At the beginning of the semester, during orientation, we were asked to place our names on one of the activity sheets if we would like to practice our italian with Viterbo locals and students.
My italian partner reached out to me via e-mail and before I knew it we were planning our first get together!
We met at a fountain located very close to my apartment and walked around Viterbo while getting to know each other.
Federica speaks very good English. She's eager to improve her English and is excited that we can converse together because she said conversation is the only way (and the best way) to get better. I told her I agree 100 percent because I have the same attitude in terms of wanting to improve my italian speaking skills.
We had a basic conversation in Italian and I conversed with her using what I have learned thus far in my Elementary Italian course. She was impressed which made me feel more confident in my skills.
She also taught me certain phrases that I wanted to know how to say in Italian such as:
- Directions: Dritto (straight), Destra (Right) and Sinistra (Left)
- Quando chiudete? (When do you close?)
- Que bella giornata! (It's a beautiful day!)
After officially meeting each other, my language partner and I both realized that we're a match made in heaven!
Not only does Federica dance, but she also wants to be a journalist too and write about cultures/traditions while traveling the world!
I can't wait to learn more italian and spend more time with my language partner. I'm grateful USAC provides us with so many unique opportunities here in Viterbo!