Monday, 31 July 2017

Music Monday ~ n.2

For this week's edition of VLD's Music Mondays, I'm bringing you one of Italy's top artists at the moment, Baby K.  Her song, "Voglio Ballare Con Te" ("I want to dance with you"), is one of this year's top summer hits, and features Spanish singer-songwriter, Andrés Ceballos (also known as Andrés Dvicio).  

This song is a classic example of an Italian summer song.  It talks about falling for someone, forgetting about all your worries and cares and just dancing the night away with that special someone, until the wee hours of the morning.  It encapsulates that "live for the moment," kind of lifestyle that Italians are so well known for.
Of course it also makes reference to the beach and "il mare" (the ocean), which is pretty much a staple in Italian songs of the summer.  

You will see there there is not only a little bit of Spanish mixed into this song, but one English word as well (leave a comment below when you find out what it is!).  This is of no surprise, as Italians have adapted many English words into the Italian language, rather than translating them.

Without further ado, crank up the volume and balla (dance) away...

Sunday, 30 July 2017

5 Language learning tips for your everyday

Most people express the desire to learn a language but feel that they don't have the time. What they don't realize is that they can start learning a new language right away in their everyday actions with just a few tweaks in their routine! 

Mobile Phones 

A tool which most people use daily is their cell phone. Most smart phones today allow you to change the language setting. Simply change the setting to whatever language you want to learn, and a world of new vocabulary is literally at your fingertips! 


GPS systems are another great tool for language learning! By simply setting the language to something new, you create a little tutor who will teach you new words! This tool is great for pronouncation learning and practice. If you're worried about the possibility of getting lost, practice this tip on a routine route. 

Movies and Television 

Watching movies and TV shows in another language are a great way to learn not only new vocabulary and pronunciation, but intonation as well. Intonation is especially important when learning language as the pitch of words and sentences are associated with meaning. Each language has it's own pitch range, so it's important to become associated with the range of the language of your choice. Furthermore, since you are seeing the actions take place along with the words while watching movies and television shows, these forms of media tend to accelerate the language learning process.

Next time you are doing laundry or pouring yourself a bowl of cereal, take a moment to check out the different languages that the labels are written in.  Note that languages will vary depending on what country you live in - for example, here in Canada, labels are always written in both English and French.  Also, depending on the product you are looking at, there may be more than two languages on the label.  Compare word for word, and you will have a great little translation dictionary right in front of you!

Music is a great tool for language learning! Not only does it encompass new vocabulary and pronunciation, it also incorporates the popular sounds of a culture. Furthermore, depending what music you are listening to, you may be exposed to the slang and/or colloquial terms and phrases used in a certain culture.  This is important to learn as it exposes you to the target language you are learning from a native speaker's point of view.

Speaking of music, don't forget to check out Viva la Dolce's Music Mondays, where new Italian music is discussed on the blog, along with translated lyrics, to help you in your language learning journey!

Monday, 24 July 2017


Welcome to Viva la Dolce's new feature, Music Mondays!  

I have always been a huge advocate for using music to help teach language.  Not only does it add a element of fun in the learning process, it also helps immensely when trying to perfect one's pronunciation of new terms in the target language. 

As a music lover, I have always had a soft spot for Italian music.  Although I may be a little biased, being Italian and all, there is just something about the energy of their music!  Their lyrics are full of passion and have somewhat of a philosophical quality to them (all the more reason to learn the language!).

Don't be intimidated if you don't understand every word, or even any at all.  Just listen to the rhythm and let the energy of the music take you away! Trust me, I'm sure you will be catching on to a word or two (or hopefully more!) soon enough! 

For this week, the featured song is a current summer hit, "Onde" by artist Marco Mengoni.  This is a remix of the original version.  This video is especially great for language learning, as all the lyrics are shown! Enjoy!


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