Languages and Personal Development – Interview with Alberto Arrighini

Interview-with-Alberto Arrighini

 [interview video below]

Today I’m very happy to have Alberto Arrighini, hailing from Italiano Automatico, guest post on Lingholic. I’ve also had the chance to interview Alberto on his language learning and life philosophies, and as you’ll see, Alberto is a very enthusiastic and inspiring young man with lots of great ideas.

In the interview I conducted (see bottom of this post), Alberto talks at length about the way he uses books and other kinds of material he enjoys in his everyday life to learn foreign languages. Simply put, why not do in a foreign language what you enjoy doing in your mother tongue? Alberto’s passion is all about self-development and health, and you’ll see why! Finally, Alberto tells us why eating healthily is so important to learning more efficiently, and how you can do it too.

I hope you’ll enjoy both the post and the interview, and as usual, you’re more than welcome to get involved by commenting below and sharing your personal stories with the rest of us. I now turn to Alberto for the rest of this post!

Learning With What You Enjoy

As I mention in the interview video below, it’s very important that you learn with material you’re passionate about. This allows you to maintain the focus needed to learn a language while you’re also enjoying the learning process.

I’ve personally found a great way to combine personal development (books/audios that allow you to improve yourself) with language learning.

The great concept that really makes this combination a perfect one is that you need to read/listen many times to personal development material if you really want to improve your life, and guess what?

You need to listen many times to the same thing if you want to learn a language naturally and with the method I use.

I noticed that by doing this, my life completely changed… For example, back when I started learning English, I simply started to listen to an audiobook about how to overcome a fear I had, and I listened to it for 20 times while commuting to school/work…

Without knowing it at the time, I was doing the best thing I could do to modify my subconscious mind filling it with the knowledge and ideas needed to overcome that fear!

By doing that I was able to listen to many hours of audios with huge focus! Why?

Very simple! Because I was hugely interested in the content and I wanted to improve my life by overcoming that fear!

If you get this concept, it can really revolutionize your life as it is doing for me.

Instead of listening to a Harry Potter book, for example, why not try to listen to something that can get you further in life? =)

N.B. Nothing wrong with listening to Harry Potter, but the outcome if you try what I’m proposing here is completely different, and you’ll attract into your life more interesting people thanks to the things you’re learning about who you are and how you work.

Moreover, you can find many many audios and videos on YouTube talking about this subject! Some of them in French, some of them in English, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian etc…

The only problem for Italian, for example, was that there weren’t many interesting resources. And if they were there, the audio was fast and difficult to understand. That’s why I decided to create Italiano Automatico on January 2013.

The Importance of Being Healthy

I could write a book about this, but now let’s talk a bit about health.

I’ve been pursuing a healthier life since I started the process of personal development 2 years ago. It all started with some books… I got to know and understand things that I didn’t even notice before.

I do suggest you start reading books like “The China Study”, “The PH Miracle”, “Spark!”, “Sugar Blues”, so that you can decide by yourself what you want to do with your diet.

To keep it simple for you, it all starts with basic concepts like:

  • Drink 3-4 liter of water per day
  • Breath properly (set 2-3 sessions of 5 minutes to breath deeply)
  • Chew better and longer
  • Add more vegetables/fruits/seeds to your diet
  • The less processed food you eat, the better it is for you
  • Exercise (include some form of exercise you enjoy into your life)

As you see, these are all easy things to do. And the difference in 3-5-10-20 years is HUGE.

At this point I must quote a great business philosopher: “The things that are easy to do, are also easy not to do.” -Jim Rohn

As always, the choice is yours 😉

I wish you the best life you can live!


6 thoughts on “Languages and Personal Development – Interview with Alberto Arrighini”

  1. Brittany Richardson-Don

    Great post! Alberto’s emphasis on learning through materials you’re passionate about – and his motivation for creating Italiano Automatico – is the same thing that led me and my team to create

    We offer authentic news, music, and videos for Spanish, English, Dutch, German, and French – no Italian yet! – so I look forward to using Italiano Automatico to prepare for my May trip to Sicily! Yay!

    Ps. Nice blog. I’ll be back 🙂

  2. Fun interview guys, thanks. I’m in fact studying Italian at the moment (not too disciplined though). I’d never seen your site Alberto so I’m looking forward to exploring it! Great timing.

    1. That’s great Jared, how long have you been learning Italian for? I think Alberto’s blog and YouTube channel are fantastic resources to learn the language. He’ll even be translating Lingholic articles to Italian in the future, so I’m looking forward myself to check it out and perhaps get a bit of practice in Italian 🙂

      1. I really haven’t done much, just listen to some Pimsleur recordings over the last couple years, however with my Spanish and Portuguese background, the Italian is quite similar.

        That’s cool he’ll be translating your articles!

  3. Very interesting! Thank you Alberto. I also recently started studying Italian, and although I can understand and say a few things (I speak Catalan and Spanish) I’ve never actually studied it. This summer I’ll be in Italy and I want to make sure I can communicate 🙂

  4. Alberto is amazing. Seeing how many people he inspires (myself inclusive) at his young age is impressive. I wish you all the best! Johan (Français Authentique)

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