I am far, oh so far from being fluent in Italian. I blame my slow progress on the fact that I work for a British company, so everyday I speak English with guests, and the staff in the office, I write emails in English and do everything in English. Bel ragazzo and other Italians tell me I should try and think in Italian rather then English. Can anyone tell me how to do this? When I think in Italian, I am actually thinking in English, telling myself to think in Italian and then I start to think simple things for a while (as I speak like a simpleton in Italian.) I can think to myself that it is a nice day in Italian but then my mind starts to wonder back into English as this is natural. I cannot force myself to think in Italian - yet.
I have also heard that you are apparently fluent in a language once you dream in the foreign tongue. I for one rarely remember my dreams...once my head hits the pillow I am out like a light for normally 10 hours (I love to sleep!) I do recall one dream I had a while back when I woke thinking perhaps I had turned fluent in my sleep as I had spoken Italian in my dream. Ok..ok so in the dream I was in a classroom learning Italian so perhaps that is not what they mean by dreaming in Italian
I do think I had a break through 2 days ago, as whilst writing in English I was thinking of the word THE and low and behold when I looked at the computer I had written LA! I was so happy as this is the first time my brain has subconsciously written a word in Italian, when I wasn't even thinking about it.