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Silver Spring, MD
Hometown: Same (Wheaton)

Member since:

July 16, 2007

What else would you like to tell our group about yourself?

My wife and I traveled to Italy in Fall 2007. We had the best time of our lives. I'm into Italian literature and want to have a working knowledge of the language. When I return to Italy (someday, I hope) I'd like to use the language to get deeper into the culture.

How did you learn about our group?

Through Casa Italiana where my wife and I initially took Italian classes.

What is your favorite Italian book, author, film, song, musician, food and/or city?

Robert Girardi is a D.C. native of Italian descent, a powerful storyteller but sadly, almost unknown. One of his stories is centered in Naples. Cities: I fulfilled a lifelong dream to visit Pompeii. Painters: Salvator Rosa in particular. In true Italian literature, I like Sciascia, Silone and Susanna Tamaro.

At what level do you speak Italian and do you speak other languages?

Since before my wife and I visited Italy (in 2007). Unfortunately, neither of us speak Italian very well but we try to stay connected by reading Italian Easy Reader mysteries. Taking classes helps us stay on track. Maybe learn Spanish someday.

What kind of events would you most enjoy?

I particularly enjoy the classes. They make me work and think and they keep me on a set learning pace with deadlines and projects.


Hope to meet with other Italian speakers and help improve our speaking and listening abilities. Also, looking forward to making new friends with common interests.

What Donald is saying about this Meetup Group

The people at the meet-ups are always friendly and interesting. The native Italian speakers are always very patient and considerate to those of us who are struggling with the language. They want to help us learn and willing to invest their time and good nature to help everyone who expresses an interest. The only problem is that most meet-up locations are in restaurants which means you're likely to spend a minimum of $20.00 on food and/or drink and the places are so noisy that you can't hear yourself think much less understand what others are trying to say in English let alone in Italian.

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  • Casa Italiana

    Casa Italiana offers a cultural center used for many Passatempo events.

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