[TI] Italian Language

Sharon R. Reif sreif1956 at comcast.net
Tue Jul 28 17:34:25 EEST 2009


There is an Italian group that meets here in Oak Brook at the Panera Bread once each month.  I saw an article about them in the Tribune.  I have not met with them as of yet, but, just as your group, they speak Italian at all levels. My goal is to join them  sometime in the future.  Forcing myself to do this will make it easier to speak fluently, or at least enough to get by. 

I have the Rosetta Stone Italian program, but have not picked it up for months.  Too busy lately.  However, I found it to be good for conversation.  I also took a beginner course at the DuPage Community College a few years back.  Don't really remember a lot since I did not keep it up, except for one phrase:  I have the hunger of a wolf....Ho una fame da lupo.  Gee, I wonder why I remembered that phrase?????  Because I like to eat??? 

Sharon Reif 

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----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Thomas Corso, PhD" <tcorso at lecom.edu> 
To: terminiimerese at comunesofitaly.org 
Sent: Tuesday, July 28, 2009 7:15:27 AM GMT -06:00 Central America 
Subject: [TI]  Italian Language 

I have just joined an Italian language group here in Erie, PA.  It is 
really cool, a mix of native speakers and "wanabees" like myself get 
together every week for an hour to drink coffee, have a sandwich and 
speak Italian.  I am now up to about a 12 word vocabulary and working 
hard to improve that. (Although I am now starting to get pretty good at 
translating the TI documents).  My wife (who actually speaks fluent 
French) just bought me an 8 disk/16 lesson set by Pimsler (sp?), on sale 
for $10 at Boarders (list on the box was $50).  Its pretty good (I'm up 
to lesson 4 and can now introduce myself to a young Signorina at the 
airport :)).  Does anyone have experience with others?  I want a set 
that can be listened to in the car.  That's the only time I am likely to 
actually use the disks.  I have tried other "immersion" methods in the 
past such as Berliz back in the 80's and they didn't really work for me. 
I need a set that has English "coaching" within the lessons. 


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