Expat Roadblocks

I’ve noted before that one of the struggles of learning a new language is going from being reasonably articulate in your native tongue to being reduced to childish phrases and half-sentences in your new language. Well, one of the blogs I’ve quoted before on this subject has another post about […]

To Learn the Language (and Not Sound Like an Idiot) ...

It’s been awhile since I’ve posted an update on the whole attempt to become expats; partly that was because the husband and I hadn’t really learned anything new, and partly that was because what we eventually learned didn’t make us terribly optimistic. But here’s the latest – as much as […]

The Challenges of Finding a Job in Italy

One of the things I find most frustrating about learning another language is how stupid I sound sometimes. I can usually get my point across in a conversation, but I’m forced to do it using childlike language as opposed to sounding like an adult. I’m capable of expressing myself pretty […]

To Learn the Language (and Not Sound Like an Idiot)

Even if you’re prepared for culture shock, that doesn’t mean it’s going to be any less, well, shocking. And, as we’re learning already, it begins even before you’ve left the comfort of home. Take, for instance, the Italian tendency toward procrastination. It’s well-documented, and we’ve read about it – there’s […]

Expat Roadblocks: Experiencing Culture Shock at Home