EF – Education First. The motto of what I consider to be, my “Alma Mater” concerning language travel abroad, and also the name of the very first language school I went to London with for an “Academic Year Abroad” back in 2002 ..! EF has really changed my life in many ways: Thanks to this early experience of “travel & language independence abroad”, I have made my decision to study tourism management, advanced my English skills up to proficiency level, worked on my first ever internship abroad and have made friends for life. Thank you once more to my lovely parents for all their early support back in those days! You may thus better understand my present-day excitement of returning to work with EF as the multilingual, self-employed globetrotter I am these days, taking up the opportunity to further the last of the most important Roman languages to me: Italian. Exactly a year ago, I’ve experienced my first ever Italian language course in the city of Salerno, an hour south of Naples. Only once, I have since been back to Italy, in the no less charming “Regione Marche”. With German as my mother tongue and six years of Latin at school, I have since added English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Catalan and now Italian to my portfolio of well-spoken languages. Si. È tutto possibile. Ma è che mi piace davvero.
“OMG, Elena.” – “And you’re fluent in all of them!?” – “How does it work, how do you do it?!” And: “Don’t you have a few tips to share with us?!”
Well, yes. I do. Tips, ideas & experiences about how to better learn and speak languages. Plenty of them. So many that I’ve finally decided to turn them into a book!
Finally, Elena, I hear the voice in my head that says: “Finally, after writing ‘The Creative Traveler’s Handbook‘, you’ll publish your second-next important œuvre: The one about languages!” Because, really and truly dear readers: It’s languages that hold the key to opening up the doors of this world. I can honestly testify to this after a good fifteen years of working, studying and travelling abroad.
So first of all, enjoy looking at this colourful experience account of mine, of being back to study Italian abroad: EF Reloaded, is all I can say!
Venturing out from the language school: What else is there to see and do in Rome?
A whole lot, you may say. But Rome, “la città eterna”, may never be experienced in just a week. You may, however, get a good impression nonetheless!
Just around the headquarters of our language school, which is conveniently located in the heart of the city, you may “walk over” to the world-famous Pantheon (a mere five minute walk), surrounded by loads of little cafés, gelaterias, pasta shops or beauty parlours, including “sconti per gli studanti EF”! Essentially, EF has negotiated a few good deals and discounts with most of the owners around, and we have since been able to benefit from it.
“So what about your book project now, Elena?” …
Well, yes! Rome, in essence, just worked as the “prelude” to my actual language sojourn in Italy, retreating to the countryside in order to start writing on my third book, which will likely publish as an eBook by the end of the summer. Before leaving Rom, though, I have spoiled myself to two days at the charming Villa Pirandello, before heading out to Lago Trasimeno near Perugia, and the border with Tuscany. YOLO, is all I can say. You only live once!
A word of (self)advice, though. You have to be really disciplined so as not to succumb to any further temptations, lovely visits from sweet boys, or else ..! 😀
Through life, or through, well, Rome! Ciao e a presto nella bella città eterna !!!
Disclaimer: I have been invited by EF Language Travel Abroad on this Italian language course in Rome. All opinions are my own.