Dianne Hales-La Bella Lingua-AUDiOBOOK-WEB-2016-UNABRiDGED
Release name: Dianne Hales-La Bella Lingua-AUDiOBOOK-WEB-2016-UNABRiDGED
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Size: 283.65 MB

Category: Audio Books Size: 283 MB
General Information
Title: La Bella Lingua: My Love Affair with Italian, the World's Most Enchanting Language (Unabridged)
Author: Dianne Hales
Read By: Suzanne Toren
Copyright: 2016
Audiobook Copyright: 2016
Publisher: Audible Studios
Duration: 10 hours, 24 minutes, 33 seconds
Chapters: 14
Media Information
Source Format: Audible AAX
Source Sample Rate: 22050 Hz
Source Channels: 2
Source Bitrate: 63 kbits
Lossless Encode: Yes
Encoded Codec: AAC / M4B
Encoded Sample Rate: 22050 Hz
Encoded Channels: 2
Encoded Bitrate: 63 kbits
Book Description
'Italians say that someone who acquires a new language 'possesses' it. In my case, Italian possesses me. With Italian racing like blood through my veins, I do indeed see with different eyes, hear with different ears, and drink in the world with all my senses....' A celebration of the language and culture of Italy, La Bella Lingua is the story of how a language shaped a nation, told against the backdrop of one woman's personal quest to speak fluent Italian. For anyone who has been to Italy, the fantasy of living the Italian life is powerfully seductive. But to truly become Italian, one must learn the language. This is how Dianne Hales began her journey. In La Bella Lingua, she brings the story of her decades-long experience with 'the world's most loved and lovable language' together with explorations of Italy's history, literature, art, music, movies, lifestyle, and food in a true opera amorosa - a labor of her love of Italy. Throughout her first excursion in Italy - with 'non parlo Italiano' as her only Italian phrase - Dianne delighted in the beauty of what she saw but craved comprehension of what she heard. And so she chose to inhabit the language. Over more than 25 years she has studied Italian in every way possible: through Berlitz, books, CDs, podcasts, private tutorials and conversation groups, and, most importantly, large blocks of time in Italy. In the process she found that Italian became not just a passion and a pleasure but a passport into Italy's storia and its very soul. She offers charming insights into what makes Italian the most emotionally expressive of languages, from how the 'pronto' ('ready!') Italians say when they answer the telephone conveys a sense of something coming alive to how even ordinary things such as a towel (asciugamano) or handkerchief (fazzoletto) sound better in Italian. She invites readers to join her as she traces the evolution of Italian ...