Category Archives: Language & culture

Vising a foreign country is fascinating because so much is different, especially small details of everyday life. Learning to communicate in a foreign language involves far more than just linguistic aspects, it involves understanding how people see their world.

Buying property in Italy, 2

Part 2  Official documents Perhaps you weren’t convinced by the sage advice offered in Part 1 of this series (“better to rent than buy”) and are looking seriously for a property in Italy. If so, you’ll need to begin learning … Continue reading

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Buying property in Italy

Part 1   Under the Tuscan Sun This is the first of a series of posts dealing with the purchase by North Americans of property in Italy. Italy has always been a very popular vacation destination for North Americans. Today, as … Continue reading

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Learning words in a foreign language

Many people believe that the most important thing you must do in order to learn a second or foreign language (FL)  is to learn a heap of new words.  As Steve Martin famously remarked “Boy, those French! They have a … Continue reading

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Life changing experiences

One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things. -Henry Miller I’m convinced that having fun is the primary reason most people travel to Europe. I think this applies to just about everyone – it’s not just girls … Continue reading

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How do you spell travel(l)ing?

I’ve discovered something you veteran blog writers have known for a long time:  it’s easy to write the first draft of a post but far more difficult and time consuming to produce a “final” (ha!) version. I already knew that writing is … Continue reading

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