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Offline himtoo

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we have started taking italian lessons
« on: 06 December 2017, 09:36:01 AM »

with all our spare time ( haha -- don't know how I had time to go to work )


Di and I have started taking private Italian lessons. ( 7 so far )


progress is quite slow but we are both enjoying it.


so far we can ask names , ask where are people from , ask where do they live , ask how old they are , ask what they do for a living
and some simple chat in a bar


( I know -- it don't sound like much , but trust me their language is a proper minefield !! ) ;D 
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Re: we have started taking italian lessons
« Reply #1 on: 06 December 2017, 10:12:38 AM »
So to motivate... you'll have to reward yourselves with an Italian holiday once you are capable of conversing with the locals! :)
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Re: we have started taking italian lessons
« Reply #2 on: 06 December 2017, 11:42:03 AM »
Hee Hee.. I think Paul already does, several times a year!

Funny, I took to Spanish like a duck to water... much easier than French although J disagrees with me.  When we were in Italy we got by with my Spanish and his Latin.  Had some curious conversations, but I totally understood the guy trying to tell us how to cook a rabbit.

Hope you and Di enjoy learning.
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Re: we have started taking italian lessons
« Reply #3 on: 06 December 2017, 01:06:57 PM »
I did French at school and later holidaying in Almeria, one had to have a go and learn certain words as supermarkets weren't the norm from shopkeepers in order to get by - food names and terminology were learned from menus too.  We hired a car so learned associated words for use when driving.  There with sis and family, ruddy great sign up on the main road before major roadworks headed up 'Ministeria de Obras Publicas' - hah! Ministry of Public Works - we all understand that!  Even 4 yo Andrew was telling my sis to 'mind out for the obras, mummy!'  Then I took a nightschool course, after which I did understand the grammar a bit more but once you learn one romantic language, none of it is rocket science cos you understand the terminology - 'cases' of verbs etc.

Sis and I didn't have any trouble in Italy, well prior to the Spanish holidays - and apparently there's always Google Translate on your mobile phone, for lazy folk!  LOL
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Re: we have started taking italian lessons
« Reply #4 on: 06 December 2017, 10:27:33 PM »
himtoo - I am happy for you and your wife to be brave and learn a new language.  Somewhere I read that stimulating our brain by learning a new language is the best way to stay young.  Good luck to you both.

I would be totally lost in a foreign country as I know only one language unless you count ASL (American Sign Language).  When I went to school it was only the really smart students that were offered a chance to learn either Spanish or German and I guess they thought I wasn't smart enough.
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Re: we have started taking italian lessons
« Reply #5 on: 06 December 2017, 11:52:03 PM »
haha -- we have been to italy 3 times this year ( and  been going a couple of times per year for the last 17 years
( it is difficult to find an italian tutor near us )

I was lucky and found a lovely -native italian tutor --- transplanted from Umbria and living 30 minutes away from us here in north wales.
she is PROPER italian --has a go at me all the time ( I love her for it though ) for my pronunciation
yet when she speaks in english -- she speaksa  bitta lika thissa ( i always just smile to myself )
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Re: we have started taking italian lessons
« Reply #6 on: 07 December 2017, 08:28:21 AM »
Just start warbling 'Just one Cornetto, give eet to me...' and when she objects and says it's really 'O sole mio..' tell her why!  LOL
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Re: we have started taking italian lessons
« Reply #7 on: 07 December 2017, 08:40:37 AM »
Just start warbling 'Just one Cornetto, give eet to me...' and when she objects and says it's really 'O sole mio..' tell her why!  LOL
great plan -- Love it !!
T1 Dia Aug 1972 -pumping omnipod since 29/09/15  Losartan 100mg , simvastatin 40mg,Furosemide 40mg, Omeprazole 80mg , Doxazosin 8mg
Hba1c - 06/2013 6.1 02/2014 43(6.1) 07/14 42(6.0) 08/14 40( 5.8 ) 12/14 39 (5.7) 08/15 41 ( 5.9) 10/15 44 ( 6.2 ) 03/16 49 (6.6)
cholesterol --nov 2011 4.3 june 2012 4.4 June 2013 4.1 Feb 2014 4.1 dec 14 4.5 oct 15 4.4
Dafne grad. necrobiosis lipoidica on legs
laser treatment on both eyes 2002 and 2012, injections left eye 3 , wearing Noctura mask since oct 2014

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Re: we have started taking italian lessons
« Reply #8 on: 07 December 2017, 12:18:34 PM »
One of my friends is married to an Italian man.  He was born in Rome but came over here in his late teens.  They have been married for 45 years and together nearly 50.  He still speaks lika thatta.

Talking of pronunciation and accents....   Many years ago I  signed up for a full time French course paid for by British Airways.  5 weeks at Slough College with a whole load of crew some of whom had THE most outrageous sense of humour.  At the end we were sent on a trip to Paris.  Some of us decided that rather than catch the 05.40 flight, we'd go after we finished college the day before and have a night out in Paris.  Julian came with us.  Once settled in the hotel we all went off to sample the night life of Montmartre.  One lad, a lovely gay bloke called Alan, insisted on talking to everyone on the metro - unfortunately his French was pronounced with a very thick Northern accent.  The rest of us were in hoots because the locals were responding with answers to questions quite different to those he'd actually asked.  We unwisely stayed out until the small hours, and had to be at Charles de Gaulle for 7.30 the next day to meet the rest of the class.  From where they transported us directly to Air France Safety and Equipment training school and expected us to conduct an evacuation in French and talk knowledgeably about fire extinguishers also in French.  I was trying to hide in the back row, nursing a sore head, but I got picked to explain our very complicated rostering system... to be honest it would have been hard to explain even in English as the logic was so dense.


After that we went to a restaurant near the Champs Elysee where our French became more fluent in direct relationship to the amount of wine consumed!  Such fun!
Patti


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