Umberto

Organizer

Location:

San Francisco, CA
Hometown: Los Angeles

Organizer since:

November 6, 2006

What is your favorite Italian film, book, food, music, city or vacation?

The real, live fantasy they call Venezia. The beautiful beaches of Sardegna. The wonderful Sorrento coast. Of course, the Neapolitan songs that my father used to sing: 'O Sole Mio, Maria Mari' (Oje Marie), Funiculi Funicula, Torna a Surriento...

What level of Italian do you speak? How do you use the language now?

Beginning to intermediate... but I love helping beginners, being around native speakers, and plan to continue my studies. On the other hand, my Neapolitan is not as good! But I understand quite a bit...

What is your interest or connection with the Italian language or culture? Are you of Italian heritage?

My parents are both from small towns near Napoli. I have traveled there and met my relatives. An unbelievable experience!

How do you hope to use the Italian language? Do you have a goal?

I hope to become fluent enough to more easily speak with relatives and friends in Italy. After that, I want to study Neapolitan (quite an unusual goal, I have gathered) to see the look on their faces when I amaze my southern Italian family!

Introduction

Ciao a tutti! Sono il vostro cappogruppo. I am your group organizer. I will do my best to serve the group and keep things fun. This is a challenge, but your enthusiasm makes it a pleasure!


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