When Will Tech Save us from Learning Languages

One week ago I started to learn a new language. My last attempt to broaden my knowledge of the romance languages was some fifteen years ago when I studied Spanish at an adult education center taking evening classes. So, it’s been a while.

This time I cut my teeth on Italian. As I stated in a recent interview, it’s not what I define as a “useful” language for myself; I don’t work in fashion or the arts. But I find it a beautiful language and I always wanted to speak Italian.To start off my journey, the current weapons of choice are a MOOC by the Università per Stranieri di Siena (Foreigners University Siena) on FutureLearn and the free self-paced Italian course on Duolingo. I will talk about my experiences in more detail at the end of the first month, but so far I’ve made good progress.

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