I've decided to brush up on my Italian.
I know the basics and I understand better than I speak, but I'm disappointed that I don't know more. The funny thing is I took Italian classes all throughout elementary school and even took a summer course in Italy in grade 11. My summer trip ended up teaching me more about lax European drinking laws than how to communicate. Sidenote: my parents do not find this amusing.
Even in Venice this past summer I would make fun of my best friend, who just added an 'o' to every word and said it with an Italian accent, hoping it would make sense. For example: to ask for a garbage she would say, "Garbagio?" Needless to say, the puzzled looks we got were endless.
So I recently purchased Let's Talk Italian, a complete 8 CD audio learning course. For under $15 (there was a 30% promotion going on) I can spice up my morning commute.
My favourite word thus far is PERICOLO which means danger. Sidenote: This is no way to imply that I am a dangerous or bad driver.
Now this may sound ridiculous to some, and may warrant some teasing from my Italian friends but sooner or later I'll be sitting here.
So try something new and expand yourself or keep drinking that "haterade." 1
1- Okay now that was inspired by Jersey Shore which is not a real depiction of Italian people at all, but trashy reality television entertainment that should not be taken for more than what it is: trashy reality television entertainment.