Italian gestures

Our guide to Italian gestures Learning a language is not just learning grammar rules. A language is so much more then grammar rules. Every language is the mirror of a culture. Learning Italian is also learning how to use our hands to add meanings to what we say, to visualize what we mean. Here you…

What to do in your free time in Taormina

by Steven Jacobs Let’s face it. You aren’t coming to Sicily just to study. The pristine beaches, tropical climate, breathtaking landscapes, and cannoli galore play an important and fundamental role in your decision to haul your portly luggage over to this strange, triangular island. Although small, Taormina and the surrounding area offer a plethora of…

Spring Has Sprung! A Walk to Babilonia

by Steven Jacobs As my semester abroad studying Italian language and culture at Babilonia comes to an end, I have noticed a change in Taormina. The place that I have called home for the past four months has been coming to life. In perfect polyphonic harmony with the blooming of the almond blossoms, wisteria, and…

The host family experience

by Steven Jacobs When you decide to study abroad, you have a lot of things to consider such as: how long you will be staying, which classes you want to take, and whether or not you should bring those cheetah-print slippers. Another important consideration is whether or not you want to live with a host…

How to become a local

by Steven Jacobs I am sure that by now you have heard the saying “studying abroad makes you grow as a person” enough times that it makes you want to pull your hair out. I know I have at least. However, just how Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” being an overplayed song does not make it bad,…

Studying Italian changes your life

How knowing Italian can make the difference Researchers in the field of neuroscience, social psychology, and psycholinguistics unanimously state that the knowledge of foreign languages is very important for a person. Studying a foreign language can really change your life for the better, both from a material and spiritual perspective. “The limits of my language mean…