So much italian fries my brain


Amo questa bella lingua così tanto! Ma it just hurts my head so much from all this learning, i feel like my brain is frying! Is that normale? I guess I just want to understand it all so quickly and not have to do the hard work, but then I know the hard work is the most important foundation of lingua learning. I guess I will get it eventually, I just have to encourage myself to stick to it. I really want this, more than I have wanted something before. I want to surprise everyone back in italy with our much I’ve progressed, even being in an english country. I guess I really just need to believe in myself which is the main thing. I went on amazon this morning and purchased a dual language book of Le Avventure D’Alice Nel paese Della Miraviglie, e Le avventure di pinocchio. So hopefully that will improve my reading and pronunciation abilities.

Just had a big heart to heart with Matteo (il fidanzato) about language learning, because he had to do it from the opposite end, learn english from italian, and he said when he first met me and was having to speak english all the time he was always translating it from italian to english first, and it just always took so long, but then when he got here to london and started talking in english all the time and HAVING to actually speak it all the time, he started thinking it that language, so that cut out that whole long process of always having to translate in his head, he said his father said to him that you truly know a language when you start thinking in that language.                                                                                                                                                 But that when it comes to me I shouldn’t be so hard on myself when it comes to my language learning, that i should take it slowly and I will get there, and when we go back i should try and join in the conversations in la cucina con mamma e nonna! Which i shall definitely try to put into action when I get there! But as expatatbirth said to me in one of her comments, is that I should try to subconsciously pick it up as well, by having italian on in the background. I guess our brain is a wonderful thing with how the subconscious mind works. So I shall definitely start doing that. Domani will be my italiano grande giorno where after I go shopping in the morning to send some cake mixes to italy for mamma (since she can’t get Betty Crocker in Italy), I think I will do some exercises on duolingo, read some amazing blogs, listen subconsciously to gladiatori di roma and she if i pick anything up! 🙂 

Well it’s bedtime for me now! Got an early start in the morning!

Ciao tutti!

A Presto

Anna x


Ahhhhh selfie with the timer at il colosseo 



Italian Dreams

After staying up well past mezzonotte ieri notte. I had my prima italian dream! That had never occurred to me before, even after spending due mese being immersed in the culture and all things italiano. I think maybe with the staying up so late, and watching half of la tigre e la neve without subtitles, (I love the actor Roberto Benigni, I saw him prima in To Rome with love, he is amazing) the lingua must of been a bit mixed up in my brain. And suddenly I wake up to the realisation that I had just had my first dream in italian, not that I could understand much, with the struggling to always remember what i have learnt (anyone found an easier way?) But i was molto excited at the realisation that my dreams can actually be bilingual. Something that in my 25 anno I had never experienced before. 

I’m just hoping that as I am lentamente building a strong fondazione that it will all make perfetto sense. I just wish it was il più presto possibile!

Ciao per ora!

A presto

Anna x