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Re: Language Tools

Postby Flickserve » Tue Oct 22, 2019 1:14 am

Not so many Mandarin teachers at the moment.

have many mandarin learners signed up?
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leosmith
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Re: Language Tools

Postby leosmith » Tue Oct 22, 2019 3:10 am

Flickserve wrote:Not so many Mandarin teachers at the moment.

have many mandarin learners signed up?

The reason for the lack of Mandarin teachers is our payment method - Paypal only at the moment. You can see the Chinese learners by going to forum>members, but the number of returns isn't listed. I would guess we have over 1000; Chinese is a language we handle much better than lingQ in the reading tool.
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Re: Language Tools

Postby mentecuerpo » Tue Oct 22, 2019 2:33 pm

Leo Smith, thank you for your feedback on my blog.
I have signed for the LT site and I will book a conversation session with one of your Italian teachers.
I will give you feedback on the session, once completed.
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Re: Language Tools

Postby leosmith » Tue Oct 22, 2019 11:39 pm

mentecuerpo wrote:Leo Smith, thank you for your feedback on my blog.
I have signed for the LT site and I will book a conversation session with one of your Italian teachers.
I will give you feedback on the session, once completed.

Thank you kindly mentecuerpo!
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Re: Language Tools

Postby mentecuerpo » Sat Oct 26, 2019 2:08 am

Buon Giorno,

I just booked my first Italian lesson via skype with the LT site.

I selected teacher Guiliana S.
The price is competitive and the booking was very intuitive and hassle free.

I am in Arizona and I imagine my teacher is in Europe. Despite time zone differences, I book my lesson to 7:00 AM on a weekday, just before going to work. I like the convenience to start my day with a small talk with my teacher.

If the teacher agrees, I will record the audio of the lesson to continue reviewing it during the week.
It has been months since I last had a conversation in Italian.

I just have very few minutes when I go to my local Italian restaurants so I am looking forward for this lesson that I want it more to be a conversation.

I am not even close to have a conversation in German but maybe in two or three years I will be able to have skype lessons in German too.
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Re: Language Tools

Postby mentecuerpo » Wed Oct 30, 2019 1:19 am

This morning, I had my first Skype Italian lesson using a "Language tool" teacher.

I had a one-hour session, minus a few minutes, related to the technical difficulties inherent with Skype.

It has been a few years since I had an hour's conversation in Italian, since my last visit to Italy. I have been doing tons of input by listening to audiobooks in my car and reading e-books at night, but not much-producing speech. Today, that changed, I am so glad I did, I can see how much I need to practice this skill.

The Italian teacher is an Italian language teacher, during our conversation she told me that she has international experience teaching Italian in a school in Lima Peru for one year, which means, she was in tune with my Spanish accent and the frequent mistakes Latinos make when producing the Italian language.

The session went well, I spoke Italian fluently, and she agreed that my conversation levels is B1-B2. She was interested to know how I achieved this level, I told her that mainly via self-studying.

During our conversation I made several mistakes, that she quickly helped me correct, for example, when I said that from Phoenix to Rocky Point Mexico there is a two-hour drive, I made a mistake in the content, and she showed me the solution:

It takes two hours to drive from Phoenix, AZ to Rocky Point Mexico.

I said: Ci prende due ore per guidare a Porto Penasco.

Correction: Ci vogliono due ore per arrivare a Porto Penasco.

Adesso so como dirlo, "Ci vogliono"

But then, my pronunciation was wrong, she pointed out that it is not "gl" but "volliono"

So, I noticed my mistake in selecting the wrong word then, once corrected, to mistake pronouncing it, and that was corrected, so learning took place here.

Then I learned a bit about the Italian culture, and I also learned about an African country, "Togo" where the Italian teacher is currently teaching Italian, I learned that French is one of the official languages and that it is a pretty safe country to travel with political stability.

The hour went fast, I should not neglect conversation to continue making progress.

I just wish I could have recorded the session, I did not, due to messing up the audio of the recording.
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Re: Language Tools

Postby leosmith » Wed Oct 30, 2019 3:00 am

mentecuerpo wrote:The session went well, I spoke Italian fluently, and she agreed that my conversation levels is B1-B2. She was interested to know how I achieved this level, I told her that mainly via self-studying.

Glad to hear that - congrats!
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