Saturday, January 20, 2018

THE LANGUAGE LEARNING TRILOGY - I don't claim to be an A-student....

I'm looking so much forward going to Brazil next month: Two weeks Portuguese at a school in Rio de Janeiro including living like a teenage exchange student with a family.

bye:myself - Renata Green - byemyselftravels: GNAM Roma - Sala delle Colonne / Alfredo Pirri: Passi
Learning abroad means not exclusively increasing command of a language; it allows you to learn and grow and look at
things from a different perspective.
Here during my first language course in Rome on a visit to the GNAM - Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Moderna:
Standing on "Passi" by Alfredo Pirri, consisting of a huge broken mirror on the floor
 of the Sala delle Colonne, the entrance hall.

On this occasion I'd like to look back at my previous language classes that took place in Italy and Turkey - and share some precious, fun and a bit quirky stories with you:

bye:myself - Renata Green - byemyselftravels: Language Learning Trilogy: Rome
Part One: ROME
bye:myself - Renata Green - byemyselftravels: Language Learning Trilogy: Izmir
Part Two: IZMIR
bye:myself - Renata Green - byemyselftravels: Language Learning Trilogy: Milan
Part Three: MILAN













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Wondering why I've chosen this motive? Well, it's a sculpture by Pietro Canonica, who died in 1959 in Rome. A museum at the Villa Borghese is showing his vast work - Canonica in his time made busts and statues of many great men e. g. a equestrian stuatue of Mustafa Kemal Pascha aka AtatΓΌrk standing in Izmir.
I like how Italy and Turkey are united in Pietro Canonica's naturalistic work.







49 comments:

  1. That is so exciting! I hope you have an amazing experience in Brazil!!!

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    1. Thank you, Rachel - or: obrigada, as they say... I hope it won't be too exciting, though 😳

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  2. Wow, congrats on the move! Learning a new language is HARD! I have so much respect for adults who are able to learn and speak another language fluently since I have failed so many times haha.

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    1. Thank you, Megan, actually I'm used to it since I did it a couple of times. What can I say - it's working.

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  3. Hope you enjoy Brazil and write amazing stories about it - in Portuguese and English! :)

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    1. Ok, Honey, so I'll do my best to write amazingly - and I can promise to write them in halfway decent English; regarding the Portuguese - we'll see ;-)

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  4. Senior exchange student sounds like so much fun. I would love to see Brazil from the lens of a host family instead of the insulate cocoon of a hotel. You'll not only see authentic Brazil but hear (and understand) it in native Portuguese. How cool is that.

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    1. Yes, guys, I only hope that the guest family will be more outgoing than the lady in Rome - literally outgoing as in leaving the house - and far more chatty than the lady in Izmir - and everything should be fine.

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  5. Congrats on the move! Love hearing about new places. I need to do some traveling...

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    1. Thank you, Courtney - I intend to keep you guys informed ❤

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  6. I was an exchange student in high school. This is a really cool adventure! Glad I found it :)

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  7. How great to travel all over the world to learn languages! Enjoy Brazil and your home stay!

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    1. Thank you, I hope this time the hosts will be....normal.😏

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  8. I feel like Portuguese would be a difficult language to learn, so good on you! I'm still working on Spanish...

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    1. I find Spanish the easiest language to learn - Portuguese is a b.... for the pronunciation - I sound horrible, I hear it and cannot change it. 😫

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  9. Ahh I missed out going to Brazil when I was in South America but it's still on the cards, I picked up Spanish while traveling there but I would like to learn some Portuguese before I go Brazil, looking forward to reading how it goes for you :D

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    1. I'm already practicing a bit and I'm fluent in Spanish and Italian, so that helps a lot understanding; but speaking....I'll keep you informed how I manage

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  10. This sounds like such a fun expereince. I've never been to Rio de Jeneiro but have heard so many wonderful things. My husband lived in Brazil and loved the friendly people :)

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    1. Thank you, Candy, that makes me feel better. I am a little nervous, but since he loved it, I'm sure I will, too.

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  11. Congratulations & all the best. Language learning is one way of soaking in the native culture of the language speakers. Some nuances of the culture can only be seen through language nuances.

