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My first brush with Italian was in the form of the directions in music, such as forte (loud), crescendo (getting louder) and allegro (fast). In 1988 I decided to have a go at learning the language and got myself a Linguaphone Italian course. Unfortunately I never got past the first few lessons due to laziness and lack of self discipline and motivation.

In 2002 I had taught myself some more Italian using the book Colloquial Italian in preparation for a trip to Sicily. I learnt enough to have basic conversations and to read the language a bit. This knowledge proved very handy in Sicily, where some of the people I met spoke little or no English.

I hope to learn more Italian one of these days and would like to explore other parts of Italy.


Il mio primo impatto con la ligua italiana è stato con lo studio della musica, con parole come forte, crescendo e allegro. Nel 1988 decisi di provare a imparare la lingua e mi procurai un corso audio di italiano. Sfortunatamente non sono mai riuscito a superare le prime lezioni, per colpa di una certa pigrizia e della mancanza di autodisciplina e motivazione.

Nel 2002 ho ricominciato a studiare un po' di italiano usando il libro Colloquial Italian, in preparazione di un mio viaggio in Sicilia. Ho imparato abbastanza per avere brevi conversazioni e leggere un po' la vostra lingua. Questa conoscenza si è rivelata molto utile in Sicilia, dove alcune delle persone che ho incontrato parlavano poco o per niente l'inglese.

Spero di imparare ancora dell'italiano uno di questi gironi, e mi piacerebbe visitare altre parti d'Italia.

Translated into Italian by Riccardo Cristiani

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