Teach Yourself Italian


For a writer, a foreign language is a new kind of adventure.

For those of us who have struggled to learn a second language, one writer confesses her unwavering dedication on the arduous road to mastering Italian, a wish that has ruled her heart for years…

Exile

My relationship with Italian takes place in exile, in a state of separation.

Every language belongs to a specific place. It can migrate, it can spread. But usually it’s tied to a geographical territory, a country. Italian belongs mainly to Italy, and I live on another continent, where one does not readily encounter it.

Read more at The New Yorker.

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