Italia – Not so far away now!

Ciao a tutti,

I can’t believe it’s now febbraio! Only 12 more days until we arrive back in la bella roma… after 5 months! It’s a bit scary to think that this could be one of the last times we will actually be able to afford to go back, considering New Zealand is a lot further away than being just here in London! So we will definitely have to make the most of it. And I will have to make the most of the opportunity that these 5 weeks will give me to learn more of this bella lingua I have learned to love.

Some of la famiglia

Some of la famiglia

At least this time in Italy will be more about la famiglia rather than the actual country, and I guess lucky for me, they don’t really speak much english. So I guess that is definitely handy as well, providing I can get out of my comfort zone, and not use Matteo like my english crutch that I normally do. I remember when I was last in Italy, I went a week before Matteo, so I could practise with the italian language, and I actually made a lot of progress. We managed to communicate, (I think largely to the help of google translate), but I was actually progressing, I could sit down and have semi conversations with everyone, and my listening skills were getting better, I was learning to understand what everyone was saying, even though it was a bit of a process of Italian -> translate to english -> decide what I want to say in english -> translate back to italian. I remember when Matteo and I first got together, he had the same problem with his english, now he thinks in english when he is with me, so no longer has this problem. It just seems like it takes a lot longer for me to understand and revise this way of thinking. And I don’t want to lose it when we do go to New Zealand, I think I will try to speak it more when I’m there, because I want to feel like I will have this secret language with Matteo, that no one else will really understand. But it will probably just come out sounding all wrong. 😦

I think one of my main problems is that I try very hard to listen to a conversation with la famiglia like on Skype or on the phone, I sometimes gather the general gist, but then end of getting lost in the conversation, which leads to me losing interest in trying, and then I give up. It feels like an ongoing cycle. Even when we are actually in Italy, I do the same thing, like sitting at the dinner table, trying to understand the conversations, then my brain hurts, so it decides to shut off, then I feel embarrassed if someone is trying to talk to me, and I’m lost in my little kiwi brain of mine, in a far of distance land, that isn’t anywhere near the vicinity that I am actually in that moment!

Let’s just hope in these next 12 days, when we are catching that plane to the airport in Rome, I manage to get some progress in this journey!

I will write again soon

A dopo

Anna x

Italia a domani!

Italy tomorrow…..

wow, I’m actually going back to Italy tomorrow. With poor language skills, and no one to translate for me. It shall definitely be an interesting ride.

First of all, I would like to thank everyone for their condolence messages, it is much appreciated! And means a lot!

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It will definitely be a rather strange trip to Italia, considering my reason for going early was to spend time with Mamma. But it will still be a nice week I am sure, one of Matteo’s cousins Carlotta will be free most of the week, so I can spend the time with her. Although she doesn’t speak english, and my italian skills are abysmal. Last time we were there, I could get the start of a sentence, miss the vital middle part but I would also know the end of the sentence. It was very frustrated. But I got my phone fixed, and have the trusty google translate app which is pretty hopeless. But hey, if I remember back 20months ago when Matteo and I got together, that was how he spoke english with me, with google translate, so lets hope it will work in reverse with italian!

Me and Carlotta! Who says you need the same language to be great friends! haha

Me and Carlotta! Who says you need the same language to be great friends! haha

I’m nearly all packed. I have packed mostly for Matteo because when he arrives the following Thursday he only has a carry on bag to take, as we plan to buy a second suitcase in italy to fill up with food on our way home. Although, my suitcase is mainly full of gifts, even more than in the pics below, as I got a couple more bottles of wine to give to the aunties and older cousins.

One side of my bag all packed!

One side of my bag all packed!

Am just hoping it doesn’t break in the luggage bay of the aeroplane! The presents are full of overpriced goodies from New Zealand, since I had to buy them from over here, I had to pay ridiculously inflated prices. Gosh I cannot wait until September next year when I can go back to New Zealand a fill up a suitcase with all the food that I miss! haha

It feels so weird to be going to Italy alone though, I can just imagine how my conversation will be when Zia Donatella e Carlotta pick me up. Maybe Gaia will be there too, we shall see! It will probably go like “ahhhhh ciao ciao” then the usual kisses of greeting, then I might be able to work out if they ask how my flight was, only because of that song that goes voooolllllaaaarrreeee! then I will reply with a bene bene, then a come stai? And then it was be Blank…. I will end of being a snob, because I have no more structure of sentences. Unless I say my italian is awful, or I feel stupid, because I worked out how to say those ones too! Oh and I missed you! So I guess it may be like a long 2 minutes of conversation before I go back to being like a child!

