Uninformed tourists are quickly pegged as such upon placing their order in restaurants. Knowing the correct pronunciation and forms of popular food items will place you at a level far above your fellow American tourist. [...]
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How to communicate if you don't speak or read a language? Draw it! (Disegnalo!)
Michelangelo, of course, knew that well. It was a common practice in the old days to hand-draw (disegnare a mano) items for the illiterate, such as Michelangelo's servant in this case. [...]
The purpose of language learning apps is more than translation. Their lessons are centered around conversational skills and building vocabulary, although some may focus more on one than the other. Since each individual learns languages differently and no app can compare to gaining fluency through real life interactions, users should browse for a program that works best for them. There is a variety to choose from, most attempt to cater to a variety of language learning needs.
[...] Sardinia was a province of the long-ago Roman Empire, and as in other such regions, as the island’s post-Roman rule passed to Visigoths; Byzantines; local kingdoms; the Iberian kingdom of Aragon/Catalonia; then the united kingdom of Spain, ancient Latin evolved into a Romance language, as did Italian, Spanish, and French. In this case, it was sardu (Sardinian).
Kinda neat, no? Yet for many years, Sardinian was belittled by many elsewhere in Italy as a mere “dialect” of Italian. It is, however, actually a distinct language, a bit Spanish-influenced, with four local dialects. Here are a few words and phrases to compare — and of course use, when you’re on-island: