ciao da un'italiana ;)

12/17/2009 - 19:23

Hi everybody! I'm Laura and I'm a 19-year-old italian girl (almost 20). I decided to post just to congratulate those who hold the site, i think it's great and helpful! I discover it by chance, as I was looking for descriptions of italy written in english, and it helped me to get a good mark, so thanks :D Anyway, what I wanted to tell you is that if you're curious about Italy, italian culture, italian language or...I don't know, whatever, just ask me, I'd be glad to answer! ps. sorry for my english ;) ------------- Ciao a tutti! Sono Laura, ho diciannove anni (ancora per poco) e sono italiana. Ho deciso di postare un messaggio solo per dirvi che questo sito è veramente fatto bene, con molta cura! Sono capitata qui per caso, per una ricerca dataci all'università (e, per la ricerca, il sito mi è stato molto utile, grazie mille ;) Ad ogni modo, volevo dire che se avete bisogno di aiuto per qualcosa, se avete qualche curiosità o dubbi o non lo so, mi farebbe piacere rispondere! Ciaooo!

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 Ciao  Laura Lo so è imprudente fare un complimento a una donna in presenza di un'altra ma tua conoscenza della lingua inglese è eccellente. Dove sei adesso?

Ciao Laura, very happy to see also Italians - and students - joining this site.  We just try to update the Italy site with as many travel or cultural stories and daily news.  My English is neither great, but it helps me to keep in touch with community members and readers, something I like very much. Looking forward to hearing from you soon. I take the chance to ask you where do you live in Italy and what place would you advice to visit to people coming for the first time in Italy.  ....... (visto che sono italiana ne approfitto per scrivere anch'io qualcosa in Italiano sul community) Ciao,  mi fa molto piacere il community sia popolato anche da Italiani e da studenti! Il sito viene aggiornato ogni giorno con news e con itinerari per viaggi o con articoli sulla cultura italiana.  Nemmeno il mio inglese è eccellente, ma sono contenta di poterla usare per comunicare con i lettori e i membri di questo community. A presto, non vediamo l'ora di saperne di più su di te! A proposito, in che zona abiti in Italia? O quale posto consiglieresti di visitare a persone che vengono per la prima volta in Italia?

It is so wonderful to have a real Italian join us!  Not that I don't love these Brits but it will be fun hearing from you.  Different perspective, I believe.  I plan to move to Italy in about 2 years and I can't wait.  Will be visiting this summer.   Until then I can only dream B-)  Let us know what area you live in.  It is always interesting to hear opinions from Northerners and Southerners.  I live in the northwest of the US.  Too cold and too much snow for too many months.  Glad you found us, please stick around!

Hi everybody and thanks for welcoming me! :) Lots of you asked where I was from, well, I'm from Taranto, in Puglia, Southern Italy. It's a quite big city, I woudn't say it's one of the most beautiful italian cities but I love it, I love living here. My favourite place in Italy is Rome... ok, I know this could be a pretty obvious answer but that city charmed me. The first time I went there I was 9-10 I guess, and even if it was only for 2-3 days I sweared that Roma would have been the city I would move to, as soon as I could afford to go living on my own. Other cities I like are Florence and Naples! Puglia and Sardegna have the most beautiful sea in italy, I've been going to the beach every single day (from the end of May to the beginning of September) since I was born! Now, I got to go, there's a Christmas tree that needs to be decorated u.u Ciaooo!! ---------- Ciao a tutti e grazie per il benvenuto!! :) Allora, sono di Taranto, una città della Puglia, nel Sud d'Italia, non la più bella d'Italia, ma sono una tarantina orgogliosa delle sue origini! Quale posto consiglierei...mmm... ok, anche se può sembrare ovvio, quella che per me è la città più bella del mondo è Roma. Ci sono stata la prima volta verso i 9-10 anni e da allora ne sono rimasta incantata, mi ricordo che dovunque andassi io guardavo tutto con gli occhi spalancanti sognando che prima o poi sarei andata a viverci! Poi consiglio sicuramente Firenze e Napoli, altre due belle città. Per il mare, i posti migliori sono sicuramente la Puglia e la Sardegna, ed io, da buona pugliese, passo ogni giorno dalla fine di maggio ai primi di settembre a mare fin da quando sono piccolissima! Ora devo andare, c'è un albero di natale che aspetta solo me! -------- to Annec: Thanks and I guess there's nothing else you can do to make this site better it's really full of informations! a Jenta: Grazie e complimenti per il tuo italiano ;) Adesso sono a Taranto, passerò il Natale con la mia famiglia! Poi mi toccherà tornare a Lecce... una città vicina a Taranto in cui studio :( a Valentina: Ciao compatriota! Non pensavo di trovarci altri italiani qui ;) Beh, dimmi un po', di dove sei, siamo molto lontane? e tu come ci sei capitata su questo sito? Lo sai anche tu, fa davvero piacere vedere che esistono siti del genere tenuti da stranieri, sono commossa! ;_; to Leslie: Hi Leslie! Good luck, I hope you'll be successful in moving to Italy in a couple of years! Where would you like to move? So you don't like the weather there...mmmm... I live in Puglia, and I can't stand the weather here, viceversa I love cold weather and I envy you, I've never seen the snow!! :(

