Hannah studied French and Italian at Durham University, and spent her year abroad working as a Language Assistant in Tuscany, Italy, and working in a hotel in France. She is now working for an American software company, dealing with their sales to the Italian market.
Becoming fluent on your year abroad is easy as pie if you're constantly surrounded by local people at work, at university and in your social life, but in reality your 'year' abroad might be only seven months (or half of it spent in another country), you might also hang out with English-speaking friends while you're there, and of course you always need a bit of time to yourself! There's no way that you can be fully-immersed 24/7, but you still need to appear less foreign/touristy as fast as possible. Why? So that locals don't reply to you in English, so they trust you and open up to you more, and so that you feel you are progressing quickly which helps hugely with confidence. "Your [insert language] is amazing! How long have you been here for?!" We are all, secretly, praise junkies.
Hannah Wakely is studying French and Italian at the University of Salford. She spent the first half of her year abroad studying in Forlì to fulfil the Italian quota and is spending the second half in a small town in Brittany teaching in a collège lycée. Hannah didn’t have many options for studying in Italy as the Italian department at Salford is so small, but she chose the Forlì campus of the University of Bologna because she wanted to be in the north and it has a great reputation for languages. Here's her advice for other students moving to Forlì for their year abroad...
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The BIG Italian - Collins Italian Dictionary
This comprehensive dictionary has every word you’ll ever need, as well as examples of usage and idioms to help you master the lingo.