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Communicating with the Culture

In The Art of Travel, 3. Communicating, Florence by Marirose AleardiLeave a Comment

One of the first assignments I had upon arriving in Florence forced me to contemplate this topic. Before getting started with Italian class, all students were required to read Dianne Hales’s “Mother Tongue.” The passage reflects how language evolves to become a part of a society. The way we speak entails so much more than words and sentence structure; it …

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In The Art of Travel, 3. Communicating, Florence by Andrew Cohen1 Comment

Part of me wishes that I saved last weeks story for this week. Much of what I had to say about language I expressed in last weeks piece. Although, I have found myself making strides since that encounter asking for a bus stop. When I wrote that piece, I had a sincere belief that my Italian would  become stagnant. Florence …

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Parli Inglese?

In The Art of Travel, 3. Communicating, Florence by AnnieLeave a Comment

After spending the weekend in Venice with two close friends, one of whom is in this class (Hey Marirose!) I feel that I have fully mastered the Italian accent. I’ve taken pride in being the one friend that has a sufficient understanding of the language after having taken Italian 1 last semester. Whenever my group of friends is lost or …

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Scusca, No Italiano!

In The Art of Travel, 3. Communicating, Florence by Tia1 Comment

I will come right out and say it now – I have taken being a native English speaker in an English speaking country for granted.  Growing up in Canada in a fourth-generation Canadian family, English was naturally my first language, and French my second.  No matter where I went in the country, I could communicate, or at the very least, …

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Befriending Florence

In The Art of Travel, 2. Getting oriented, Florence by Tia1 Comment

Feeling lost and being lost are very different experiences. As the resident ‘mom’ of every friend group I have ever had, I am always deferred to as the navigator and/or Google Maps operator. “You have your life together,” people tell me with a laugh, as I lead them to the grocery store and back again, cook for myself, read a …

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Ciao di Nuovo (Hello Again)

In The Art of Travel, 1: Awakenings, Florence by Annie1 Comment

I write this as I sit in my living room after an excruciating headache has made me open up my computer to distract the many thoughts zooming through my brain. The packing list is long, and after sorting through my belongings, I’ve reached the conclusion that I cannot eliminate anything. All of my belongings seem important enough to accompany me to …

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Tap In

In The Art of Travel Fall 2017, 14. Tips, Florence, Places by sabeena1 Comment

Florence, Italy is not an authentic Italian experience unless you make it one. I certainly wish I knew the diversity of Florence before coming, that’s certainly something I did not know much about and NYU wasn’t super clear about. I do wish I did a homestay sometimes, but I am not obsessed with Italian culture or set on being an …