Now speaking of children, one piccolo person I CANNOT wait to see will be little Daniel! I have lots of presents for him, and learn so much playing with me (which makes me feel more of an idiota because my language ability is that of a 20month year old) but it will be great! He is the cutest little man in the whole wide world! haha

Piccolo Daniel! Photo credit: Carlotta

Piccolo Daniel!
Photo credit: Carlotta

At least I can hope in the fact that after a week of no one being able to translate for me, I must be able to pick up something! I’ve got my mango languages course on my phone, so I might just listen to that the whole flight, although I restarted the course again as it’s the same as the computer version, and it’s just basic things that I know, like “how are you, what’s your name, have a good day” which I guess is fine to re affirm, I just hope that it will start with useful things, like “can I have a glass of water” which I know eventually comes in the course, I just can’t remember what chapter!

I guess the best way to learn a language is to immerse yourself isn’t it? And while we were there for those 2 1/2 days for such an awful reason, I was forced to speak some italian, and while whenever I attempt to speak it in a group, I get it repeated 5 or 6 times with everyone giggling afterwards and saying che carina which is really quite a put off and makes me feel embarrassed, it did vastly improve. So with a full week without Matteo there to be a translator, it will have to improve!  I think my biggest hindrance to myself is that I’m a bit embarrassed to speak. It’s not that I don’t understand, it’s that I just feel silly speaking the language.

So it should be a great ragazze settimana or girls week! haha! I’ve even got a pohutakawa or New Zealand christmas tree to attempt to grow in Italy! So they can have a little bit of me with them all the time! haha or a little bit of New Zealand!

a New Zealand christmas tree

a New Zealand christmas tree

Well I hope everyone has been having a good summer!

I am sure I will be writing a lot now that I will actually BE in Italy for a whole 4 WEEKS!!! AHHHHHHHHH!

 

 

Ciao a tutti!

Scrive a presto!

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xxx

Anna

 

Quando una stella muore

Quando una stella muore

Ciao a tutti,

So I was having a bit of a play around with soundcloud this evening. So here is me practising my italian singing with quando una stella muore by giorgia!

There are plenty of mistakes, but I think it sounds alright for a first try right?

 

un bacio

Anna

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All or Nothing – tutto o niente

Ciao a tutti,

I’ve been having a bit of a struggle lately with my italian, really just trying to get back into the habit of incorporating italian practise into every day life. I think the main problem for me, is I only have two speeds, all or nothing. And the problem is, when I give my all, like spend all my time learning italian, I want to use it all around me, at home, at school, when I’m with my one friend I actually have in london, and the problem is, they aren’t into it as much as I am. They aren’t excited about learning this bella lingua as I am. Why can’t everyone in the world just want to learn italian like me? Or really, just the people that are around me everyday.

At the moment, I think I’ve been filling my italian void with other things, I am quite a self professed nerd, and Game of Thrones addict. (maybe I should watch GoT with italian subtitles to help out my language learning) and have recently been spending a vast amount of money of something called Pop Vinyls. It’s basically a cheap collectable that looks something like this:

Hodor?!

Hodor?!

 

This is where all my current funds have been going too, although it got rather bad and Matteo had to sit me down and tell me I needed to stop, so now I can only spend half the money I have made on ebay selling extras I acquired. haha. But now that I’ve stopped being so addicted to collecting these little toys I’m trying to get back into this thing called italian!

Don’t get me wrong, I haven’t been doing absolutely no italian, when I’m out in public with Matteo I try to speak italian to him, so it’s like a secret language, and I have gotten myself known to the parents at school who are italian. (I lavoro as an admin assistant at a primary school and Children’s Centre) I’m pretty sure a few of them think that I can speak fluently, and I just try to wing it when they actually talk to me in fast italian, and I pretend I know what they’re saying. But still, to me I don’t feel like I’m getting very far.

In August I have two weeks off school during the summer holidays, so after chatting with Matteo who is currently already in Italy for a week (not fair!) I can go there without Matteo for a whole week to try to get a grips with this language. His family are all on board with me coming over to spend time with them for a week, that way I will have to speak the language, because I will have no Matteo there to be my english crutch. I am thinking I might do an intensive italian course while in roma, but mamma said I didn’t have to do it, that she was happy to show me round and spend time with me the whole time. But I guess that depends how much I can improve in the next 3 months. Because if I’m making no vast improvements, I will be spending a lot of time just using random words that probably won’t make much sense to get my point across. But I cannot wait! Because then I’ll come back to work for a week, and we will then be going back to Italy for 3 weeks in september! so I’m really hoping it will then make a difference for me with my language abilities!

