I have found my BIG IDEA.
My Italian class has started again and I wasn't looking forward to it. (The thought did, briefly, cross my mind to give up.) I feel I am slow in learning Italian. I am not a natural at languages but I like to try. I did Latin at school, have school French, a little smattering of Swedish and Greek, and in preparation for our month in Venice I am doing this very good and very challenging course at Glasgow University.
SO. Instead of despairing at my slow progress I shall try some extreme Italian. I shall talk to Barry in Italian as much as possible (I know, poor Barry), listen to CD's in the car, label things around the house in Italian with post it notes, listen to Verdi, read blogs about Venice in Italian first then in translation, try some Italian recipes, some new Italian wines, oh the possibilities are endless and suddenly January seems more fun.......
I found some of the advice here and the little video here really helpful in getting me motivated again.
I am listening to this charming one over and over picking out the words I understand and am pleasantly surprised that I understand quite a lot of it.
(I did actually think of the idea of Extreme Italian as I was writing yesterday's post....Oh I do love blogging!)