Oh I am so sorry you have never seen the snow.  It really is absolutely beautiful.  Sking is such a fun sport unless your knees are shot like mine.  But you know what they say, too much of a good thing is not so good!  We should trade places.  When I first started my researching for a new home, it was Roma!   But I really think I will focus further south.  Puglia sounds so exotic with those funny little roofed homes.  I've lived in four seasons most of my life except for a short time in southern California.  I am very attracted to warm weather mostly year round and if I need to be cold I can take a trip to Switzerland!!!!!   But back to my goal, Salerno sounds like a good possibility because of it's size and it is south.  When I visit again in June, hopefully I will be able to narrow my choices to just a few.  Enjoy your holidays and best to you in the New Year!

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Hi Leslie, I hope you make it to Italy soon. But when you get here and want to see snow you should try Italy first - you don't need to go to Switzerland. I live in the north west of Italy in the Valle d'Aosta, one of the smaller regions in Italy, and it is all mountains! Of course there is Monte Bianco, several good sized ski resorts and lots of smaller ones and endless ski touring. The jewel in the crown is probably the Gran Paradiso National Park which is stunning. The area has an interesting culture - a mix of Italian and French influence with a local dialect thrown in, the food is good - lots of mountain cheese, and lots of use of stone and wood in the local architecture making the villages attractive, if not the big towns. Pretty easy to get to from Turin or Milan. Then there's the rest of northern Italy, not to mention the Apennines ...

to piechart: Italian mountains have no secrets for you!  You are absolutely right, the Alps in Northen Italy offer the best of Italian ski resorts, mountain villages... not to mention Christmas Markets - Trentino Alto Adige is the place to go if you want to enjoy both the snow and the Christmas atmosphere... In the south there are some ski resorts, lesser known by the most but great as well - Gargano (Puglia), Etna (Sicily), Sila (Calabria) and Roccaraso (near L'Aquila in Abruzzo)... - the climate is milder than in the north and you should wait until January to see a good amount of snow. to Leslie: many many many thanks for your kind comment! The fact that you come from North-Western US really interests me, since I'm considering to visit it next spring. I would like to find a place from where I can easily reach Canada so that I could visit both countries in a two-weeks holiday..  to Laura: da dove vengo io? dal Profondo Sud...dalla Sicilia, una regione che apprezzo per molte cose: clima mite (anche se oggi non è proprio mite..), parchi naturali ed archeologici, gente calorosa e cibo straordinario! I come from southern Italy, SICILY which I appreciate for many things: mild climate (even if this morning is not exactly mild...), natural parks and archeological sites, friendly people and great food! Sono molto contenta che il sito di piaccia. Italy Magazine è il sito di un magazine online, come avrai notato dalle frequenti storie pubblicate su l'arte, la cultura e itinerari di viaggio e dalle news giornaliere. Le sezioni Accommodation e Holiday aiutano a programmare vacanze in Italia mentre l'Italian property section è una guida utile con molte case in vendita in Italia.. per non parlare della sezione Weddings in Italy, per chi sogna di sposarsi in Italia.. ora il mio discorso sta diventando un pò troppo promozionale, forse è meglio che mi fermi per non rischiare di annoiavi.. :P  Thanks for your kind comments about the website..  Italy Magazine is an online magazine with daily news and many stories about travel, arts and culture. It also helps to plan an holiday in Italy through the Accommodation and Holidays sections, or to help make a dream come true: a house in Italy or a Wedding in Italy... I failing to be too promotional I know, so it would be better to stop myself now... Comunque dovresti ringraziare Ronald che ha reso possibile a molti di incontrarsi su questa piattaforma virtuale ma anche nella realtà! ps: gli amministratori del community e del sito siamo io e Ronald.  But you should thank Ronald that made all of this possible! Without this online tool many expats and lovers of Italy couldn't have met in real life! ps:The Community and Website administrators are Ronald and me (  yes, that's true!, I'm an admin). Ti auguro un buon Natale e buone feste! Wish you a merry Christmas! ps: very happy about this Dual Language thread! che bello, questo thread sta diventando bilingue!

