You have a language tutor who can help you with your pronunciation in your pocket RIGHT NOW…in questo momento, a’ ce moment, en este momento! It’s siri! This language learning tool was recently brought to my attention and I really think it is a great idea. This is particularly helpful with pronunciation.
Because if Siri can’t understand you, you’re doing it wrong. Sorry for the harsh delivery.
Wondering how to do it? Just pull out your iPhone (or I guess another smartphone/device/tablet thingy that has someone who talks to you that is not a real person), go to the “settings” app, hit “general”, “siri”, then change the language to whichever language you would like to practice in quello momento. Then, you just talk! You can write out questions in your chosen language before hand and read those, write out questions in English (or your native language) and translate those in yo head, or just freestyle the whole thing, man.
One advantage to doing this exercise is you can talk or ask questions to Siri and see if they understand you, tweaking (or scratching it all!) your pronunciation as you go. Another advantage is you can see how much you understand of the response and actually even kind of carry on a strange little conversation, if you want. Own it, this is a step closer to one day being like, “Hey you are French? Well alors, je parle francais aussi!”. I mean, how cool would like be, right? Also, you can even leave your phone in said language and use said language from here on out to set your alarms, reminders, schedule events, call yo peeps, and anything else you can think of.
Just in case you need a little inspiration, ecco some example questions for you. Some are serious, some are not. Some are translated into Italian for those of you learning it, some are not:
- What time is it in San Francisco? Che ore sono a San Francisco?
- What is the weather like in Berlin? Come e’ il tempo a Berlino?
- Will it snow today? Nevica oggi?
- What is your favorite animal? Qual e’ il tuo animale preferito?
- What is the meaning of life? Qual e’ il senso della vita?
- Tell me a story. Raccontami una storia.
Let me know how this works for y’all, you little lovers of languages.