November 11, 2009 | Italian
On Productivity and Cute Cafés
In which I get a lot done and enjoy the cosmopolitan café culture.
Today was an extremely productive day. Here’s what I accomplished language-wise:
- a bunch of grammar in the Italian Now! book
- some VocabuLearn on a 10-mile run
- verb-related work in the afternoon in a second grammar book. I studied present, present perfect, imperative, and future. I feel much better now.
- five Pimsleur lessons. I have now finished Level II. I can’t believe it! I will be beginning Level III on just the twelfth day.
Some of the verb work I did at a little place I have mentioned before, called Café Margot, where I had a tea.
It is an amazing little café, a hidden gem. The crowd there is very international, so you can hear many different languages.
As I was finishing my tea, a longtime resident in my building, John, showed up.
It turns out he speaks Italian, too. I had no idea. I talked to him a bit in Italian and, in my opinion, did extremely well for my eleventh day. My accent sounds pretty good, I think, and my comfort with Spanish carries over into Italian.
I just love this language.