Well I better get to doing some fast studying hey?!

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Ciao!

Anna

not trying actually works….

Ciao a tutti,

Mi scusi I have been a bit of a no show these past couple of weeks. I have been taking a break of actually trying to learn italian, and I was thinking about it this afternoon as I was walking to il stazione di treni and I came to the conclusion, I actually use italian in every day life. More than I could imagine.

From the little ciao bellissime at lavoro to the beautiful donne that are either madre di bambini or coworkers, to randomly getting asked to say something in italian to my colleagues, where I said lo vuoi un sapere un segreto (probably spelt ridiculously wrong, but I’m sure Matteo will get me to correct it later) only cos I actually knew how to say “do you want to know a secret” and they thought it was amazing, even though when they heard it through their ears, they actually had no idea what I was saying, they just went on to say “everything sounds better in italian”

To the emails I send to Matteo while sitting at the computer, which I ALWAYS write the first email in italian, even though it’s probably only like 5 or 6 lines wrong, if I ever accidentally sent it to someone else, it would be a secret language they wouldn’t understand.

It is amazing, that even though I haven’t actually studied recently, I am amazed at how much italian is already apart of my everyday life. And you know what…. that is pretty exciting!

I mean, you get down when you feel like you’re not getting anywhere with your studies, when you feel like you’ve hit a wall, but if I think back a year ago, even 6 months ago, my brain definitely wasn’t bilingual… but now, you know, it kinda is. Even if I’ve got a long way to go, my brain thinks in two different languages now….

When I see the days of the week written somewhere, I automatically translate them in my head into italian, then back to english, or now when I sing that beautiful Frozen song All’alba sorgero, the italian version of let it go, when I sing it in my head, I’m singing it IN italian! (which I may even film myself and put it on here, when I build up the courage/have the space to project my voice)

It is so encouraging, that after a couple of weeks of taking a break, I came to the conclusion, that it doesn’t matter anymore, I can still understand, think and speak italian, even if it’s not much, it’s not going to disappear anytime soon, it is apart of me now, and I’m not going to let go one bit!

A dopo!

Buona notte xx

Anna

random crow like bird.

random crow like bird.

 

My top 8 favourite places in Roma

Ciao a tutti! 

Now I love Roma, everything about roma makes me fall more in love with it everyday. So I thought I would share with y’all, my favourite places I love about Roma. Not in any particular order of favouritism…

 1.    Bocca della Verità

 Or as we are familiar in English, “The Mouth of Truth”  is an image carved from marble, (Pavonazzo marble to be exact),  located just before you walk into the cheisa or church of Santa Maria in Cosmedìn. It is thought to have been part of a first-century ancient Roman Fountain, or perhaps a manhole cover portraying one of several possible pagan gods, probably Oceanus (that big triton (think little mermaid’s dad) like dude that you see at the fontana di trevi). Although most romans believe that the bocca (mouth) represents the ancient god of the river tiber.

Although today the most famous characteristic of the Mouth is that of a lie detector. Legend says that if you place your hand in the mouth and were a liar, your hand would be bitten off. Other stories say that a priest was on the other side of the sculpture, and would chop your hand of with a axe or other sharp instrument if you were a known liar.

La Bocca della Verità was placed in the entrance of the Santa Maria in Cosmedìn, in the early 17th century.

Bocca della verità! Didn't lose my hand! woo hoo!  Photo Credit: Matteo Castellani

Bocca della verità! Didn’t lose my hand! woo hoo!
Photo Credit: Matteo Castellani

 

2. Colosseo

 Also known as the Colosseum, or Flavian Amphitheatre, it is such a beautiful piece of history, smack bang in the middle of roma, with a 12 euro charge to get through the gates it is worth it to re live the history of the colosseo, when you walk out into the viewing platforms you can’t help but image yourself there. (Although I know if I was there, I would probably be in the pit running away from the lions for my faith, luckily there is no actual proof of this though!) but it is just such a majestic experience to look upon real live history that you are WALKING ON.

