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CultureShock! Italy by Alessandro Falassi, Raymond Flower

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‘To God I speak Spanish, to women Italian, to men French, and to my horse—German.’—Emperor Charles V

 

 

 

 

 

 

CHATTING WITH PEOPLE IS THE BEST WAY to get to know a country and understand its ways. So, whenever you are in a new country, you must first learn the language.

In the case of Italian, anyone who already speaks French or Spanish—these are all Romance languages—will have a definite head start. And if you happen to have studied a few years of Latin at school you will be even further on your way. The reason for this is that contemporary ...

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