I have to thank my parents for insisting that I take Latin as my foreign language when I was a freshman in high school. I didn’t realize how much it would help me. Honestly, two years of Latin and two years of Spanish helped my music skills, crossword skills,and travel skills.
I loved traveling in Italy. Italian is such a beautiful language. We lived with my grandparents in South Philadelphia for a couple of years after I was born. Later my grandparents came to live with us and often spoke Italian to each other. The few words I remember are related to the kitchen, cooking implements, food and counting.
This is not me!
I should also mention that I learned an occasional curse!
When we traveled in Italy with my mom and dad, we were pretty lucky because they could actually ask for directions and know where to go. We took a crash course in Italian offered by our local adult education school. I found that I read the language much better than I could speak it. I loved the word Uscita. It means exit. I never learned this kind of Italian, thank God!