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Posts in this blog revolve around my experiences as an au pair in Italy and as an aspiring polyglot. Topics range from childcare, to language learning, to linguistic theory.

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  • The Bell Curve
    on Dec 27, 2008 in the italian narrative
    For this au pair, the Christmas season has brought with it a new set of unexpected difficulties. It all started a week ago when 7 year old Marta, for the first time, threw a fit when I attempted to help her dress herself. To be fair to her, perhaps I...
  • This Exciting Life of Mine
    on Dec 18, 2008 in the italian narrative
    This Thursday marks the end of a string of late nights and social gatherings. I have gained the new nickname "mondana" (social butterfly) for the extraordinary number of times I find myself returning home when the only sign of movement on the st
  • The Alps and Sauze D'Oulx
    on Dec 13, 2008 in the italian narrative
    This past weekend was my first spent in the Alps of Torino, a jagged line of sharp, snowy tops slicing Italy and France directly down the middle. The place in which we stayed was called Sauze D'Oulx, a mountainous town snuggled in the centre of the M
  • Colours and Language
    on Dec 8, 2008 in linguistic musings
    The human perception of colour seems to be more subject to change than other phenomena observed by the senses. If you ask an American or a Canadian what the colours of the rainbow are, no doubt the Rainbow Song will burst from their lips with the col...
  • The Week of House Boundedness is Over!
    on Dec 5, 2008
    The family and I have finally reached the end of a lack luster week during which little Pietro was continuously out of commission. It turned out his cold had developed into an infection in his throat, which later became a form of tonsillitis. Through...
  • The Development of the Children's English: 2 Months OnIn this post, I would like to make a small update about the changes that have occurred in the English of the children.Anna: After two months, Anna (age 3) now understands many of the questions I ask her, the most common of which include "What are you
  • The Film Set
    on Nov 26, 2008 in the italian narrative
    As some of you may have discerned from my posts, my experience in Torino has been intimately intertwined with cinematic production. My friend and fellow au pair Rae and I know an actor, two directors, an electrician/cameraman and a number of other pe...
  • Random Smatterings of Update
    on Nov 21, 2008 in the italian narrative
    Since I am sitting here without a specific theme in mind, I thought I might enlighten you all to the events of the past week.First of all, the reason for my absence is that I have been as sick as a dog. Not once. But twice within the course of a week...
  • A Victim of Petty Theft
    on Nov 14, 2008 in the italian narrative
    I'm not going to mince words. I'm incredibly irked at the moment with the Italian postal system, pretty much everyone responsible for controlling what happens to the post in this apartment, and the world itself.Two weeks ago, I bought a book for
  • The Fate of the Apostrophe
    on Nov 13, 2008 in linguistic musings
    An interesting news item was brought to my attention by my mum the other day. Though I didn't see it myself, there was apparently a program on British television featuring a discussion about whether it is worth keeping the apostrophe in the English l
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