Throw yourself like a fish into our Italian language course!

Lx321 Chinook salmon or King salmon leaping falls on spawning migration.One of the mysteries of the Italian language is how they keep talking about fish even when there are none about.

For example: buttarsi come un pesce’, to throw yourself like a fish, means to throw yourself enthusiastically into an activity. And that’s just what you’ll be doing on our inspiring Italian Language course at The Watermill this May.

Not only will you improve your Italian on our unique, interactive language course, but you’ll also enjoy la bella vita Italiana in the heart of rural Tuscany and savour The Watermill’s warm hospitality. In fact we’ll treat you like un pesce grosso, a big fish, or big shot, to us English and Americans. And we promise never to trattare a pesci in faccia, literally to treat with fishes in your face, to show you disrespect.

We’re grateful to The Local, an Italian news paper in English, for illuminating these fishy allusions. It tells us: “As you might expect in a country surrounded by water, fish regularly crop up in Italian conversation.”

For our week-long course, from Saturday May 7 to Saturday May 14 we’ve teamed up again with the Florence language school, Langues Services, to design a week in which people can learn Italian in the most natural and enjoyable way ever. With our wonderful tutor Francesca La Sala, you’ll meet Italian people and interact with their daily lives. There will not only be formal lessons under the vine verandah (some 20 hours in the week), but we’ll also be making trips and excursions to enjoy the natural beauty of Lunigiana, the area surrounding the mill, to explore its history and culture, to sample its traditional foods – and above all, to meet the people, speaking Italian, practising what we’ve learned.italian market panorameYour immersion into the language and culture of real Italians will be customised for you, to suit your curiosity and your interests, helping you to treasure everything you learn and make it a seamless part of who you are. You will have the perfect opportunity to make new friends in the company of like-minded people learning and improving their Italian language skills… and enjoying unspoilt Italy and, of course, fantastic food and wine.

Putting theory into practice: I wonder what fish we should have! Last year’s language group enjoy an Italian lunch

Putting theory into practice: I wonder what fish we should have! Last year’s language group enjoy an Italian lunch.

Last year’s Italian language course at The Watermill was a great success. Some comments from our guests: “A super language week. Well organised giving us a taste of ‘real Italy’. Francesca [our tutor] was amazing. Despite the disparity in ability she managed to help all of us towards a better understanding and production of the Italian language. The lessons were fun, interactive and helped me enormously. “The accommodation was great and the camaraderie which evolved was, I’m sure, due to your relaxed and welcoming approach to your guests.”

“We all had such Fun!  I had a wonderful time on the language course and laughed so much!  My confidence and knowledge has improved immensely over the week and Francesca has even sent us exercises to do at home to keep our learning going.  She was tireless and gave us so much. The standard of accommodation, food, drink and your hospitality was, as ever, excellent.”

Language FrancescaSaturday 7 May to Saturday 14 May 2016

Francesca La Sala Italian Language course

Please click here to learn more about out Italian Language course at the mill, including the itinerary for the week.

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