Things I Learned while Learning Italian

Recently I celebrated three years of officially studying Italian! And while I still feel like a baby on my language journey, I also know that linguistically, and more important, spiritually, I have come a long way. I never planned to learn Italian, despite having grown up with a grandfather who emigrated from Southern Italy when he…

Accidental Italian

The word storia, in Italian, means story. And also, history. Growing up, Italian was always part of my history, but never part of my story. Until, one day, a fire for learning the language unexpectedly sparked. Growing up in an Italian-American family, Italy was no big deal. The following was all quite normal: Sundays at…

Italian and Me: A History

Here’s what I want you to know about Italy and me: 1.  Growing up Italian-American, Italy was no big deal. 2.  The first time I visited Italy, I was interested but not impressed. 3.   Quite unintentionally, I took up learning Italian, which, to my great relief, distracted me to the point of healing from grief…