Buona sera! Good evening! As per noted in my calendar of Italian events posted a little over a week ago, today is the day of my first vlog entry. To be completely honest, I am glad I actually wrote it in the calendar, because I do not know if I would have gone through with a vlog had I not put it out there for the world to see. That being said, some of my colleagues have braved the difficulties and done vlogs themselves, which inspired me to do the same (keep up the great work Amy, Genna, and Ashley, to simply name a few!).
Here is the blog I quoted in my vlog, speaking to the importance of conversation and speaking when learning a foreign language.
Here are the pictures for my post-its this week, as referenced in my vlog:
If you can’t see the words and didn’t understand my pronunciation in the vlog, here they are (articles included!):
- La télévisione – the television
- Il altoparlante – the speaker
- I sistemi elletronici – the electronic systems
- Il filo or il cavo – the cable
- Il console per videogiochi – the video game console
- Il pulsante – the power button
- Il recevitore – the receiver
- Un regulatore – a controller
- Il vetro – the glass
- Il legno – the wood
(Italian is in purple while English is in green).
What do I think of my first vlog experience? I enjoyed it. I felt I could share more in less time, given the fact that I can orally express it rather than write it out. There are evidently benefits to both types of reflection methods, and I will continue to use both throughout this learning process. I do strongly believe oral speech – although frightening, anxiety-ridden, and nerve-wracking – is essential to all language learning. Therefore, I will continue to write and speak about my adventures in Italian, just as I will continue express myself in this language both orally and written in this blog.
Now, after having filmed the vlog for the thirteenth time and feeling as though I finally succeeded in expressing my reflections through this learning process, I watched it over and realized I made a few (embarrassing) errors. This led me to the question: do I do it over again, or do I leave the errors in, for others to learn from them just as I did. Even simply for others to see that not everyone is perfect at vlogging and mistakes can be made. So… what did I do? I left them in. Can you find them? Stay tuned for a my analysis of my first vlog to see where they are! (Using myself in a slightly embarrassing manner to learn and to help others learn? Yes. That will happen.)