Hello Beautiful Kitchen

14 Oct

I have begun a new project: learning to speak Italian (as if I don’t already have enough going on in my life). I just can’t resist. I have wanted to learn Italian for many, many years. I have a minor amount of Italian heritage from my maternal side of the family, but even if I didn’t I’d still want to learn to speak Italian. It sounds so beautiful; even the silliest of sentences sounds like poetry. I read a book over the summer called, Eat Pray Love, and the woman in the book learned to speak Italian and she even moved to Italy for a few months. Side note: the book was way better than the movie. And it pains me to say that because I am a big Julia Roberts fan. Anyways… where was I going with this, oh yes, the book- the woman who learned Italian had a favorite saying. The saying was, “attraversiamo”, and it means: Let’s cross over (as in crossing a street). Do you hear how beautiful this language is? (ahhh, swoon.)

I would love to take an Italian language course, but that’s not an option for me right now. My next three semesters are already fully loaded, so I’m kind of taking this project on myself (very slowly). I read Italian grammar lessons from a book a few times a week, and I have a friend who is fluent in Italian (and French, and obviously English too) to help out me out on occasion. She is an amazing tutor and so patient with me. I assumed I would pick this language up quickly because it is similar to Spanish. I learned the Spanish alphabet in less than a week. However, Italian is proving to be a bit more difficult … I’m still learning the alphabet and it’s been two weeks (okay three!) I am not fluent in Spanish either, but I’m pretty decent and still actively learning it too.

Like all the things in my life, learning Italian will be a work in progress. I may never get it just right, but I can sure as heck try. So far I’ve taught myself to say: Attraversiamo (Let’s cross over), Come ti chiami? (What is your name?) Mi chiamo Flea (My name is Flea or I call myself Flea). I can also say: Ciao bella cucina (Hello beautiful kitchen). The latter is my tutor’s favorite.

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