It's been a long time
since I published video below. There I was experimenting with a tool I had just
learned: mind mapping. And I know it may not have been a good mind map. I
just wanted to show you how to create a mind map and I did it
telling you a story.
Watch the video for the story titled:
"Scrollarsi la terra di dosso" that I recorded very long ago (2009)
What does "scrollarsi
la terra di dosso" mean?
Look up for the meaning! In the video I use the key word "addosso"...which mean "on
the shoulders", or in general "on your body". There are many expressions with
avere (portare) qualcosa addosso
piangersi addosso...that is to feel sorry for oneself
But the expression used in the story is
scrollarsi di dosso, one
of the characters of the story si scrolla la terra di dosso e a piccoli
Well, time goes by and
recently I have started using mind mapping and brought it to another level. On
my 40th birthday (yes, I am that young:-) I started drawing a wonderful story
that I read on a book (Transforming Tales by Rob Parkinson) and then
while watching the map, I started telling the story. Then, I repeated the same
process for a lot of other stories that you can find on the playlist below and I
have also started using them as a tool to teach Italian with my students!
Mind maps, invented by Tony Buzan,
can help you get the story while listening to it, but they also help you tell
the story yourself. And this is really a wonderful exercise for your
Italian. What do you think? If you want to know more about how to use mind maps
to learn a language, visit the link below with an article in English:
A book to always keep next to other Italian books and courses. It will
help you while learning the Italian language, either if you study by
yourself or if you take a class. Here is the basic idea of this English
speaker oriented manual: The horizontal format on two columns (with
English parallel text) lets you discover the tricks of learning the
language directly in Italian as well Tony Buzan’s mind maps (http://www.buzanworld.com/).
By studying the books of this English psychologist, “the most important
researcher in the fields of learning, intelligence development and
memory”, the author, an Italian teacher Ditals certified, gets
inspiration to create and draw several mind maps showing frequent
Italian words and basic grammar. Thanks to the internet and multimedia,
“The secrets of the Italian language” can be heard through the real
author’s voice. The book is divided in three parts. In the first
section, about the vocabulary, you will discover, among other things,
memory techniques and an easy way to use flash cards. In the second
section, you can see how easy it is to cope and solve the first hurdles
of the Italian grammar, verbs and prepositions. In the third section, in
full color, you will look at the mind maps of the most common Italian
words. These mind maps have been hand drawn or created through the
official Buzan’s IMINDMAP software.
"I Segreti della Lingua Italiana" contains a highly effective and
enjoyable approach to learning basic Italian. The book's bilingual
layout (English & Italian text) combined with its use of pedagogical
aids, such as mind-maps, simplify and elucidate the basic structure of
the Italian language allowing the reader to effortlessly absorb and
internalise its content. The concepts introduced cannot only be applied
to develop the reader's competency in Italian but are crucial keys to
unlocking the secrets of learning in general. This book is both highly
effective and fun - a superb combination for language learning!
Draw your mind maps! It
may seem a chidish thing, but you will have fun
and you will give something colourful things to do and see to the right emisphere of your brain.
I bet you have heard
that an image is worth thousand words, haven't you?
Here you can look at the mindmap of the prince swordsman's
tale. It is colourful,
simple and fun to create. And it helps you to remember the story of the prince
swordsman. It also helps you remember new words and more. What do you need to
make that? A sheet of white paper, some coloured pencils and your fantasy. I
have written a key word on each branch. Do you remember the story? (It's also in
the book the Secrets of the Italian language)
Can mind maps help you speak Italian
better and better? My answer is: yes, absolutely! After you
listened to Italian, after you have made your mind on how the language works,
you may need to have a big picture of grammar rules or to categorize words and here come mind maps!
So, my piece of advice
is to draw your own mind maps and have fun while learning Italian, even though
you may be telling yourself you're not good at drawing. You don't have to show
your mind maps, it's something personal, just for you, to help you internalize
the content you put on it.