8 Tips on Learning a New Language

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Do you know the age old adage of “You can’t teach an old dog new tricks?”, well I think that may be pretty accurate, lol; because learning a new language when younger soaks in so much easier. Since fully immersing myself in the Italian culture, I have had to relearn that patience is a virtue, especially when it comes to picking up a new language, as it doesn’t just happen overnight.

Growing up bi-lingual has been an extreme blessing for me. Not only has it helped me better communicate with my parents and family, but has also opened many doors for job opportunities as well throughout my life. If you are familiar with Italian and/or the Spanish language, you may know that they are very similar. They are, after all, both part of the 5 romance languages and of course they are…what’s more romantic than the sweet sound of the Italian language?

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How My Life Has Changed Since Moving Abroad

LaCasabloga-Trastevere4-July 13

If anyone would have told me a year ago that I would be living in Italy, I would have never believed them. Fast forward to today, and now 3 weeks have gone by since Jared and I have arrived to Rome, yet it still hasn’t hit me that I am living in Italy and I certainly can’t believe we have been here for a whole 3 weeks already. Where does the time go??

It was a little over a year ago that Jared and I came to visit Europe for the first time, can you guess that we instantly fell in love with it here? From the language, to the food, the culture, architecture, it’s no wonder its the 5th most visited country in the world-Italy has everything you want and more.

We are currently living in Rome, the capital and largest city of Italy with the largest population. We got really lucky with our first apartment here. It’s in a perfect location close to the Vatican Museum so we can pretty much walk anywhere from here without any problems. Normally our day to day here consists of a morning workout, getting some work done on the computer, and then venturing out later in the evening. We try to avoid going out between the hours of 12-4 because of the intense heat, so we tend to wait for it to cool down some before leaving the house. It works out as most businesses are often closed at this time anyway, which can last from 90 minutes to two hours. This is called riposo in Italy.

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