Valentina, So sorry for delay to respond!  I was off for 2 weeks and didn't even touch a computer the whole time.  I am certain you know 2 weeks will barely let you taste the two countries.  The US is so enormous with each region totally different both in scenery and people.  Canada is as well.  If you are interested in visiting large cities I would recommend hitting Seattle, Washington and then jumping over to Canada from there.  Seattle is great.  If you like the outdoors and scenery start in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho and just jump over the border to Canada.  Couer d'Alene is spectacular with majestic lakes etc.  Of course there is always starting in San Fancisco and large hop to Canada.  Given the time constraints I would go for Seattle or maybe even hit Portland Oregon, drive to Seattle and hit Vancouver Canadafrom there.  Oh Lord there are so many options!  I'm located in the center of Idaho and it is truly beautiful but I am so weary of shoveling snow.  There is alot of rain on the coast of Oregon and Washington but it is beautiful green and lush.  New England, as in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont is a marvelous entry into Canada.  New England is a lovely part of our country but totally different than the North West.  I lived there for 15 years.  But that is in the North East part of the US.  You would have easy access to Montreal or Quebec.  Gee, I could almost be a tour guide!!!!  If you narrow your field, let me know and I can give you whatever knowledge I might have of the area!!!  Have a great time whatever you decide on!

To Leslie: Yeah, I can only guess how beautiful snow could be. As valentina and piechart said, it's true that there's snow in Italy... but not in the south. I've never gone to Salerno but a friend of mine is from the city and she likes it a lot! And I guess it's a good choice, people from Campania are hilarious most of the time!! :D thanks, I hope you'll enjoy your holidays too! Marry Xmas and a happy new year!! To Valentina: Beh, non siamo molto distanti :) Non sono mai stata in Sicilia purtroppo ma sono sicura che mi troverei benissimo. Immagino che anche da voi in questi giorni si stia letteralmente crepando dal freddo... ma anche lì niente neve, vero? Non avevo capito che fossi un'admin, beh, allora complimenti anche a te, siete un'ottima squadra tu e Ronald! Buon Natale e buone feste!! ---- We're not so far then :) I've never been in Sicily but I'm sure I'd love it. I guess that in Sicily too the weather is damn cold these days, but as in Puglia there's no snow, isn't it? I didn't realise you were an admin! So congratulations, you and Ronald make a great team! Marry Xmas and a happy new year!! ps. yeah, i like the "Dual Language thread" too!! :D it's quite a mess, but I'd prefer to write both in italian and english everytime I post a message... is it ok? -- E' bello vedere un thread bilingue! :D Anche se è un po' un casino mi piacerebbe scrivere sia in italiano che in inglese quando lascio un messaggio, anche nelle altre sezioni... va bene?

Never seen the snow?! I guess you've never been in the Foggia Province where lie  Monte Volturino and other mountains belonging to the Apennines.  Anyway I've been more than once in the Etna mountain and really enjoyed the snow - never skied, I'm not able to.. Hope you'll go and see the snow this year!  ---- Peccato che tu non abbia mai visto la neve! Forse non hai mai visitato il Monte Volturino nel foggiano che appartiene alla catena montuosa dell'Appennino. Per quanto mi riguarda sono stata più volte sull'Etna e mi sono molto divertita a giocare sulla neve, non sciare perchè non ne sono capace! Spero che tu possa andare a vedere la neve quest'anno!

Hi Leslies,  thanks so much for your suggestions! I was just thinking about the two options (west coast or east coast?) since they both would give me easy access to Canada.  I've heard about Seattle, many talked of it like a great city. But NYC is a must-see I guess, for people who are going to visit the USA for the first time! Till now I'm still a bit confused and full of ideas but nothing of concrete. One thing is sure: I want to see a BIG modern city, I want to see a great NATIONAL PARK where nature surrounds me. I was thinking of the lakes on the border between Canada and East USA. That way I could combine the visit to both countries and get a look at some of the best views. What's the weather like in May? Do you know of a travel website dedicated to USA? Hopefully I could find there some other hints..

