10 Tips for Teaching your Partner your Native Language

“Why don’t you understand me!” I cried on many an occasion.

Being with someone who doesn’t speak your native language might sound unimaginable. In fact, I recall saying “I could never fall in love with someone who doesn’t speak English.” Never say never. Here are some of my tips for mixed-cultural couples trying to teach their native language:

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What no one tells you about marrying someone who doesn’t speak English

People are always curious about how long I’ve been in Florence and how I learned Italian. When they learn that my husband is Italian, most people assume that I learned the language because of him. That’s definitely not the case. So what’s it like being married to someone who doesn’t speak English?

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Why march? #womensmarch

I am a woman. I am an immigrant. I am white. I am an American citizen. I am many things. On January 21, 2017, one day after the inauguration of Donald J. Trump, I took a bus to the center of Florence to join in solidarity of the Women’s March. I wasn’t alone, in Florence […]

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How to Talk About Donald Trump in Italy

Well, sweet friends, it’s official. Today, the 20th of January in the year 2017, the United States of America inaugurated Donald J. Trump as their 45th President.

While the extent of DJT’s foreign policy thus far seems incredibly divisive, what with the wall talk and such, I’m still going to try and keep the calm. Team Trump established their official slogan “America first” and asserted that “America will start winning again.” I can’t put those words in a context that tranquillizes them.

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5 Things I do that Piss off the Italians

I generally try really hard to “blend in” culturally. Yes, I have pale skin and green eyes, but what I lack in swarthiness I gain back in frizzy hair so I can generally pass for just another Italian at a quick glance. I am a proponent for respecting all cultures, but there are some behaviors of mine I just can’t seem to let go of that really bother my beloved Italians. Scusa! Sorry, not so very sorry!

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