It was at a language platform where our paths crossed.
One hoping to learn English, the other Italian.
The English learner being an Italian living in Italy and the Italian learner being an Indian born in Japan, living in The Netherlands.
This in itself created enough topics to pick up interesting vocabulary.
Anyone who has ever decided to learn a language has experiened that in the process of learning to communicate in each others language, a whole new world and experience opens up. The choice to dive in remains with the student.
The language exchange slowly progressed into exchanging of thoughts (read arguments) customs, cultures (read differences and middleground), types of pasta (is a PHd in itself), the evil but delicious panetone, tea (hands down Japan & India have the best tea) , coffee (ok Italian coffee wins here) and finally exchanging care packages, which consisted mostly of food at Christmas.
The English learners’ (writer) love for his own country and good food (otaku is how we call it in Japanese) and the Italian learners’ (photographer and translator) need to be in close proximity to a country she feels is her 4th home are some of the reasons this blog came into existence. Not to mention all the swear words exchanged when pesudo Italian meal images were sent from The Netherlands. New vocabulary for a language student is always welcome.
This is the spirit we want to evoke in this blog. A place to communicate, share thoughts and tools on on how to have and look for Italian food made with love and in doing so we hope to open up a whole new world for you.
The progress in language you ask? Let’s just say The Italian students continues to write in Italian while The English student is translating this piece.
To be continued…