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    1. Absolutely - learning a language, you embrace the entire culture. I'll stay four weeks in total so I hope to speak it really good ☺

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  12. Such an amazing opportunity. Brazil is one of my top favorites to visit. I hope you have a wonderful experience absorbed in the culture as well as achieving learning the language.

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    1. Thank you so much for your friendly words! 😍

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  13. Wow, this will be an awesome experience! I can't wait to read about it. I wish I could learn other languages but I'm stuck with just good old English for now! :D

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    1. I think that the fact that everybody speaks English is quite an obstacle for you guys.

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  14. Such a great idea to incorporate language learning into your travels! (And probably a lot easier than trying to learn it with online courses and books from overseas...) best of luck and enjoy Brazil.

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    1. Thank you, Carrie. I believe that you have to be surrounded by the culture and listen and speak a language day by day to really become fluent; so....thanx for your good wished, I appreciate it.

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  15. Great place to learn a language! I'm sure it will be a challenging and rewarding experience.

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    1. Yes, I also think that it will be a mix. I'm definitely leaving my comfort zone here....

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  16. Learning a language is hard, but learning by diving right in is the best way, they see! Good luck on your quest to learn Portuguese!

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    1. I totally agree: you have to be surrounded by the culture and listen and speak a language day by day to become really fluent.

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  17. You are going to fall in love with Portuguese. It is such an easy language and it is simply music to the ears :) Learning a language like this is the best option... you will know common idioms and it will be easier to converse. Good luck!!

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    1. I agree on the idioms and conversation part, but I find it's super-hard to pronounce, I find I sound like an idiot. Hope this will change once I'm there.

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  18. It is so important to learn the local language before visiting a country where English is not the primary language. All the best for your classes. I am sure it will come handy in your travels.

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    1. Hear, hear. For years I kept travelling to countries where I speak the language. Going to Asia for the first time was really irritating at first.

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  19. What better way to learn a language than diving into a school in the country. That way after classes you are forced to continue as you go find food, meet friends, or whatever in the area. I love this. May have to consider it for Spanish as I struggle to really have it connect and become permanent since after classes I just go back to english in my every day life. Enjoy your 2 weeks in Brazil!

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    1. Thanx, Eric, actually I'm staying four weeks. Rio is just the beginning. Eventually I'll do a little road trip further south.

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  20. I was an exchange student when I was younger, and it's hands down one of the best experiences in my life. How cool that they have a "senior" exchange program!! I am so excited for you - not only will you learn the language, but you'll get to see the city through the eyes of a local. Have so much fun!
    -Malini

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    1. Thank you so much, Malini. It's amazing that when you do something like this, you actually feel like 15 all over again - as if nothing has changed. It's great!

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  22. Great. All the best to you and enjoy your time. You are a language girl.

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    1. Thanx, Varsha - what can I say, I definitely am πŸ‘©‍πŸŽ“

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  23. I'm 37 and currently in Mexico half trying to learn Spanish and it's difficult! I need to really commit and focus. My family is from Mexico so it's important I learn it, plus it would be really useful!

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    1. I find Spanish is really easy - hardly any exceptions, everything is regular etc. I love the Spanish they speak in Mexico - it's so clear and beautiful and they don't mumble away. Te deseo coraje - ya vas a ver que no es tan dificil - haz lo para la patria 🀩

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  24. That will be such an incredible experience in Rio! By the way, I thought that the mirror photo was of you laying down in some unusual hostel with a mirrored wall before I read the caption. Haha!

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    1. 🀣🀣🀣 Nope, I was standing at a museum. But it's really irritating to have a mirror on the floor (and even walking on it), we are not used to it at all - only walls and ceilings, but on the floor it really gives you a whole different perspective.

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  25. How fun! Immersion in another country is definitely the best way to pick up a new language. Good luck on your studies!

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    1. Absolutely - and it's so motivating when you can try what you've learned right away...and it works! They actually do understand you - yeyi!

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  26. Wow!! Congratulations for your new beginning in Brazil. Learning new language is exciting. Wish you great luck! Brazil is a great place to travel too. Hope you have a good time.

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