I’m writing this yesterday. It should get published automatically as, hopefully, this morning I’ll be having a lie in.
Yesterday (Tuesday) evening we rented a car and drove through the night from London Heathrow to the beautiful, but distant, part of Britain where my parents live.
My goodness, if I had driven that far from home base in Bologna, I could be in Croatia, or Slovenia, or Austria, or Switzerland, or Germany, or France…
But instead here we are, right at the south-west tip of England, nearest large city three hours back that way.
And it’s probably raining but, hey, I’ll just roll over and sleep a little more…
As for the rest of you, many thanks to everyone who commented on Monday’s article:
There are some great ideas there, so do take a look.
Click the link above and scroll down to the foot of the article to read the comments.
And it’s not too late to add one of your own, if you have some insights or experiences to share.
Or reply to what someone else has written…
Bene, as for today, I have another set of conversation prompts for you.
This one is on ‘Personaggi famosi‘, which always makes for an interesting conversation.
Did I mention I was at school with Princess Dianna?
No? Funny, I always tell my students (you should see their ears prick up!)
Actually, I wasn’t. I just make it up, to get a conversation going, then confess later. But it works really well!
Also, and this one is true, there was the time when the captain of our local football/soccer club (a Brazilian, I think), brought his then girlfriend in to sign up for an Italian course.
She was beautiful, as you’d imagine, balanced on designer high-heeled sandals and carrying one of those handbag dogs, decorated with ribbons.
The football/soccer captain had excellent Italian, but also passable English, as he demonstrated while we were waiting for his partner and her pet to score zero on the Italian placement test.
Encounters with famous people are one good topic for an Italian conversation lesson but if gossip isn’t your thing, there are plenty of alternatives.
Just pick a topic, find someone to practice with, and off you go!
Or if you’re a hermit, or have taken a vow of silence, you could just practice silently on your own.