Im sorry to bring this thread back up, but i just wanted to bring something up for advice.
I went to the library and bought a book called "conversational italian in 7 days"- its not too bad. I am beginning to read the language all right, and i can often make out a rough translation of what is going on.
To be honest, if i was asked off hand to say a sentence in italian, id give a blank stare and probably make something up. Basically, I know i cant speak the language at all.
I am not expecting by any means to be speaking the language in 2 weeks. I just wanted to propose a "layout" on how i plan to learn the language. Here are the steps i will break the process down into:
-keep doing what im doing- familiarize myself with language; get used to seeing words and reading it
- after some time, i should be able to read words, and then i will be able to put them together in my head as to what they mean in english
-after being able to piece words together with their english meaning, i will begin to start the "speaking" part of the language.
So basically, im planning on learning to read the language, then write the language, then speak the language. Am i going along this the wrong way? Should i be trying a more "integrated" type of process? I'm in no rush to learn this language- i'm doing it for my own pleasure/bettering. It's not like im going to Italy any time soon either (at least not that i know of).
Thanks in Advance