are circulated around the world and dubbed in just about every language EVER. I can find a movie and watch it in English, Japanese, Italian, Spanish, French, Portuguese, Arabic, Russian, and so on, and so on. I find it to be the ideal language learning material, at least as far as listening practice goes. You still need the speaking practice, but for the times when you can't find someone to practice with, this is a good way to keep your listening chops up to par.
    That's all I've got to day, so tune in next week, and thanks for reading!


01/07/2013 04:50

01/07/2013 04:53

Us non natives need subtitles. Although I think I understood a little. You were talking about mushrooms at one point?? And how could you run out of things to say about cooking? There's so much to talk about! XO


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