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Posted on Aug 17, 2010 | 4 comments

I get a fair amount of questioning about “what it takes” to make a move here, etc. I have no magic formula and all I can say is that it’s not as easy as it looks, or rather, expect there to be tough times you have to persevere through. There’s not a magic wand that makes life instantly livable anywhere and when you’re so outside your comfort zone and culture, it’s silly to think everything will fall into place instantly. However, if there’s one big piece of advice I give anyone, it’s LEARN THE LANGUAGE! Can you get by without doing so? Yes, and I see people here (just as you see people anywhere) get by with almost no Italian every day, but you’re closing yourself off. How can you engage with your environment if you can’t engage meaningfully with the people? Now, that’s not to say it’s not hard and it’s not to say you won’t make a fool of yourself, but I think it’s the most important thing you can do. On the flip side of the coin, everyone can learn to be a bit more patient with someone who is not a native speaker (and I’ve seen this happen anywhere in the world I’ve been). It’s easy to be on the other side and tease someone if you’ve never been in the situation where you’re uncomfortable in the language you’re communicating in, but just remember that it’s not easy and then ask yourself “How many languages do I speak?”

4 Comments

  1. I agree!

    Sto provando….

  2. Lo so!

  3. eek! I start Italian class a week from tomorrow – wish me luck!

  4. Good luck!

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