Unfortunately a lot of the deterioration of the colosseo was due to a lot of the papal reigns, taking out pieces of floor to go into their halls, which are now in the Vatican museums. But still, it is nice to imagine. I reckon they should rebuild the colosseo back to original form, imagine reopening that thing! Obviously not for what it was used for 2000 years ago, but you could definitely do something with it, I mean they receive millions of vistors annual. They would already get over close to 12 million euro for just 1 million visitors in the year! It wouldn’t be hard!

il colosseo!  Photo credit: Me

il colosseo!
Photo credit: Me

View of one side of the colosseo! I think I really need to go back to get some nicer pics!

View of one side of the colosseo! I think I really need to go back to get some nicer pics!

3. Arcibasilica Papale di Giovanni in Laterano

 Also know as Papal Archbasilica of St. John Lateran, is my favourite chiesa in all of Roma, It even for me ranks about st. peter’s.

It is so beautiful for me because of the simplicity of the church. How there is nothing incredibly “showy” just simple and elegant. I love the 12 giant apostle statues, and tall walls.

The church stands over the remains of the lateran palace. Even becoming the residence of Pope St. Silvester I.

It also is the oldest cathedral and ranks first among the four papal basilicas or major basilicas of Rome.

And one of the cinctures for me, is that their souvenirs are like 50% cheaper at San Giovanni, than they are at the Vatican, even for the same item!

San Giovanni! Just as beautiful from the outside!

San Giovanni! Just as beautiful from the outside!

random crow like bird. Would really love to know what these birds are called! They seem to always be hanging outside San Giovanni!

random crow like bird. Would really love to know what these birds are called! They seem to always be hanging outside San Giovanni!

The entrance… yes I said entrance! A giantly massive entrance! Photo Credit: Matteo

The entrance… yes I said entrance! A giantly massive entrance! Photo Credit: Matteo

I'm busy being fascinated by the roof! Love the whole building! Photo Credit: Matteo

I’m busy being fascinated by the roof! Love the whole building!
Photo Credit: Matteo

Some of the beautiful ceilings of the church! Cannot get enough!

Some of the beautiful ceilings of the church! Cannot get enough!

 

    4. Bioparco di Roma

 Now, I for one love animals, I unfortunately currently do not own any, but as soon as I put roots down somewhere, it will be happening, I will get to have many animals, from my dream dog husky, to turtles and those little hamster things that cost 8 euro at the pet shop in Italy. I will own them all! But as this isn’t a discussion of all the animals that Anna’s wants, I bring you to the bioparco di roma, now I thought, hmmmm a zoo in Italy, I mean come on, I’ve been to Australia Zoo, so I have seen a zoo before, but I absolutely loved it. I would even quietly say I loved it more than Australia Zoo.

The bioparco di roma was conceived in 1908 to hold exotic animal specials for exhibition. Unlike other zoos at the time which mainly worked for scientific criteria, this zoo was designed for the entertainment and amusement of people. It was not established as a bioparco until 1998. Honestly… not really sure of the difference between a zoo and a bio park, because it just seemed like a zoo. But hey. Oh well! Haha

I loved it, they had these crazy mini monkeys that were so tiny and adorable and super quick, you had to be fast to catch a glimpse. They had these giant size hamsters, or guinea pig type animals, but they were BIG! You would need a rather large cage to keep one of them as a pet. They had the beautiful lynx and leopard. Even a kangaroo! Along with a whole bunch of glorious other animals! And when Matteo and I went in December 2012, they had a Christmas special on, where it was 2 for the price of one, so we both got in for like 8 euros each. If we were in Australia we would have been paying like $120 + for the both of us! I was really stoked! I loved the bioparco di roma so much!

I felt like I was seeing that dude from the lion king when I spotted this guy!

I felt like I was seeing that dude from the lion king when I spotted this guy!

What did I tell you!? Giant hamsters!

What did I tell you!? Giant hamsters!

just laxing with the Cheetah!  Photo Credit: Matteo

just laxing with the Cheetah!
Photo Credit: Matteo

My favourite animal of all in the bioparco! The Lynx or in italian lince!

My favourite animal of all in the bioparco! The Lynx or in italian lince!

Cutest little meerkats in all the world!

Cutest little meerkats in all the world!

5. Fontana di trevi

Now if you want a perfect view of the trevi fountain, do not go during the day, but stay up late, and go at around midnight or just after. You avoid the mass crowds, and enjoy breathtaking views of the fountain lit up to the nines. It really feels as though you’ll the only ones there even if there are a small handful of people along with agitating rose sellers around.

