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Italian – Vietnamese fourth meeting

Ciao! Xin chào!

This week we talked about food (yum)!

Me and Danh introduced Sara to many Vietnamese specialties, those that are rather famous globally (phở, nem, bún, bánh mì, etc), and how to distinguish some authentic dishes from fake ones. Sara learned many dishes and their alternatives, and how to pronounce them. She also found out that Vietnamese literally eat everything, and some dishes can be rather disturbing or disgusting. At least she is kinda willing to try durian (sầu riêng) though.

Sara introduced us to Italy with lots of really good spices and ingredients. She talked about pizza and pasta and some other dishes, and of course, she talked about cheese, one thing I bet many Italians have to be very proud of. She taught us how to distinguish between different kinds of pasta and cheese from the looks, smell, and aging!

Italian – Vietnamese third meeting

Ciao! Xin chào!

This is the third meeting for Danh and Sara, but my first-ever meeting. I was warmly welcomed by both of them and got to know each other a little bit. Both Sara and Danh were speaking about verb tense, and it’s really interesting to know how different they are in terms of structure. Sara noted that Italian has many verb tenses and some can be very difficult, so she taught us those simple ones that are mostly used in real life. Sara definitely makes our learning experience a lot better and easier, and I can trust her fully because she knows her country very very well.

For Vietnamese, Danh taught Sara verb tenses too. In contrast with Italian, Vietnamese verb tenses are very simple (you add a specific word prior to the verb and its tense changes) and I think Sara got it perfectly.

I introduced Sara to some popular holidays in Vietnam, both native ones that only celebrated ourselves and some international holidays as well. I really wanted to emphasize the women’s days because that is a very special feature of Vietnam!

From this meeting, we would be talking with themes. And for the next meeting, we’d be talking about food!

Italian – Vietnamese catching-up meeting

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I was introduced a little bit late for the course, but luckily Sara offered me a catching-up meeting to match up with Danh a little bit. In the meeting, Sara was introducing me again to the most basic things of Italian, from greetings, the alphabet to notable pronunciation. I was really surprised to learn that Italian words have genders, which is really different from my Vietnamese vocabulary structure. Sara helped me a lot in distinguishing between knowing genders of words and how to pronounce as close to a native Italian as possible. It’s a long way to go but I think I’m taking baby steps!

At the end of the meeting, me and Sara agreed that the following meetings would be more open. As we are learning on Zoom and it’s kinda hard to concentrate on the grammar, we decided that we would come up with a theme for each meeting, selecting words, sentences, and cultural knowledge that are relevant and famous so it becomes more of a tour guide. I personally think it’s more practical that way!