Monika, our Polish EVS volunteer has spent almost a year in Italy and her knowledge of Italian has flourished.
Please find her story here:
I came across Italian language as a small girl during holidays at the seaside where in one of the stores I found a book to learn Italian. I got fascinated by language but never started studying it cause as typical for youngsters my fascination disappeared as quickly as it appeared.
Nevertheless, the idea of Italy, its culture and language stayed with me. I was reading about Italian history and I chose it as my dreamt destination.
Before leaving for volunteering program in Italy I found that book which I had bought as a little girl and took it with me to Milan. That’s how my adventure with Italian language started.
Just after arriving I signed for Italian classes with native speaking teachers. I can’t say how many times I wanted to give up as in the beginning I didn’t understand anything. I was almost crying and asking myself why I have chosen Italian as the language to study.
The most difficult aspect of Italian language for me is that there are a lot of ways to say the same thing using completely different words. It’s also quite difficult to understand Italian accent as depending from which region people are, they speak in completely different way using also words specific for the area they come from. But still I love the way Italian sounds, all the words and the beauty of its difficulty.
When I arrived in Italy, I couldn’t understand a word and now I am able to have simple conversation. It makes me so happy that I can understand more or less what is going on around me, that I can order coffee and food on my own. Italian language became my hobby, my way to spend free time and I hope that soon I will be able to say a bit more than just what I do or like. Keep your fingers crossed for me 🙂