Wednesday, May 12

abbastanza bene invitation

I want to let you know about a new project I am starting. It's called "abbastanza bene" and it's a poetry blog, in Italian. I choose "abbastanza bene" as the title because the expression means "ok" which is a generous description of my level of competence in Italian these days and I thought it was cute that the word "stanza" was hidden in the title of a poetry blog.

It sort of spun out a comment that a friend of mine made not long ago. She told me that she "adored" the way I expressed myself in Italian and that I should write much more before I learned too much of the language. It seemed a curious comment to me, but peaked my interest nonetheless. The kick came last night when I found myself awake at night, spilling out lines of a poem in my head, in Italian. And I thought, well, why not?

I linked to the blog on my sidebar under "siamo qui" (we're here).

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  1. Okay, without my Italian dictionary (all the way across the room, ya know, it's early and I'm lazy) I'm too intimidated to comment on the abbastanza bene site, but I just came from there. ;-) yeah! You may just inspire me to learn more - for which I offer you much blame and praise.

    I've often been told that I sound "charming" in Spanish, and my not so favorite, "like a little girl!"

    There is so much power hidden in poetry. The ones passing out mixed compliments are unaware. Not unlike women -- hidden power many are unaware of - including the women themselves.

    grazie! kitty

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  2. Santa maria ! You are making stellar progress ! :)

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  3. Kitty, yes, I have this sense that I must sound like an uneducated sweetheart. But my hope is that forcing myself to weave phrases in Italian will help me progress... and keeping it a "poetry" blog gives me that license to not worry about having correct grammar. So it's my language learning project... we'll see.

    Kavi, You always know how to make me smile. Grazie.

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  4. An ambitious undertaking! and a really interesting one.
    And the bonus is, you may be encouraging Kitty (my daughter) to learn more as well. I wish I could say you inspire me to learn, but I think I'm beyond the ability to start learning another language. I'm having enough trouble with this one.

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  5. Great! Now I have to learn Italian in order to follow your blog...

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...and you may ask yourself, well...how did I get here?