Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Despair

thy name is Italiano.

(and I'm sure I did not use that word correctly)

I just got done with a 2 hour Italian session and my brain is fried. My husband is amazingly patient with what seems to be an insurmountable wall of my not understanding the language. He dutifully corrects my butchered words and reminds me again and again of seemingly simple words I cannot remember - such as "tra" and "piu".

Intellectually, I know these things just take practice and time. I know that while I am studying regularly, I have not done it so intensively that I should expect to know and understand Italian well. But gosh, it is so frustrating. What is wrong with my brain?

It's been a long time since I studied anything. Maybe I should get some of those memory enhancing supplements? *sigh* Will I ever get it?



more later...

4 comments :

JennDZ said...

Oh boy can I RELATE to this!!!

I study Italian about everyday - but over the Easter holiday I was a bit lazy. But I swear it seems there is just so much I don't get!

Are you taking lessons or is your husband helping you? Roberto tried to teach me, but it was kinda a disaster because he is not a teacher. So I started studying on my own and it has gone much better!

Keep the faith! It has GOT to get better! :)

Cynthia Rae said...

I feel your pain! After MORE than two years of living in Italy I am still trying to learn. Of course I blame Danilo because he ALWAYS speaks English to me (hey, it couldn't be MY fault could it???).

I STILL get the word piu mixed up because it sounds like FEW (but really means more).

Good luck!
Cyn
ps. Happy belated Easter.... Buona pasqua!

avery said...

Oh me too! I totally relate to what you're going through. It's been a year and a half living here and my Italian is better but I make stupid mistakes all the time. Don't worry, there's nothing wrong with your brain, it's just a hard language.

Tracie B. said...

i'm so lost, are you over there or in texas?

girl you have GOT to be patient. if you're in italy, you'll catch on fast, as long as your guy isn't speaking english with you. if you're in the states still, puh-leez give yourself time.