 I'm happy I can contribute some of my knowledge to folks in the community!  North East would certainly give you more bang for the buck with regards to proximity.  One thing NE is lacking is a really great National Park.  The west coast is best for that.  Trade off is NYC - one of a kind!  It is truly phenomenal.  Seattle is a prettier cleaner city but NYC is like no other.  It is on 24/7 and there is nothing you cannot find there.  Times Square is a kick in the pants!  Take in a Broadway play, see Rockefeller Square, walk down Wall Street at lunch time, take a carriage ride around Central Park.  It's all pricey but great experiance.  Boston is almost as fun but doesn't have the depth NYC has.  The Great Lakes might be a let down as I hear they are polluted pretty badly.  I have not been in the Chicago area for some time.  You could always start out in NYC, head to Boston, drive up the coast hit New Hampshire, and Maine on your way to Quebec.  It is a really beautiful trip that way.  Lots of beautiful scenery.  May everything will be greening up.  End of snow and you could catch some glorious days.  Try Fodors for New England visiting.  It's funny when you asked for websites.  Never thought of that with regard to the US.  Been most places and I've never had a need for travel websits in US.  Hope that is some food for thougt! B-)

Hi Leslie,  of course I should not miss NYC... I'm already dreaming of walking down the streets.. Many thanks for your advice and your point of view. Will have a look at that area. I've always loved big cities.. though I wanted to give a chance to Australia... but as you told me, 15 days are a bit short to visit USA, so for Australia are pretty short! unless I concentrate my visit only on the SA. will see... (have you been to Australia?) I've read that you visited Garfagnana area.. It would be really interesting to listen about your travel as a "diary", you know, a story of your travel that could be a guide to people who are going to visit it. think about it and let me know!

Hello back Valentina, I have not been to Australia and if I hadn't been bitten by an enormous Love Italia Bug, I would probably have Australia on my "next to do list".  To me, it has an aura of "the last frontier" even though it has enormous cutting edge cities.  Truly awesome landscape and a totally different way of life.  That always intrigues me.  I would love to share a travel diary with you all of the Garfagnana area.  It is a really special place and I fell in love with everything it has to offer..........except their winters.  So sad.  Well I'm on the run for now.  Hello back later!

Hi Laura welcome :D Glad you joined us. It’s great to have a ‘real’ Italian on board and a ‘young’ one at that ;) I’d like to take you up on your offer.  I am considering teaching English in Italy.  What cultural aspects should I consider if I was teaching there?

  1. Potential taboo subjects
  2. Manners - what is rude and what isn’t
  3. Appearance and dress
  4. The level of formality I might expect in the classroom
  5. Any other areas of teaching you feel would be impacted because of cultural differences

Thanks very much.  I look forward to your reply.

Hi, this is an interesting question since Italian culture is very different from the British one.  First of all, we should consider how old are the students you're going to teach to. It goes without saying that a 40-years-old student would prefer a certain kind of teacher, while a 15-20 another one... and a 10-years-old another one.. What about starting a new thread? You may find people with a similar experience! I'll be more than happy to answer your questions!

Hi 'Casa Monal'! (sorry, what's your real name?) Thanks for welcoming me! :) You'd like to teach english in Italy?! It's great! :D I'll try to answer to your points, and I guess I can help as I'm a student of foreign languages ;) 1.taboo....mmm....naaa! We talk about everything with our english teachers and I really believe there are no topics we can't take in consideration ;) 2.I guess you should try not to be too detached. I mean here being too cold can be seen as feeling somehow better then us. This could led to a negative relationship, students would be afraid of answering. I don't know how to explain... for example, my english teacher welcomed us the very first lesson with a huge smile and she tried to know us better, joking with us and letting us ask her some questions, this made us feel very confident! I think this is important. We are afraid of talking in english with mothertongues, because we know that even if we've been studing english for years, our english sucks, and it's just embarassing (So, don't be surprised if none of the guys answers at first or tries to talk as less as possible ;) we just need to feel more confident :) 3.Appearance..mmm... you can even wear a pair of jeans! :D Just try not to be too elegant... it can be seen as if you want to put distance between you and us! 4. It's up to you. We tend to be noisy and we always like to laugh and joke, but we understand that there's a time for everything. When teachers teach, we shut up and listen (ok, if the lesson is not very interesting we start to whisper, I admitt it ;) 5.mmm...ok we italians tend to be VERY patriotic so just don't say something like "Damn this italian weather" or "Italians are so noisy". Students would look at you with hatred hehe... Ah! I almost forgot. People from southern italy are more talkative and noisy than northerns, but I don't know what part of italy you're going to move to I hope this could help! Ciao!!!  

Hi Laura, I am so glad I found your post, I am not sure you can help me but I will ask anyway. I am interested in finding bilingual education schools in Italy, we’ll be moving soon and I haven’t found the right schools yet. My son is already taking sat tutoring online classes and it’s imperative for his education to go on with intensive English training. Do you have any good school resources to share? Thanks!