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,