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Wading through the foreign language swamp

Learning a foreign language is like wading through a swamp; you take two steps forward and a step back. It's been found that in the early stages of foreign language learning, that we acquire around 2000 words which occur with high frequency. But that isn't enough for real conversations, to understand the news or to read a book. Apparently, around 7000 words are ideal.
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Italian style, grace and Il Galateo

The words Italy and style are synonymous. Just think the Vespa, Ferrari and Versace. And if Italian style and grace is what you're after, look no further than Sophia Loren. The Italian philosophy which emphasises beauty, style and grace is called ‘la bella figura’ or ‘the beautiful figure’. But, it's also about behaving well or Il Galateo.