A few years ago, I tried learning Spanish by listening to language learning podcasts like Spanish Pod and Coffee Break Spanish. But, you know, I wasn’t that successful because I just decided to abandon listening to those podcasts. Nevertheless, Spanish Pod and Coffee Break Spanish are great language learning podcasts. In fact, they’re both highly entertaining. It’s just that I wasn’t that motivated to learn the language.
As many of you know by now, I transferred to UP Diliman after graduating from UP Open University. Apparently, I am now required to take 6 units of foreign language courses (in one language). No, I don’t have any problem with this requirement. I actually love it! I mean, speaking three languages is kind of cool, right?
At first, I was thinking of taking the required 6 units of foreign language courses during the summer term; but I think that would be a bit overkill, right? So, this semester, I was able to enlist myself in two elementary courses in Italian—that is, Italian 10 and 11 (equivalent to 6 units).
So, why Italian?
- I really think that Italian is a cool and a great language to learn.
- I want to go to Italy and Vatican someday and interact with the natives!
- I think that Italian is not a cliche foreign language elective. 😛
- The demand for Italian courses in the university isn’t that high as compared with other European languages (e.g. Spanish).
- I love Italian food.
- Et cetera, et cera, et cetera.
Want a taste of my prowess as an Italian speaker? Si?
Ciao! Mi chiamo Jeric. Ho diciannove anni. Sono filippino, di Manila. Io parlo inglese, filippino, e un po’ di Italiano. Come stai?
English Translation: Hello! My name is Jeric. I’m 19 years old. I’m Filipino from Manila. I speak English, Filipino and a little of Italian. How are you?
If you want to know, hear, or learn more about my journey as an Italian language learner, I suggest that you listen to my newest podcast show, Parli Italiano? Podcast (Do You Speak Italian?), that you can access by checking out the Brink Notes Podcast Network website. This podcast is where I will share about my experience in learning Italian as a foreign language and where I will practice speaking the language.
PS: I actually wanted to take up Latin as a foreign language elective. But, apparently, it is not being offered this semester (Maybe next semester?). But, then again, who speaks Latin nowadays aside from the Pope? Haha! 😀