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Mi Scusi…. Dov’è…..? Prego!


Afraid to find yourself in Europe unable to understand the signs?  Ask for directions? Read the menu? Order a glass of wine?…  A cup of coffee?…  Truffles?…  A strawberry, banana, pistachio ice cream cone with whipped cream?  Count your change?…..   Mamma mia!  Un vero incubo!

Don’t worry!

Behold some words of wisdom via Lahiri’s bilingual book, In Other Words.

Here’s to everyone taking on a new language!

“Perché alla fine per imparare una lingua, per sentirsi legati a essa, bisogna avere un dialogo, per quanto infantile, per quanto imperfetto.”

For those of you not in Italian class, yet!:

“Because in the end to learn a language, to feel connected to it, you have to have a dialogue, however childlike, however imperfect.”

Don’t end up like this:



End up like this:



Very Funny French video!  If he can do it………You can too!

New Italian class beginning this Tuesday.  Check out the complete schedule of classes.  While you’re at it…might not be a bad idea to peruse the French and Spanish offerings.  Test the waters a bit!

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Chantal in Southern France

I had the recent opportunity to spend time at a friend’s house in Grasse, France.  It was such a great experience made better by Giulia’s French lessons!

Chantal en France

This is the view from their old farmhouse – looking down to the Mediterranean Sea and Cannes.  There were figs, passion fruit, kiwis, olives, and quince growing on the property.  There were also lemons, so we made ……

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Limoncello!  Which is really an Italian drink, but that’s okay 🙂 To the right of the bottles is a little blue bottle of cream.  There are all different types of cream, milk, yogurts, and whey products in France.  This package stays on the shelf until opened, which saves on space in the tiny refrigerators.  It was fun going to the local food stores and markets and buying like the French do!  I had many opportunities to try out my French in these places.

We visited the “perched village” of Tourettes.  Absolutely stunning.

Un petit village en France

The map of the city was put on tiles on the wall of the city.  I saw this in several of the cities we visited.


I could read (some!) of the menus.  It was fun to read them to my sister, who has no French experience.

Chantal & les ardoises!

The local markets were another great place to try out my French.


The South of France is beautiful.  It was a great trip enhanced by Giulia’s help with my learning of another language!


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