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3 Tips for learning Italian (or any language)

3 Tips for learning Italian (or any language)

July 08, 2011

I’ve shared my top 3 tips for learning languages on Dianne Hales’ wonderful blog, Becoming Italian Word by Word. If you’ve learned a language, do you agree with any of these tips? 

My Italy student exchange: 4 things I wish I’d known

My Italy student exchange: 4 things I wish I’d known

June 17, 2011

  Two decades ago this month, I was on the plane on my way back to Canada after a year abroad on an Italy student exchange program with AFS. I’ve since spent five of the last 20 years living and…

Five favorite books for travelers to Italy or Italophiles

Five favorite books for travelers to Italy or Italophiles

December 16, 2010

  The five recommendations below are all on my bookshelf. They are the ones I pick up frequently: the ones bookmarked with color-coded sticky flags, and the ones that I buy again and again as gifts for people.   For…

Meet the locals, but share your perspective, too

Meet the locals, but share your perspective, too

October 25, 2010

  Mingling with locals definitely brings a foreign destination to life, but there's one thing no local has: your perspective. They will never know that you love cobblestones unless you tell them.   When I was in high school, our…

A traveler’s guide to strikes in Italy

A traveler’s guide to strikes in Italy

August 10, 2010

I mentioned to my mom recently that I was relieved my clients were going to miss the scheduled national train strike. My mom, a very seasoned traveler who has actually been to Italy several times under my care, was completely…

Renting a car in Italy: should you or shouldn’t you?

Renting a car in Italy: should you or shouldn’t you?

July 13, 2010

[This is an excerpt from our Driving in Italy ebook, which you can download for free here. Having a car on your Italian vacation can be an expensive hassle, or it can be a means to more independence and a…

Five favorite Italian words

Five favorite Italian words

May 03, 2010

I was tagged by Melanie at the Italofile blog to write a post about five of my favorite Italian words, which I thought would be a lot of fun. So here they are, plus the reasons I picked them:    Via!…

Picnics in Italy

Picnics in Italy

April 23, 2010

The photo above was a picnic for about 20 people that we organized at a farmhouse in Tuscany. We just knocked on the door and asked the owners if we could use their back yard and it worked well. Picnicking…

Italian language learning tip: notice Italian signs

Italian language learning tip: notice Italian signs

February 05, 2010

Learning a new language is a bit like detective work at first. You can memorize the grammar rules and a list of vocabulary and practice your accent, but those things are only useful when implemented in communication. Once you’ve arrived…

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