When I speak to Italian parents, they often express a deep frustration with their kid’s conversation skills. We all know that Italian school focuses on grammar a lot. Most kids know English grammar better than my family back home in Canada. Unfortunately, if you place them before someone who asks them to chat, they may freeze up and not say a word.
Why is that? How can we get them talking & interacting so they can learn a language in a natural way? Not only study grammar and memorize vocabulary lists but understand speech, feel relaxed when faced with figurative speech and master fluency before they reach university.
Here is our solution for Young Learners in Italy.
They need to use the language in conversation. Enjoy the way in which they learn. Speak it as much as possible.
That’s the secret…Confidence in Communication…EASI can help!
Are you ready to get into the summer vaycay (i.e. vacation) mode with Jamie-s mojito video? It is so simple that I am sure you will never choose store-bought again… You will love it. One thing, use brown sugar if you can!
What are the ingredients?
1 lime, cut in quarters
7-8 mint leaves
1 dessert spoon of sugar
15ml of white rum
a splash of soda water
What expressions can we learn from the video?
Roll it to loosen the oils. (to emanate)
Slice the lime. (to cut with a sharp knife)
Spank your mint. (figurative, to hit with your hand )
Squash the leaves. (to press into a flatter state)
Garnish with some mint leaves. (to put something on food as a decoration)
p.s. this post was inspired by the lazy days of summer…
This song is about the agony of unrequited love – is there anything more painful in the world? The artist, Eric Clapton, pours out his emotions describing everything he would like to do if he could “change the world” so that this woman would love him in return.
This song’s meaning is reinforced by Clapton’s descriptions of impossible actions such as pulling a star down from the sky and being “king for a day.” These acts which he will never be able to perform parallel the fact that he will never be loved by this woman and will forever be trapped “wishing for the day” that he can change the world and be loved in return.
Why doI like this song?
We’ve all been there, haven’t we? Maybe it was just as a teenager or later as an adult but everyone has a person that wasn’t into them… and the pain was excruciating. I think this song sums up that feeling perfectly. The melancholic combination of the guitar melody and the singer’s voice produce a hint of fleeting hope which will end in inevitable anguish. The thought of the pain isn’t why I like the song, strictly speaking. I like it because this song is really about love and hope even against the odds.
What expressions can we learn?
Agony/anguish: Extreme pain
Excruciating: Unbearable or extreme – usually used as an adjective for a lot of pain
Unrequited: Not returned
Pour out one’s emotions: to openly express deep sentiments or feelings
We’ve all been there: a way to say that people have experienced a similar event or emotion
To (not) be into someone: to have romantic feelings towards another person