I've been learning Italian for the past 2 years, and I've reached a point where in the average sentence (in introductory material) I understand over half of the words. This usually allows me to understand the general gist of the sentence, but something still feels missing.
As an example, if I read the sentence (from here): "L'opera è il termine italiano di utilizzo internazionale per un genere teatrale e musicale in cui l'azione scenica è abbinata alla musica, al balletto e al canto."
The way my brain reads that is: "Opera is italian term use international for a genre theater and music in which scenic action happens with music, ballet, and singing."
in other words, it feels like I'm still "reading the words" and translating each word, rather than the entire sentence and comprehending the meaning from the sentence.
What I'd like to get to, is reading the above and getting to this on a first pass: "Opera is the italian word, used internationally, for a genre of theater and music in which the scenic action develops through music, ballet, and singing."
How do I go from word-for-word comprehension to sentence comprehension?