To learn Italian language, another foreign language or anything else in an efficient and faster wayit could be useful to acknowledge how to take good notes. Every time we attend a lesson it’s important to take notes, especially when learning Italian language!! But we often do it just for the form, and we don’t even pay attention to what we are writing!

It is the way I do it too, during my teacher trainings, so I know exactly what it means: we are all writing a lot of things without even listening and viceversa!! With the fear of losing something, we proceed like robots, writing down everything that is told, most of it never remembered after class. 

As a result, I (and I hope not only me!!) spend more time to review, to remember and to create a global view of what I have learned (whether it’s Italian or yoga or any other subject!)

Our mind is always elsewhere!!!


How can we focus our attention to learn efficient and faster?

The first rules is stay present, when we study a language – and when we live life as well!!!

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How you can do it? First of all, finding the best way to take notes, the best way  for you! Everybody has a different kind of the intelligence and a different way to learn: therefore a different way of taking notes as well! Diagrams, schemes, drawings and so on.

Especially concerning language learning, what is really important is to remember the key concepts: for that reason, when we speak in general, it seem as if we are ‘’opening” folders in our personal computer and catching the right file to use it. 

For example: if I have to talk about my kitchen, I’ll open the folder relative to home context and then open the file, inside this folder, relative to kitchen. Similarly, if I have to speak about football, I’ll open the folder concerning free time and successively the file about sport; at the end I’ll reach the group of words about football.

If we take notes divided by different contexts and different grammar elements inside each context, it is really more efficient in rememberinthe words and the verbs as well, in case we need those exact words.


Another amazing way to take notes applicable to everything we learn, is the Cornel method. We learned it  with Cecilia Sardeo: I had the honor to attend a lot of her masterclasses about personal growth and to start this project online to teach Italian as a foreign language thanks to BizAcademy, where women like me can study how to realize, in practice, their job dreams! 

She’s a great teacher in many different fields !!! The rules we are going to show you are taken from her Ceci Weekly video:

Take a paper and firstly divide it in 3 parts: the central part will be dedicated to notes, the left column to the essential ideas, the bottom line to a final summary. You can watch this from minute 2.17 of the Ceci video.

  • When you use the central part, you write down definitions of concepts, formulas, examples, research, details, curiosities.
  • In the left column, you write the  essential ideas:  just the concepts to been examined in depth.
  • About the summary, try to answer a this simple question: how to explain to someone who knows nothing about this topic what you just learned?


Firstly this method helps you organize your notes “on the go” without having to take them back and organize them in a second time! And it does so by enabling yourself to be active.

Certainly, this is a great example of active learning (we of Italyamo totally support this kind of approach!!!): it’s as if we were teaching ourselves just as much as the teacher or the speaker is teaching to us! Because we are the ones who are working once again on our thoughts. It feels as if we are already studying after the lesson!!

Do you think this method is a good way to learn?? How could be useful for your Italian learning?

Share your experience with us and if  you want, try our free video to practice your way to learn Italian language actively!!!


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