On My Italian Accent

my italian accentCiao a tutti!

I’ve been living in Florence for over two months and have become immersed in the culture. My progress in Italian is going well; however, being in graduate school has made it difficult to find time to devote to my Rosetta Stone course. I’m trying to make time for it, though, because it’s such a helpful language-learning tool.

Simultaneously, I’m enrolled in a university Italian class, as it’s a requirement of my program here. We had to take a placement exam, and I placed at a higher level than I thought I would, which shows how much I’m retaining from my Rosetta Stone lessons. My professor has even commented on my pronunciation and how much vocabulary I know. The Rosetta Stone speech-recognition feature is my favorite aspect of the software because I think that sounding like a local is the most important part of learning a new language.

A few times in restaurants, I’ve ordered completely in Italian, and waiters have genuinely thought I was a local because of my accent, which makes me really proud of the progress I’ve made. One of my friends came to visit, and she speaks no Italian, so I asked the waiter for a menu in English for her (I didn’t feel like translating the entire menu). The waiter asked, “Why?” because I spoke perfectly. That’s a great example of how well I’m progressing con il mio italiano.

Arrivederci!

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Aimee Bateas

Aimee Elizabeth Bateas has always had a knack for and love of languages. A native Californian, she moved to Connecticut at age seven and began studying French in third grade. She picked up the language quickly and continued taking courses in it until reaching the highest level offered during her junior year of high school. During Aimee’s senior year of high school, she wanted to continue learning a language and decided that Spanish would be practical. She was a quick study, and during spring break spent a week in Spain on a mini exchange program with a Madrid high school. Aimee relished spending time with Spanish students, one of whom she still keeps in contact with. She continued studying Spanish throughout college, and now takes every opportunity to speak it. Aimee graduated in May 2010 from James Madison University, in Harrisonburg, Virginia, with a bachelor of arts in communication studies, a concentration in public relations, and a minor in political science. In August, she’ll head to Italy to work on her master of arts in European Union policy. Aimee will study in Florence for ten months, and has begun learning Italian with Rosetta Stone to enhance her experience while living in Italy. She hopes to become conversational in Italian with the help of Rosetta Stone’s Dynamic Immersion method, and through her in-country immersion experience.
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