The power of repetition – Learn Italian in the car
As you all know, a powerful tool to learn something is repeating it many times. Many have benefited from this simple strategy. So it is time you also profit from the power of repetition.
Learning a language by repetition is simple. You take audio files and listen to them continually. You can listen to them while doing other activities. Driving could be one of them. But any chore in which your brain is not fully employed is an adequate opportunity. You will be surprised how much space you have in your day to listen to the language you are learning.
Do you spend a considerable amount of time driving? Then reading about how to learn Italian in the car is for you!
In our book, committing to this technique will solidify the language in your head.
Examples of effortlessly learning
I remember as a child hearing the audio content of a political campaign daily. I was not interested in the content of the campaign. I was exposed to it more often than I liked. But at the end of the first month, I realized I had memorized all the dialogues. I thought it was just me, so I asked my sisters. They were equally exposed and could recite all the lines as well.
I also remember, in high school, we were given in class a fragment of a literary novel. Each day we analyzed part of the fragment. But we went on with this task for about three months. The teacher never encouraged us to memorize the quite lengthy text. However, having studied it that long, everybody learned it by heart. And I must admit that the subject was unappealing. But I retained it in a very natural way.
The students in that classroom were very different. But still, all of them memorized the text. It did not depend on them. It was due to the amount of exposure received to the literary work.
So, the point of these two examples is to show that exposure can lead to learning.
A basic Italian level is mandatory for this to work!
To start building up your vocabulary with repetition, you need to have a basic Italian level.
Why do we need a basic Italian level for this technique to work? Because when we are listening, our brain is working doing many associations. It needs to have things it understands to build up from there. If the vocabulary in the audio is foreign to you, your brain will have no reference points.
The other thing you need is time. You will need to listen to the audio over and over again.
Because of the two points just mentioned, it is logical to pick an audio file on a topic you enjoy. A random subject would not be that effective as something you gravitate towards naturally.
Your goal should not be memorization. Just being able to understand the content is enough.
I am personally very grateful that I discovered this technique!
I have personally benefited a lot from this technique. I surprised myself when I was learning Italian. I could not believe my progress. And people in Italy were surprised also!
“How have you learned with anybody around you speaking Italian?”
“How have you learned so fast?”
“We understand every word you say!”
These were just a few of the encouraging comments I received. I had committed to this for a year or so. They were surprised, and I was surprised too!
My routine consisted in listening to passages of the Bible in the car. And because I was learning Italian, the audios were in Italian. As I commuted, I enjoyed listening to them. I already knew the chapters in my first language. So, they served a double purpose. First, they gave me new insights into these portions. And second, they helped me improve my Italian skills.
I discovered that the more I listened to them, the more I understood. And that kept me wanting more. It is an encouraging feeling!
Learn Italian in the car
Once you have selected what you will listen to, try to spend a lot of time with it. And put your ear actively to work.
Listening is a crucial component of learning a new language. And I would like to illustrate this by pointing out a homely illustration.
A child that does not listen to spoken language will not talk. There is a logical link between the ear gate and the mouth. And it is seen in the fact that little children speak similar to their parents. Girls usually vocalize similarly to their mothers. And boys also articulate similarly to their fathers. It makes sense because they are the people that they hear the most in those initial stages. The little boy or girl reproduces the sounds that he or she is hearing.
Actively listening involves paying attention to each word. Try to grasp in your brain as much as you can. It may even help if you can have the written format of the audio (or video) and occasionally listen to it following its text. However, this is optional. And it may not be viable most of the time. After all, you would be listening while doing other activities.
Try to understand every word you are listening to in the audio. If there are some words that you initially do not understand, try to discover their meaning by their context. If it is not enough to analyze what was said before and after, jot the word down. When you have your first chance, go straight to a dictionary and look it up. This way, you will increase your vocabulary.
By following this technique, you will also get exposed to the grammatical rules that are taking place in the lines you are studying. Absorbing grammar without deliberately considering it is the best way to learn grammar. That is how we learned our first language.