Unfortunately I can’t guarantee your wish will come true, since over 4000 euro a day goes into that fountain, no wonder the gypsies come out when no one is around and empties the fountain!

There is a beautiful legend surround the fountain… it is said that in 19 BC thirsty Roman soldiers were guided by a young girl to a source of pure water thirteen kilometers from the city of Rome. The discovery of the source led Augustus to commission the construction of a twenty-two kilometre aqueduct leading into the city, which was named Aqua Virgo, or Virgin Waters, in honor of the legendary young girl. The aqueduct served the hot Baths of Agrippa, and Rome, for over four hundred years.

Cool hey!

Fontana di trevi

Fontana di trevi

love birds alla fontana di trevi

love birds alla fontana di trevi

 

  6. Piazza San Pietro

Or St. Peter’s Square is something that all tourists to Italy need to see. It was the first place Matteo ever took me, and reflecting back on that day of December 12th 2012, it is a day I will never forget, because he knew how much it meant for me to see the Vatican City. One for me being a Catholic, the pope is obviously a very important part of our lives. So for me to finally see something I had only ever seen on tv or in pictures was such an experience. And then to be able to WALK into that! … I don’t even have the words to describe the feelings. I was talking to Matteo about it yesterday and I had tears running down my cheeks, because he wasn’t to know that something like taking me to the St. Peter’s square would end up being something so important to me, especially because he took me there first. Above any other tourist destination that was the first place we went. With all the saints watching over us from above, to San Pietro looming over us, to a four thousand year old Egyptian obeslik at the centre square. It was all just so amazing and over whelming and arrrrh, I can’t put to words. Definitely something that everyone needs to experience.

The Apostle Peter? I think, in the piazza!

The Apostle Peter? I think, in the piazza!

St. Peter's Square on a rather drizzly december 2012 day!

St. Peter’s Square on a rather drizzly december 2012 day!

7. Pincio

Otherwise known as Pincian hill, is a hill in the northeast quadrant of the historical centre of Rome. It is outside the original boundaries of the ancient city of Rome and is not one of the Seven Hills of Rome but does like within the wall built by Roman Emperor Aurelian between 270 and 273.

The views of Rome from pincio are just breathtaking, with a direct view overlooking piazza del popolo it is just stunning. You can see views of everything, from the parliament buildings to the Vatican.

Just watch out for the annoying rose sellers! They sure are hecklers!

Enjoying the view of piazza del popolo  Photo Credit: Matteo

Enjoying the view of piazza del popolo
Photo Credit: Matteo

View of palazzo del popolo

View of palazzo del popolo

8. musei vaticani

Now I would definitely recommend when seeing the Vatican museums do a guided tour, because you learn so much. I can’t recall who I did my tour with back when, but it made such a difference for my understanding of all the items, especially the Sistine chapel. I never realised that the Medici family and the Florentines played such a big part in the artistry and paintings of those that Michelangelo and others painted in the Sistine chapel. Next time you go and see the Sistine Chapel, look carefully at the images, and you will notice certain characters in Florentine outfits of the time of the paintings, never looking towards Jesus, always looking away, because they weren’t to interesting in him. It was just amazing learning all those things. And thank the Japanese for not being allowed to take photographs; they own the copyright until 2030 on the Sistine chapel paintings!

I loved the musei vaticani though; each hall was so different, from seeing tapestries that nuns hand weaved, to giant paintings of maps of different areas of Italy, to just beautiful realistic paintings! It was such an experience. One I would definitely do again. I don’t even think I saw everything, and I was nearly there for the whole day. I ended up taking a tour, but one of those girls advertising just along the road, then the tour guide was telling us about each hallway we were going through, although they were leaving after the Sistine chapel, so I made the decision to stay on, I handed back my headset and went to explore some more. I spent hours upon hours there. It was just so beautiful, and so amazing, and every hall so different to reflect the different personalities of the popes. Definitely a big high light!

And if you’re on a budget and don’t want to do a tour, although I do highly recommend you do, the Vatican Museums are free on the last Sunday of each month. But be prepared to line up for hours!!!

Beautiful artworks

Beautiful artworks

Hand sewed by nuns! Stunning!

Hand sewed by nuns! Stunning!

No, it's not a sculpture on the roof… its a 3D painting!!!

No, it’s not a sculpture on the roof… its a 3D painting!!!

