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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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Riccardo a Roma

Last year we, my wife Vikki and I, had the pleasure of visiting Rome.  And, I am happy to say that we are returning to Italy next month to see more.  Namely, Florence and Venice.  We will be consulting our ‘esperto’, Saverio Guidi, for his suggestions….no doubt terrific!  To really experience a different culture and foreign country…one must truly connect with the inhabitants!  They will not lead you to a tourist trap!  And do the Italians know about food?  Mangia!  Mangia!

Whatever my destination, I make sure I prepare with Giulia!  She is my expert guide to connecting to the basic language needs I have that allow me to better appreciate my travels in Italy and Spanish-speaking countries. And best of all, Giulia makes the learning experience enjoyable and fun.



Vikki and Riccardo’s favorite guide to the wonders of Rome: il papà  di Giulia.



Loved having some refreshments with Saverio in his art-filled apartment in Rome…a great host!



Il nonno di Barbara exhibiting one of her recent masterpieces delivered by Riccardo and Vikki.



Did you see the size of these tartufi??


By the way, please visit the Travelogue Page if you love tartufi and funghi in general!  There is a fabulous truffle festival in October in the Montefeltro region….  Start exploring lodging for an out of this world experience!  And come learn Italian……as no English is spoken here!

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Isabella in Sicily

Ciao Giulia,
Here are some pics from our trip and a short statement about how my Italian studies helped me.
Ci vediamo giovedì. Non vedo l’ora,

My husband and I recently visited Sicily with American friends who have a house there and have visited there 2 or 3 times a year for 9 years. They encouraged me to speak Italian to the locals because they say my accent and vocabulary are better than theirs.

Trapani, Italy

Trapani, Italy

In Trapani (where they harvest sea salt with windmills) I was able to ask for the local specialty of “Busiate con le sarde”.

“Busiate con le sarde”.

“Busiate con le sarde”.

I was able to read a sign advertising the “Infiorata” in Castelbuono and we got to go there and see it. The designs on the street are all made with flower petals.


I could even translate the difficult tenses in this phrase.



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