Learning Italian

Mar 10, 2010 3:35:04 AM / by Rachel Reardon

Marco at computer - webGrowing up and spending my summers in Sicily did not help me perfect the Italian Language.

Throughout my childhood, I grew up speaking English as my primary language and Sicilian as my secondary language.

It wasn't until I made my first trip to Rome that I figured out how different the Sicilian dialect is from the standard Italian dialect. I found out very quickly that I was not able to communicate with the locals. As a matter of fact people looked at me like I was crazy when I tried to start a conversation.

I realized I had to scrap everything I knew about Sicilian and start from scratch to learn Italian. Since I started working at Mango Languages a year and a half ago, I began using the Mango Italian program. Using the program a few days a week, I have been able to perfect my Italian dialect, learn important grammar and cultural notes, speak formally and informally, and above all, I now have the confidence I need to communicate with native Italian speakers.

What foreign language have you always wanted to learn? I would love to hear your story!

Topics: Language Learning and Culture

Rachel Reardon

Written by Rachel Reardon

Rachel works with some of the coolest marketers, designers, and writers around to help Mango look and sound its best. She loves bold colors, old books, the Montréal metro, and Star Trek. She has conflicting feelings about the Oxford comma.

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