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The Lazy Italian Self-Study Experiment: Month 1

Or: putting German on hold was harder than I thought it would be

Elise Cutts

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Banner for the lazy Italian self-study experiment: a sleepy cat hugging a book with a speech bubble containing an Italian flag

The 1st month of the Lazy Italian Experiment is over… and it was definitely a bit more “lazy” than “Italian.” Thanks to a last-minute vacation with my boyfriend’s germanophone family, I got very very excited about German again and pretty much let Italian fall away for 2 weeks.

The Lazy Italian Self-Study Experiment: Month 0

My goals and strategy for my first month of teaching myself Italian without lots of time

Elise Cutts

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Banner for the lazy Italian self-study experiment: a sleepy cat hugging a book with a speech bubble containing an Italian flag

There are lots of language learning strategies and programs out there for beginners, and I think that most of them probably workโ€”if only because they involve spending lots of time with your new language. But I’m lazy. And maybe you are, too. So if you’re wondering if it’s possible to learn a new language with no real plan and close to 0 focused study, you’re in the right place. Welcome to my silly experiment.

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This isn't another polyglot blog โ€” it's a monoglot blog! Well, it used to be. At this point, I'm probably somewhere around a 1.75-glot, maybe a 1.80-glot on a good day. This site is all about learning to learn languages, written through the lense of my experience overcoming the intermediate plateau with German and starting from scratch with Italian as a self-taught former monoglot. If you're teaching yourself a language, this is for you!

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