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Journaling: The benvenuto class was fun. It got us acquainted with the area and provided a basis for our language skills which we were encouraged to practice. I was very excited to be in Italy and couldn't wait to learn Italian. Nearly everyone that I met was very friendly, very helpful and very willing to help me learn. I quickly learned to understand what was being said to me (as long as the speaker wasn't speaking too fast) and almost as quickly learned to read enough to be useful. My spoken skills, however, lagged seriously behind, no matter how much I tried or how much someone tried to help. I could manage to mangle a few words to make myself understood - but over and over again, I would say something to someone who would then try to help me. They would say "no, no" and wave their hands back and forth before saying the word correctly. I would repeat it syllable for syllable (I thought) only to elicit more hand waving and "no, no" and sometimes “no, no! no, no!”. We would repeat this again and again, until whoever was helping would decide I was hopeless, throw their hands in the air accompanied by "EHH!" and a grin. Four years later, I was still eliciting the same response. Did I mention that I am tone deaf? I can't carry a tune in a bucket - and obviously can't hear the inflections to speak a foreign language.