I figured that since I was going to Italy I should learn Italian. So I got Rosetta Stone from our International Programs office and I learned how to say “The little boy plays with his Father!” and “The women swim” and “five eggs”. Stuff like that. Rosetta Stone is actually pretty amazing, but it’s intense. I kind of dropped the ball on that.
Recently Living Social ran a deal for LiveMocha. It was so cheap I jumped on it. LiveMocha is a bit like Rosetta Stone in its style of teaching. Instead of a bunch of words in English being translated into Italian, you learn by associating scenarios and pictures with Italian words. So far I really like it because I’m learning phrases that I’ll actually need to use right away. I’m also learning when, where, and with whom to use certain phrases.
I can now say:
Salve! Sono Americana! *Hello (informal)! I am an American.*
Buongiorno! My Chiama Gennifer! *Hello (formal)! My name is Jennifer*
I can also invite you out for coffee, ask what you do for a living, and where you live. However, I honestly can’t remember how to say that at this moment. LOL I’ll need to go back over that lesson.
Italian is actually a bit difficult. I took Spanish for over 6 years and got pretty good at that, and I actually think that’s making it hard for me to pronounce certain things in Italian. My tongue roll abilities are on point in Spanish, not so much in Italian. I’m hoping that overall I can get by with a charming smile and an app on my iPod when I’m in sticky language barrier situations. However, from what I hear a lot of people there speak English as well. Which while it may make my 4 months there easier, it’s a bit of a bummer because I need to be forced to speak the language.