first “real” day in ITALIA

ciao a tutti

well I finally had my first full day back in Italy, and it wasn’t very eventful… the joys of not having a car and having a fidanzato that hates public transport, meant we were at home for the day, but it was nice and relaxing, waking up around 10am, getting out of bed to enjoy un caffè, then I put on my workout gear and did 20-30minutes of running on the spot, sit ups, crunches, mountain climbs and press ups (I need to try and lose some pre wedding weight while I’m here haha), then after a beautiful lunch of pasta, I enjoyed an nice long afternoon nap!

After dinner, around 10pm, finally something was getting to happen! we got in the Bella piccola nera Matteo’s mothers old black mini, and went to the meeting spot to catch up with his amici, turns out it was very cold, two others arrived and we all decided we were going to go to their friends house that lives literally across the road from Matteo’s family block. so we went there and caught up with all the friends for about an hour. it was nice for me for once, because normally when I would go there it was difficult, because I would try to speak italian but as you know my italian is very limited, so after a short while I would run out of things to say, and get lost in the conversations because they’re speaking too quickly, but this time I was lucky, because the friends who came with us from London were there too, so it was much easier for me because they talked to me and I didn’t feel left out. I guess because the girlfriend of Christmas (my nickname for him because his last name is Natale), is also an outsider of the group because she didn’t go to primary school with them, so it was easier for her to chat to me, because she knows me better. so that was quite nice! but I do love Matteo’s friends. they do try to keep me engaged, and if they can’t, they put the tv in English for me usually! haha!

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The three Matteo's. or in italian they say “Tre Mattei”!

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Matteo ed io!

After a while, Matteo, Christmas, Anna (christmas’ girlfriend), Chiappa, Giorgia, Luca and I all went to the Lord Lichfield’s English pub in Rome, it’s the usual hanging spot to go for a drink when we come to Italy! it’s very english, while they don’t exactly speak English, they have pictures of the royals and famous english people all over the walls! it’s very cute! so we went there and enjoyed a drink, and some patate fritta , then made our way back home.

Now on the way back was where the interesting part of the night happened. we were sitting in the car, singing along to the girly music that Christmas had on his iPhone, when we got stopped by the carabinieri! all 5 of us that were in la macchina had to get out of the car and show them our IDs, which as I later found out was so they could check that we didn’t have a criminal record, because I thought it was very strange that they had to ask everyone for their drivers license or ID cards. good thing I decided to bring mine! then I was explaining to Luca what happens in New Zealand when we get pulled over and the policemen didn’t seem to happy about me speaking in English because they didn’t know what I was saying, so they wanted me to say what I was saying to Luca to them. which I did, I don’t think they understood me anyway! Then I asked them if I could take a photo of their car, and gosh did they get upset with me about it, no no no! that was a crime to take a photo of their car! oh my gosh! that is just very strange to me, I just wanted a photo to put up on here, or on Facebook! ahhhhh! then after a good 15 minutes of checking everything out we were finally able to driver the two minutes back home!

Now it’s nearly 3am, and I’m finally tired and ready to fall asleep!

buona notte!

Anna

Brutti articoli

Articoli, articoli, articoli! Something I always struggle with when it comes to my imparare l’italiano. I am forever forgetting which indefinito o definito goes with which word. Although oggi as I was sitting on the underground treno to make my way to lavoro I took my new Collins easy learning Italian Grammar & Practice libro with me, and Wow did I find some things to help me when it came to those horrid articoli that I so much dread. It gave me such great understanding and little hints and tricks I had never seen before in reading blogs and doing online italian languages courses. It just made so much sense to me after lettura it!

That the articolo definito masculine singular noun you get to use:

il with most nouns starting with a consonant                                                                                                                                           lo with nouns starting with z or s + another consonant, gn, pn, ps, x or y                                                                                                   l’ with all nouns starting with a vowel

Then for the masculine plural:

i with most nouns starting with a consonant                                                                                                                                             gli with nouns starting with z, s + another consonant, gn, pn, ps, x, or y as well as with nouns starting with a vowel

And the articolo definito for the feminine singular nouns are:

la with all nouns starting with a consonant                                                                                                                                               l’ with all nouns starting with a vowel

And for the plural with all nouns that start with both consonants or vowels is le

I thought this was such a handy piccolo excerpt to help me realise which definitive articles go with which nouns. Because that is definitely what I think I struggle with the most at the moment, as well as the adding a definite article with other words, but then in the grammar book it has a little page for that too! A truly handy little tool! 😀

I am just so innamorato with this bella lingua, and every time I am on my computer, I am always reading blogs, studying on duolingo which I love! I am always surprised with how much seems to be crammed inside the brain that I think doesn’t suck anything in. And reading great blogs, such as Cherhale.com with her iceberg project of delving into deeper italian, and then  http://learnitalianwithlucrezia.com who is just amazing! I’m starting from the very beginning of her blog, so it’s gonna take me a while to get to the latest page, but I don’t want to miss out on any of the amazing things she says!

I just hope that I will soon just soak up this bella lingua like a sponge, so by the time i get back to roma to see mia romana la famiglia I will be able to surprise them with everything I can parlare. I mean I would be very buono at having a conversation with a stranger. Ma la problema is mia romana la famiglia aren’t strangers. They are amazing, Mamma, Nonna e Sorella, if only I could communicate with them properly. I mean we managed to build a relationship without words, which is definitely a special type of relationship, its the art of communicating beyond words, although it is very frustrating. So I just so hope and dream for the day I get back to mia casa lontana di casa I can be such a big surprise for them them all. To be able to communicate to them, to Mamma e Nonna, I think it would make them so felici!

As Nelson Mandela says ❝If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his own language, that goes to his heart.

well that is enough for this evening.

La fine

A presto

Ciao Ciao

Anna x

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p.s… on a side note, the link to those blogs don’t seem to work if you click on them…. just copy and paste! Problema solved