I’ve been trying to learn Italian for a while now, and admittedly, quite lazy about it. I started off by just doing Rosetta Stone CD’s and escalated to private lessons and then going to public school 3 times a week.
The problem is that I teach English. In some small ways teaching has actually increased my basic Italian vocabulary, but I speak English all day and now most of my friends are English speaking too.
Some have suggested I start to watch Italian TV to learn faster. Clearly they must be joking unless they secretly like to watch 20-year old episodes of Columbo and Relic Hunter! The other choices on the dial are football matches, variety shows from the 1950’s, political panel discussions or cheesy game shows.
The cheesy game shows are the best of all. Usually there is some gorgeous girl in a tight fitting dress and super high heels, oozing sex appeal. They have little intermissions as well with yet more scantily clad dancers gyrating to the beat in satin shorts, which have obviously come back in style. If I’d only known, I would have held onto my white satin shorts with pink velvet piping on the sides and white roller skates with bright red wheels. (I have a photo to prove it! But will not be publishing it anytime soon)
In any case, since my mother in law has been out of town for a few weeks, I decided on a quiet night of TV. But – no such luck. We have 5 remote controls and although I like to think of myself as pretty technically savvy, I couldn’t figure out how to get the TV turned on. (Insert all the blond jokes you want here) In my defence, knowing of my boundless selection of Italian programmes, I hardly bothered with the effort for more than 5 minutes and then poured myself a glass of Vermentino and read another book…in English of course.
But don’t worry. September is only a few months away and I have already added Italian public school to my agenda.