Little Italian Goes a Long Way
to Fun Family Travel in
are very friendly to foreigners and they try very
hard to understand you. That is one of the delights
of traveling in
. So do try learn some Italian and use it in
speaking with Italians in a friendly way. A great
way to start is to tell an Italian how lovely his
country is: E molto bella l'Italia - eh mole toe
bell lah lee tah lee ah -.
forward this Discover Italy Newsletter in its
entirety. At the very bottom of the newsletter you
will find a forward link to make it easy. (c)
Copyright Kids Europe 2005.
on the Internet
and Kid-Friendly Books and Tapes for
is one country where every little bit of the
language that you can use helps, not only in
understanding, but in making friends. The
language is phonetic, that is, once you know
the sounds letters and letter combinations
make, you can usually come pretty close to
sounding things out correctly. Unlike English
where words like "through" and
"would" could sound very odd if you
didn't know the strange ways of English. Also,
most every letter is pronounced.
is a list of books and tapes designed to help
families have fun learning Italian.
Italian Together: For the Car : A
Parent-Child Activity Kit: 16 fun
language games centered on things you see
Italian in the Kitchen: A Parent-Child
Activity Kit: What could be more
appropriate? Sixteen games and songs about
food, cooking, tableware, and cleaning up.
Picture Word Book: Learn 500 common
words in contextual pictures. Aimed at
kids, it will help any visual learner.
Me More Italian: Popular songs in
English and Italian.
A Little Book of Italian: This is for
kids and adults, essential phrases.
Survival Guide: Italy: Take this book
with you for essential language paired
with pictures of the situation when you
will need it such as driving, shopping,
banks, and so on.
of 1000 Italian Proverbs: With English
Equivalents: This book leads you inside
the Italian soul showing the creativity,
humor, and philosophy of the culture
through the proverbs that every Italian
learns and applies to life.
Kids Italian Language Pack
Me Italian: A Musical Journey Through The
is what some customers have just written to me
about the Italy Discovery Journal:
girls loved the journal--it was helpful before
the trip to give them some ideas of what they
might see and things to do, and sparked some
lively dinner-time discussions of the
impending trip. During the trip, it made time
on the Autostrada, on trains, and waiting in
restaurants go by much faster. They especially
loved the idea of keeping track of all of the
kind of transportation we went on, and
counting everything up became part of the
game. Thanks!" Lisa S.
wanted to tell you our kids, ages almost-15,
almost-12, and 7, all enjoyed their
Journals on our recent first trip to
. We spent most of out time in the hill towns
south and east of
, with a day in
. All 3 of the kids (2 girls and a boy) were
amused by different parts of the journal, and
enjoyed informing their parents of interesting
facts we would have missed. I read the Journal
before we left for
, and much of the interesting everyday
information in there I found no where else in
my EXTENSIVE pre-trip reading! Also, my son
enjoyed filling in his Euro coin card--he had
all but the smallest coins by the time we
arrived back at the airport to come home, and
a very helpful cashier at the food area gave
him the rest!" Laurie S.
Customer Testimonials and Photos, too!
With Your Hands
are famous for their hand signals. They can
have whole conversations without opening their
you are in Italy, you can make a collection by drawing or
describing the hand/body positions and what
you think they mean. There is a misconception
that Italians only say rude things with their
gestures. Not true at all. That said, there
are a few rude gestures, so before you make a
gesture you aren't sure of in public, save
yourself much embarrassment and ask an adult
what it means.
have heard that these universal hand signals
developed when all the little countries were
joined together in 1860 by King Emmanuele to
form what is now
. The Italians, who spoke many different
dialects, had to fight in the same army. They
couldn't understand what each other was
saying, but they could all understand the
are some signs from the collection in the
Italy Discovery Journal:
close hand and grab your cheek between
thumb and pointer and twist back and
forth, "piccinia/o." Use this
when you see a cute, little child.
point at side of forehead with pointer and
- hand flat in front of you, rock back and
forth, "mezz' mezz." Sometimes
accompanied by a shrug. You would use this
if you thought something was okay but
didn't like it a whole lot.
do you want? That's the way it goes.
- Shrug shoulders, arms held up, palms up,
"che ci vuole."
- flat palm towards you, horizontal, chest
high, shake hand up and down, "mamma
flat palm, slap your forehead and then
pull hand out a foot, "ho dimenticato."
here is a web
page with some even more hand signs with
sending many happy families off to
this time of year with my vacation rental
Perfect. Many have heard about pickpockets
in Italy and ask me for advice. There are pickpockets
and thieves that prey on tourists. They are
after cash and credit cards, that's all. Just
take a few precautions and you will be fine.
Here, is what I suggest:
your jewels at home.
your wallet, take only the things you
need. Visa and Mastercard are the credit
cards that are accepted.
just a little cash in your wallet or
the rest in a waist wallet where it will
be safe if a little sweaty. Waist wallets
are definitely a fashion no-no and you
will embarrass your teenagers and your
stuff will be safe!
your hands on your luggage.
keep anything really valuable in your
fanny pack or backpack.
just had a customer lock herself out of her
apartment in Florence. She didn't have the phone number to call, so
she went to an Internet shop where you can buy
time on the internet, accessed her email
account where she had her travel documents and
voila! So, scan all your travel documents,
passports, tickets and credit cards and email
them to yourself at an email address you can
readily get to.
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