September 25, 2012

My insistence

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Dinner was a bit rushed. I was a bit nervous.

The class was small and everyone there claimed expertise in other languages, except for me. Although, I do speak english rather well.

The teacher was fine, although I do wish he had placed a bit more emphasis on correct pronunciation. Perhaps that will come as the sessions move forward.

It seemed a bit here and there. Although, in retrospect, I did learn a few new things.

Io capisco.

By the end of the class my stomach was rumbling.

I had not finished a glass of wine with some almonds and walnuts. I had not eaten a bit of something sweet along with an espresso. These things did not happen in the rush.

 Two hours later. The air is cooler. I am glad for my sweater.

I'm starving.

How did it go.

Okay...I guess.

14 comments:

  1. I know how hard it can be to learn another language. I may already speak two languages (Italian and English) other than my own (Greek) but learning now how to speak Dutch, is very hard. Don't get discouraged, press on. You'll be speaking Italian in no time. Perhaps your husband can help you. He is Italian, isn't he?
    Good luck!

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    1. Magda, Roberto has been helping me along with Rosetta Stone. I know his parents, his father especially, will be thrilled when I can carry on a conversation with him in Italian over sunday supper. I've really buckled down and have finally made some progress. I get discouraged easily, though. But, like you said, press on!

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  2. Glad the difficult first class is over. You will be fluent before you know it. Those tomatoes look delicious. I am about to roast some. I think these might be the last of the harvest, the rest will have to make green tomato chutney.

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    1. I hope you are right. It would be nice to be fluent. Speaking of tomatoes I was wondering how roasted green ones might be.

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    2. Now, there is a thought. I did fry some when I was impatient for them to ripen and they were very good on a bacon sandwich.

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  3. The first class is always the hardest. Before you know it you'll be wondering why you were nervous.

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  4. Good for you for tackling another language!! Also, those tomatoes are beautiful. tomatoes are just awesome in every way, right?

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  5. Sei brava. Ho lo stesso strofinaccio. I think I need to go back to school too, my son will mock me mercilessly one day. I love the way tomatoes wrinkle when baked.

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    1. Ho comprato lo strofinaccio da Ikea...is that right?

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  6. I'm starting my French classes on Monday. I had registered for the 12:30 - 3:30 pm class but I was the only one. So now I will be going from 6 - 9 pm. It is only for two weeks but when I picked up the required books I almost started to hyperventilate. Uh oh. I hope I do as well as you...

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  7. I have Catalan discs on my kitchen table and I need to convert them to MP3s and start listening. I'm working on learning this and also improving my Spanish, and it feels so intimidating. But it's also a welcome challenge, you know? I was able to get by in Catalonia with conversational Spanish, but the next time I want to be fluent and be conversational in Catala.

    One thing that does help, I think, is watching foreign movies. Listening to the dialect over and over puts everything in context and has greatly helped with my listening comprehension.

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