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 participate enthusiastically in 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 newspaper 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 16 October to Saturday 23 October 2021 we’ve teamed up again  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.

Some comments from previous language course guests: “A super language week. Well organised giving us a taste of ‘real Italy’. Francesca was amazing.  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.”

I have made one of those fun, 30-second Facebook slideshows to try to capture some of the atmosphere of our Italian language week. You can see it by clicking here.

Everything is included in the cost of your holiday at the watermill: tuition, accommodation, pre-dinner aperitifs, all meals and wines (including outings to charming local restaurants) and all local transportation (including transfers to Pisa airport and an excursion by train to Lucca or the Cinque Terre).

You get to Pisa, Italy, we do the rest!

And you will be Cool and Green: all our rooms are air-conditioned, powered by photovoltaic panels which make us self-sufficient in electricity.

Francesca La Sala

16-23 October 2021

A novel approach to learning Italian

To learn more about Francesca and her course at the Watermill, please click here.

And continuing the animal allusions, don’t forget we all know our chickens!Blog italan words CONOSCO-I-MIEI-POLLI

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