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I did it again.

Yes. I did it again, although it was not as good as the first semester. So, we wrote the Italian test today and I left the second semester with 97 out of 100 points! YAY! I did it because of sibertater, I guess. He likes nerds. So he said.

Now, all I need to do is start using what I've learned. And this seems to be a pretty hard step.........



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coloradofather
Jul. 2nd, 2008 07:03 pm (UTC)
Dai, bello mio, parliamo in italiano... :-)
paterson_si
Jul. 2nd, 2008 09:01 pm (UTC)
Give me some more time, till I "fall in" and then there'll be no stopping me.

I guess this might happen sometimes in 2012....... :)
dendren
Jul. 2nd, 2008 07:08 pm (UTC)
sigh... I wish I would make myself take the time to learn another language or 2. I had many years of Spanish in school but that's iffy at best. I'd love to learn German or Italian but just don't ever get around to it.
paterson_si
Jul. 2nd, 2008 09:02 pm (UTC)
Skip German, plunge in Italian. :) Learning new language is big fun actually, I just need to break the ice of my self barriers called "don't look like a fool" :)
sibertater
Jul. 2nd, 2008 11:33 pm (UTC)
I'm with you on the Spanish. I think to be really good at it you need to be immersed in it. I wish I had learned when I was 2.
paterson_si
Jul. 3rd, 2008 05:10 am (UTC)
Yes.... the younger the better.... now - at times - I can experience some blocking of my brain. :)
dendren
Jul. 3rd, 2008 03:01 pm (UTC)
it's one of the things that the US is very deficient in... I suppose if each of the states had a different language we'd be more inclined to learn more.

All I know for sure as an American is that if someone speaks a different language you have to speak your English very LOUD and SLOW hehehehe (it's embarrassing how many times I've seen people do this... as if speaking louder will suddenly make everyone understand English LOL LOL )
sibertater
Jul. 3rd, 2008 04:00 pm (UTC)
AMEN! I used to see it all the time when I worked at an inner-city hospital.

Yes, you talking louder and slower helps...what are they deaf? Jesus.
dendren
Jul. 3rd, 2008 04:05 pm (UTC)
I have a friend that does it one worse... he actually affects a fake accent. When we go to Chinese, Italian or Mexican food he literally takes on a fake Chinese etc accent while still speaking English... he honestly believes that will help them understand him. It's mortifyingly embarrassing, I won't even go out with him to eat any more LOL He is in many ways the typical "ugly American" when dealing with anything foreign :P
sibertater
Jul. 3rd, 2008 04:07 pm (UTC)
Oh. My. God. You're a wise man to order in with him.

I'm sometimes inappropriate, but not to that point. I wait until they're away from the table to use my bad accent.
dendren
Jul. 3rd, 2008 04:37 pm (UTC)
hahahaha... of course, it's always appropriate *after* they leave ;)
olamina
Jul. 2nd, 2008 07:54 pm (UTC)
hard step? more trips to italy? sounds EASY to me! ;)
paterson_si
Jul. 2nd, 2008 09:00 pm (UTC)
Yes, I know, trips and all are not a problem at all. I guess it's all in my head. I would really love to feel a bit more confident in my Italian. I know it would be easier to just jump in and start swimming, but - it might also be my job - I would love to say a bit more than "how do you do" and "my name is Tomaž".

I think.

But.... I DO need to start somehow, I know.
olamina
Jul. 2nd, 2008 09:14 pm (UTC)
Get over it man! How do you think I felt when I got here and Grega's mother just started yapping away to me in Slovenian? I was sweating like an animal! But she just kept talking so I had to open my mouth and respond. There has got to be some overly chatty Italian available to talk to you at least once a week. I know a few just on the top of my head and my friend Petra from Primorska (living in LJU) lived in Milan for years and is fully fluent in Italian. If you want I could introduce you two???... 97 on your test, I can't believe you are shy! You got "skillz"!!
paterson_si
Jul. 2nd, 2008 09:17 pm (UTC)
Wow! You're tough! :)

I know I should go with the flow. I have a bunch of Italian friends who keep on asking me the dreaded question "So, when do we actually start talking in Italian". I guess this summer I'll just do it. And face some incompetence. It's about time, I think. LOL
olamina
Jul. 2nd, 2008 09:48 pm (UTC)
My friend once told me I should start a "Professional Butt-Kicking" Company. That's how tough I am.

But I am only tough on the people who I know are really smart, extraordinarily talented, and truly special. ;)
paterson_si
Jul. 2nd, 2008 09:50 pm (UTC)
So I am safe? :)
sibertater
Jul. 2nd, 2008 11:32 pm (UTC)
Yes. And eventually you'll have to help me translate stuff. It makes me hot.
paterson_si
Jul. 3rd, 2008 05:10 am (UTC)
And I might. Eventually. :)
vksi
Jul. 3rd, 2008 08:13 am (UTC)
Congratulations! You are really smart guy!
paterson_si
Jul. 3rd, 2008 08:49 am (UTC)
Maybe just hard working....... :)
mitjablazic
Jul. 3rd, 2008 10:05 am (UTC)
Congratulazioni!! Ma che ragazzo inteligente. Non solo bello, anche bravo. Ma dove li fanno gli uomini cosi??

Allora noi due da adesso parliamo in italiano. Che bello! Cosi non ci capisce quasi nessuno, e potremmo "gossipare" come vorremo. Hehe!

Un grande bacio e abbracio!
paterson_si
Jul. 3rd, 2008 11:04 am (UTC)
I think we'll stick to Slovene and English for a while longer :)
cuboz
Jul. 5th, 2008 12:09 pm (UTC)
Sydney has quite a large Italian population.... Actually, close by to me, Leichhardt is known as the suburb to go to for a taste of Italy.

It even has an "Italian Forum" shopping area... quite cosmopolitan. You cold come and try out your perfect Italian down here! :-)
paterson_si
Jul. 6th, 2008 10:59 pm (UTC)
I'd rather try some of my other skills :)

x
cuboz
Jul. 7th, 2008 02:24 am (UTC)
Whatever could you possibly mean? *raises eyebrows*

:-)

xxx
paterson_si
Jul. 7th, 2008 12:52 pm (UTC)
Oh..... it could mean many things :)
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