About


About

Me in 2010 when I started the blog

 

 

My name is Joe Nance and I’m a long time Italophile. I think that my love affair with Italy began when a former girlfriend gave me a copy of the Basics of Italian cooking by Marcella Hazan . I’ve always liked to cook (since I like to eat) and was amazed that you could make such good things with so few ingredients. One thing led to another and I began to learn some Italian. I’ve now made 7 trips to Italy and hope to make many more. I have taken up the study of Italian after a long lapse and am enjoying it immensely. So this blog is centered around the food, language and travel in Italy. Along with a few digressions of course.

A few words about the title of the blog “Dreaming In Italian”. I have often heard that having a dream in an acquired language is a sign of a reasonable level of fluency and certainly of a comfort level with the language. That is certainly my goal for learning the language. Of course the subtext of the dreaming is the general admiration for many Italian qualities; the relative level of spontaneity, the generally good food and the openness of so many of the people there.

2015 Update

Me in 2015

Me in 2015

Since the above description I have now taken an additional 6 trips to Italy that total almost exactly 52 weeks in all. Almost all of that time has been spent in Bologna. I have studied Italian there for an aggregate of about 6 months and, while not fluent, can have decent conversations and read reasonably well. I still have difficulty with movies and TV but can sometimes understand much of what is said on the radio. I have grown to truly love Bologna as you will find if you read my block over the last 4 years.

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