I see you. You study and study and just when you think your Italian is pretty good, you open your mouth to speak and…crickets. You know what you want to say, but you can’t make the link from brain to tongue! It’s so frustrating and yet, this is one of the most common complaints I hear from language learners. People get absolutely stuck, paralyzed, frozen, or their brain just can’t keep up with the flow of words.
First let me tell you – this is NORMAL. It’s actually a crucial part of language development. Think of a baby. They don’t immediately begin to speak perfectly, they start with words, slowly over time, adding more and more, making sentences etc. If you’ve ever seen a toddler try to put together a coherent sentence you know this is true.
Just because you’re an adult, doesn’t mean your brain is able to suddenly learn a language differently. It still has it’s process of absorbing the language, and then training the tongue, that has to take place. As an Italian language major, I won’t bore you with the details, but let’s just say, the feat of speaking in ONE language, let alone two, is actually pretty darn complicated and super impressive.
So, where does that leave you? In order to actually speak Italian, you must…SPEAK ITALIAN. Seems obvious? Stay with me…
Just like in the example of the little kid, imagine if every time they made a mistake they stopped speaking? Or worse, they decide to “wait to speak” until they are sure they won’t make mistakes! No no no, you can’t learn a language this way. It just doesn’t work like that. Children learn language though speaking, practice, making mistakes and listening to others – and news flash – it’s no different for you as an adult!
Which is why I created my conversation programs. In the shop page of this site, you can find various options (more being add all the time) to get you through this language learning hump. I have helped hundreds of people overcome their fear, but also gain confidence to put themselves out there are start speaking, mistakes and all.
If you would like to work with me, have a look.