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…