And the most important rule is to stick to the process of repeatedly listening to your target language! The importance of repetition is repetition itself.
There is a platform you could also check out for free. It teaches Italian using a podcast-style approach.
They have taken into account the importance of repetition. But are careful of not wearing you out. The platform combines different audios going over the same vocabulary. The variety does the trick. Click here to read more about this platform.
If you have any questions or comments, please leave them below.
Great tips on repetition of studies! I agree that this method can relate to anything you want to learn. I am currently studying a technology platform for a job interview and am using the technique you recommended. Thanks for sharing.
Hey Josh! Thank you for sharing your thoughts on this post. This method is very effective. We both have our personal experiences using it! Wish you all the best in your job interview. And thanks for stopping by!
Great idea! I love using the time in the car for something productive. I usually listen to audiobooks or podcasts, but learning a new language would be even better! Now I just need to plan that trip to Italy to try out my new language skills. 🙂 Thanks for these great suggestions. I just love your site!
Hi Katie! Good you’ve already been using that time driving your car to listen to audiobooks and podcasts. You’ll have no problem incorporating podcasts for learning languages. All the best in your trip to Italy!
Hello Henry, I had thought in these things but I hadn’t actually read them anywhere. I know repetition has a great impact on our brain and we can use that for our advantage learning languages. I’ll check out these posdcast you suggested at the end of this post. Thank you very much!
Hi! Yeah, do check out these podcasts. You’ll enjoy them!
I live in Canada and some parents will enroll their children into French immersion schools. This way the child has no choice but to learn French or they will fail their courses. There really is no better way to learn a language than to be fully immersed in it as much as you possibly can. As adults this can be just as simple as what you say and listening to it every day in the car or while we’re doing other mundane things.
Hi! Yes, the ideal way to immerse ourselves in a language is as you have explained, traveling to the country or place where the language is spoken. But, if that possibility is not an option, then surrounding ourselves with podcasts and audiobooks will also do the trick.
Hello, good article! I’m interested to know more about the platform you are talking about. Unfortunately I do not have any link to the podcasts… Can you help me ?
Hi Justin. Yes, sorry for not getting back to you sooner. Click here to go to a post that gives more details about this platform were you can learn with Italian podcasts.
The more exposed you are to a foreign language, the faster you learn it. Don’t do something you don’t like, which is boring or annoying, so you will lose the will to learn. There are many options to make learning a foreign language enjoyable. Thank you for giving us the idea of learning our favorite language while driving because it seems relaxing, we are alone in the car, and no one bothers us.
Yes, driving is a great time to listen to the language we want to learn. I hope more people take advantage of this.
Thank you for this piece. It has left me thinking about a couple of things.
The human mind has an incredible ability to absorb information and learn new skills. And repetition is a crucial component of learning and understanding.
However, I had never thought of this technique for learning languages. And now that I read it here, it makes sense. It is an easy and effective way to improve in any field.
I also agree that we should not focus on grammar rules. We should absorb them naturally.
Lots of food for thought. Thank you very much!
Hello, Prashant. I am glad to hear that this post opened your eyes to new ideas. Thanks for your comment. And have a great time learning your new language!
Yeah, this was a good read!! Repetition has its benefits. But I had never thought of applying it to language learning. However, now that I have read your post, it makes perfect sense. I will start implementing this strategy right away. I like that it is easy to implement. Thank you!
You’re welcome. I am glad you found this suggestion helpful!
I had a colleague who used to learn Italian in her car while coming to work. She told me that it was easier for her as she listened and learned quicker than in a classroom. Also, she progressed very quickly because her brain was already wired to be receptive to new Italian words. And your post confirms her statements. Thank you!
Thanks for sharing your colleague’s experience. Very helpful!
Thank you for this great post on learning Italian in the car through the power of repetition! I must say, this article has phenomenal advice for learning any language. I am definitely going to use these tips to improve some of the other languages that I’m trying to become more fluent in, like Japanese and Chinese. And once I’m more fluent in those two, I’ll be going after Italian next and coming back to your site for more tips!