Yesterday, I linked to Flavia Lozano’s blog, which is about Flavia’s experience studying abroad in Italy. As I said in my comment yesterday, I’ve always been interested in traveling to different parts of the world. Getting to see a glimpse of what is out there is very inspiring.
I am currently studying French as a freshmen in college, but would love to get the opportunity to travel to France and actually experience the language rather than learn the language.
As Flavia expresses in her most recent blog post, living in Italy has been quite the experience for her. To her surprise, the Italians actually speak English, and quite often respond in English. Yet what she says at the end is what’s important.
If your plan is to actually learn italian, my only tip is: get away from the Americans. Or the Brazilians. Or the people that come from your country. Immerse yourself in this new culture and absorb every bit of it, you’ll be an almost-native in no time (because, let’s get real, you’ll never dress as well as an Italian).
This speaks volumes to me, because I have a genuine interest in the French language and culture, but have only learned it from an American perspective. I often find myself thinking “man, it must be difficult for French people to learn French,” only to realize that it’s their native language, and they don’t actually have to think about what they’re saying.
Immersing myself in their culture and learning their language would provide so much greater opportunities than what I have now in America. My French teacher is great (she lived in French for a few years and can attest to the differences) but I still want to experience the French language for myself. Don’t forget the culture, too.
For now, I can learn about Italy, their language and culture through the eyes of Flavia and her blog, but getting the chance to actually experience it would be amazing. If you share the same interest that I do, I would certainly give her blog a follow, and do whatever you can to experience a new language, rather than learn it. Hopefully someday I can too.