Cookery and YouTube

sebongela

sebongela

Ciao a tutti

Was watching YouTube videos yesterday. Found some great ones for cookery all in Italian. Some did have English subtitles, majority not. Was great to practice listening and increasing vocabulary. Some was a bit fast, it yu do get the general gist. Was one on “cacio e pepe pasta” . He demonstrated one cooked in a pig's bladder too. That was a bit weird I have to confess. Also had never heard of a “Lievito Madre” basically a type of sour dough starter for panettone and other breads.  

One learns something new every day. Love it!

Sebongela

CEHartman

CEHartman

Sebongela,

I haven't looked at the Forum in a while. I'm glad I read this post. I'll check it out, thanks. I was looking on-line on YouTube at some italian lessons. One instructor recommended that when learning a new language, spend about a third of your time studying, learning vocabular, grammar, sentence structure, et.  He said to spend the other two thirds of your time just listening to Italian, not trying to understand it all, but having it playing to get used to the sound of Italian. He likened it to the way babies learn a language. They are surrounded by it, don't understand it at first, but gradually start picking up words, and eventually sentences. So a YouTube cooking class sounds great to me for two reasons. One, I love to cook. Two, I can listen to Italian and even if I can't follow it all, I can hear the language.

Would you ever be interested in going to Italy and living there for a few weeks, taking language classes and visiting some of the sights?  I am looking at Road Scholar and Smithsonian. Both offer 3-week immersive stays that include an apartment, lots of tours and language instruction. Smithsonian also offers cooking classes as an option.  

They are quite expensive. I'm not sure I would do it because of the cost, about $10K for the 3 weeks. But if I did I would love to have a travel companian.  I am also looking at apartment rentals and language classes that I could do on my own, not through Road Scholar of Smithsonian.  

I'd like to know if you have any interest. You can write me at [redacted].  I live in Ohio,  

Catherine Hartman

sebongela

sebongela

Hi CEHartman

I have been wondering how you are doing. Hope well and that your hearing is good too. I would love to go to Italy at some stage, but have no inclination to travel at the moment or the near future. Too many airport hassles with Covid tests etc. Not sure about the Italian tour thing, pretty steep pricing and I could do a lot with that amount for travelling. It does sound wonderful though. 

We live on Vancouver Island, but have EU passports and at some stage I need to go to Portugal to see about some things. So that will probably be our trip out of Canada. Currently I am learning German and found a German penfriend. The site I used was called “Global Penfriends” I am very much a beginner, and thank goodness her English is amazing. We eventually exchanged private emails and now we correspond via email regularly. It has been amazing and as my German has improved I am now able to write snippets and she is adding more German in her emails. Tried to find an Italian one, but it just didn't work. The great thing about the German lady is I get so many insights into everyday life and everyday expressions. You may want to try that if you enjoy corresponding with people. 

Another site I have been using is Coffee Break Languages. You may want to look at them too. I subscribed to German and Swedish, as you get extras with those. Italian I signed up for some of their more advanced stuff. Italian season 3, Magazine and Travel Diaries. All their podcasts are free. They also have a weekly reading Club which can be a subscription, but I get a free one every week. I have no need to subscribe to that one either. No speaking for you like in Rocket, but I have enjoyed the conversations and my grammar and vocab have improved a tremendous amount. I find with the German it fits in well with Rocket and reinforces and adds to learning. I also find that it adds variety. Should you have any interest in trying them let me know what you think. I find the Travel Diaries and Magazine  delightful! 

Take care and happy learning

Sharon (Sebongela)

CEHartman

CEHartman

Sharon,

Yes, due to Covid, I was thinking of travel a while out in the future.  I am also looking at perhaps doing some of it on my own: rent my own apartment, sign up for language courses and then do the tourist stuff on my own too.  It's much cheaper, about half of what the big companies charge. But it's a year or maybe even two years out for me. Just a thought.  

Catherine

caterina-rocket-italian-tutor

caterina-rocket-italian-tutor

Hi Catherine, Hi Sharon, 

I'm really glad to hear about your plans! :) Should you ever need advice, tips, or just some extra support about visiting Italy, feel free to let me know and I'll be happy to help.

 

sebongela

sebongela

Ciao Caterina

Thank you for all the feedback as well as the offer to help if we ever get to Italy. Was watching a program on Cinque Terre. Am really looking to explore that region. Well in actual fact tutte le regione.

Luckily we live in a beautiful part of the world. A place on Vancouver Island called the Comox Valley. Lots of space to explore, sea and forests. Also a ski destination a 45 minute drive from us. Have a look. Called Mount Washington. Should you ever visit here will be happy to help out as well. Has made life a lot easier due to Covid, as we had lots of open space to explore and hike.

Ciao Sharon

CEHartman

CEHartman

Caterina,

I will take you up on your offer to help plan a trip to Italy, maybe two years out. I have been to Italy twice already. Once was in 1981 (that was a long time ago!)  I visited mostly Rome and then went to Brendisi to catch an overnight ferry to Greece, where I spent a lovely week. The second trip to Italy was just a few years ago. I started learning just a bit of Italian then so I could at least read street signs and maybe menus. I spent three weeks there, mostly in Umbria and Tuscany. I love it there!  That's when I decided to learn Italian in earnest. But I still need to talk to people. With Covid, it has been much harder to connect. But it will get better.

In the meantime I am doing all the relatively new lessons in the course, over 50 of them are new. And every one is a significant improvement in the previous lessons they replaced.  I use it to keep learning and I mostly use it to practice hearing with my cochlear implant. It is great auditory rehabilitation for me.

Catherine  

(I guess your name is the Italian version of my name!)

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