30 Days of Indie Travel Project Day 17: “ PASSION – It’s easy to be passionate about travel, but does that passion permeate the rest of your life? : To Read the blog in Italian click here
How does my passion for traveling and the love for another country translate into my everyday life? Well let’s see. How’s this? I’m so passionate about Italy and the language that I am crazy enough to write a flipping blog in Italian! I am a graphic designer, who not only loves to work with photographs and images, but who is enthralled with the art of words…specifically Italian words.
Over the past couple of years, I have done just about everything to get my head wrapped around the Italian language and stay connected to the country which I have adopted. There have been countless self teaching guides, grammar books and audio CDs. I frequent evening classes, watch Italian movies and read Italian books. I skype in Italian with friends and even welcomed a young girl from Puglia into our home last year, so that we could share cultural experiences. I take part in on-line language forums attend Meetup groups in my area to connect with other language learners. I comb on-line news feeds and blogs about Italy. I tweet in Italian…and I write this blog in Italian.
For every language learner there comes a time when you hit the proverbial wall. At first, the language learning curve seems to go from 0 to 60 in only a couple of seconds…like an Italian sports car. Right away a beginner is spouting foreign words and easy catch phrases. But then after a while, it all just slows down to a turtle’s crawl and the student struggles to remember complicated grammar rules, when to use the conjunctive tense or how the heck to use the words “ci” or “ne“. To overcome my road block I knew that I needed some kind of total immersion experience. But with a family and a graphic design business in San Francisco, jumping ship and flying off to Florence, just wasn’t an option. Just ask the family!
So, in January of 2010 the idea came to me of writing a blog in Italian. In that way I thought to immerse myself and force my brain to think continuously in the language, with the hope that it would become more intuitive. So using the blog and twitter I am increasing my vocabulary, reinforcing grammar and chasing after pesky little prepositions. Sure I make errors, but as they say: “Sbagliando, si impara” : You must make mistakes in order to learn. There are so many wonderful people who have stopped by the blog to help me with the language. I also hear frequently from language learners like myself who are encouraged by the blog to keep on going with their studies.
The point is, everyday we can’t always be out there traveling the world, immersing ourselves in other languages and cultures. But that is no excuse not to keep exploring and learning. With today’s technologies, if we really want to, we can continue to follow our passions by making the world come to us and vice versa. The internet is a beautiful thing. Even if I can’t live in Italy, I can travel there everyday riding on cyber waves.