So I am really not worthy of writing a blog anymore… I have poured far too much time into my job and trying to stay afloat with my children. The wisdom of my past has vanished with the reality of my present. It probably doesn’t really matter that I don’t blog as Vivian is my main supporter, and I have a great relationship where I can call her and just have a conversation. The other thing hanging over my head is the uncertainty of where our next city will be. There are many great contenders but, like all major decisions, each comes with a cost and benefit.
Nevertheless, I have been busy in my time away. My current obsession is in learning Italian. I just got back from Heidelberg, Germany where I did a 4 week rotation in German. My German was rusty to say the least, but at least I was able to express myself. Many colleagues asked me how I was still able to understand German after so many years of not being there. The answer, in truth, is when I am in Germany, I do not speak anything but German. I refuse to speak English entirely.
The problem, however, is that at home we speak Italian alongside of English. Thus, there is no drive to fully immerse myself into the language. I’m trying to change this by forced review using flashcards, auditory review in driving to and from work (a 45 minute each way course), and then practicing in small chunks with my kids. It is not working yet. I cannot express myself in Italian. I can understand it when others speak, but when I try to open my mouth the words are not there…
So, as Churchill once said (paraphrasing), “The great arguments are mounted by those that wish to do nothing…” well, I don’t wish to do nothing. I wish to travel to Italy with the gift of this language. I’ve been married nearly 12 years to an Italian — it’s about damn time…
– Create Anki Cards for spaced repetition to learn words
– Do a piece of Rosetta Stone Language Program each day
– Listen to native news.
Will check in at Christmas with progress/success/or failure.