For the past seven years I have managed to avoid private lessons. My self-taught Italian has fared me well when ordering wine, grappa and pizza, but even a Black Sheep (Pecora Nera) such as I, realises that I need to try to learn more than the 20 words and 3 phrases that are currently in my vocabulary.
Last night I completed my first Italian lesson with a real live tutor.My tutor has excellent qualifications and experience to tutor me. During the day she teaches the Italian language to 7 to 10 year olds at a primary school and is therefore qualified enough to teach to my standard and level of intelligence. Obviously I checked her credentials and found that she has the patience of a saint and to date she hasn’t gaffa taped any of her pupils to the chair when they misbehaved.
The English help students to articulate correctly by teaching them tongue twisters, these are little rhymes that become increasingly more difficult to say as the volume of alcohol is increased. You didn’t know this famous English drinking game?
Here is an example of a typical English tongue twister
Pecora Nera picked a peck of pickled peppers;
A peck of pickled peppers Pecora Nera picked;
If Pecora Nera picked a peck of pickled peppers,
Where’s the peck of pickled peppers Pecora Nera picked?
The Italians have gone one better, they have included a tongue twister as part of their daily language, it is a word that I am going to try my best to avoid. What is this fabulous word I hear you cry.
It is non other than Gli
Here is a clip I found of a young boy pronouncing gli
As you can see It is not difficult, unless of course you are an Englishman, here is my pitiful attempt.
Many many thanks to my wonderful tutor….