I could not stop staring at the roofs of some of the halls. They were better looking than some of the walls.

I could not stop staring at the roofs of some of the halls. They were better looking than some of the walls.

la bella mappa di italia

la bella mappa di italia

More sexy roof work!

More sexy roof work!

Casual angel, playing his old school guitar

Casual angel, playing his old school guitar

Got to love the madonna with child always!

Got to love the madonna with child always!

Another funky painting I came across… I have enough photos of the museum to make a 200page book!

Another funky painting I came across… I have enough photos of the museum to make a 200page book!

Another madonna and child! I just love how beautiful all images of our lady are!

Another madonna and child! I just love how beautiful all images of our lady are!

The spiral staircase I had to go down to make my way out of the museum!

The spiral staircase I had to go down to make my way out of the museum!

 

Hope you enjoyed my 8 favourite spots! I’m sure make sure to find 8 more favourite spots next time I go to italia!! 🙂

Ciao amici!

 

Anna x

Not understanding a language that surrounds you can make you really depressed

Buonasera miei amici,

È vero (it’s true) when you are in a foreign country it can get very frustrating when you can’t understand thing going on around you. I so WISH and DREAM I could understand the things that are coming out of everyones melodic mouth over here. And I am really trying, but just somethings it feels as though you have hit a brick wall, with no where to go. And let me tell you, il mio bello ragazzo is no help at all. Every time I build up my courage to say the small sentences I can actually say that make sense for everyone to understand me, it is HORRIBLE when he is around, because he here’s me say it and then goes on to ripetere exactly what I have said in his version of my voice. It really makes me want to crawl into a grotto and hide and never resurface. He doesn’t understand how much courage it actually takes me to build that sentence in my head, the amount of thought process it actually takes to get there to begin with, when I can feel my heart pounding in my chest, my worrying that I might not actually be understood, only to then here in repeating in the high pitched girly voice of Matteo mocking me. He is lucky, he can speak both languages… he can switch like its nothing. A year ago he couldn’t do it. But now he is pretty much perfect at the mongrel languages we call english. I desire so much to be able to communicate with his family, to be able to have a full on conversation with nonna, or to have a laugh with mamma. 

I really enjoy when I have those small breakthroughs with the language, that may seem like to nothing to the ordinary Joe Blog, but to me it feels as though I am walking in the clouds. When I say things to Lucky, like Batti il cinque and he actually gives me a High Five! Or when I say come fa leone to Daniel and he replies with a ROAAAAAAAAR! Although that’s a dog, and a 14 month old. But I guess it is still progress. 

And the understanding is getting there, I just wish there was a switch in my head, where I could block out the english and just understand italian. I mean when we were hanging with Matteo’s amici just two days past, they did a run down of words like animals and fruits where they would say them in italian and I would tell them what they were in english. I have enough vocabulary, just forming that DAMN sentence! ARRRRRRRRHHHHH!

To which everyone replies piano piano piano….. But I want it NOW! I don’t want it to slowly happen! I had to have a bit of a giggle when Matteo’s aunty Paola came to visit yesterday (nonna and her 3 daughters all live in the same apartment complex, just on different floors, or those mamma is living with his while her apartment is being renovated) and she was telling Matteo that it annoys her that I can’t speak italian, and that he should speak to me in italian all the time so I can start to understand the italian structure properly. I replied with an anche io me too. Because I understood what she was saying. Why is learning a new language as an adult never easy? Why is it sooooo frustrating!!!?

It’s not fair…. Now I love Disney! Disney movies are my favourite, so as a way to try to improve the minuscule amount of italian I do know, I have started youtubing videos of disney movie songs. Because I love to sing, I spent 7 years doing singing lessons, and singing for weddings and funerals and in church, so I figure lets use this gift I have to incorporate my language learning. And I know the songs well enough in english anyway, so learning them in italian and already knowing the translation should speed up the learning process right? Oh I hope so! I even started watching la sirenetta (the little mermaid) I was so impressed that they managed to have sebastian with a Jamaican accent even though he is speaking italian! That is AWESOME! I am trying to wait for Frozen to come out on dvd here in Italy, I have seen it quite a few times already and they have a principessa Anna (clearly named after me) so I am longing to see it in italian to be able to watch it over and over again in the hope that at some point it will begin to make sense.

Well rant over!

Buona notte a tutti

This is what my brain looks like when attempting italian!

This is what my brain looks like when attempting italian!

Ciao

Anna