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Traci has spent a pretty nice chunk of her life totally committed to the Italian language. When I discovered her site, Italicissima, I LOVED that she focused so heavily on dialects as I feel they’re really underrepresented in Italian teaching and online.
Not only was she a lecturer at the University of Texas at Austin for 11 years, but she also earned her PhD in Applied Linguistics and is a prize-winning literary translator, a published author, an editor, a blogger, and one of the funniest people I’ve ever had the pleasure of meeting.
You’re definitely going to get tons of laughs and tips you can use right away with Italian, and I promise you that your fascination for the language will grow bigger as you listen in.
What you’ll learn from this episode:
— What method she used that you’ll be familiar with to learn Italian and how that affected her journey
— One fascinating tip about Italians default verb tense they use when they’re lazy with the language
— The most obvious difference between the Sicilian dialect and Standard Italian
— How research supports you watching soap operas in your target language
— What two main methods she uses to keep up with her Italian
— Her favorite books in Italian and why you should get a copy of at least one
— Which one Italian movie you should watch for practicing Italian
In case you forgot how to say “bambino” or “kid” in the Sicilian dialect, it’s:
— Picciliddu /Picciriddu
— Un posto al sole – Soap opera set in Naples (RAI website)
— Dish Network Italian package (RAI International) – You can watch Camalieri movies here!
— I-Italy – publication written in Italian and English
— Traci’s personal website – where you can find out more about her mystery books