by guest blogger Ray
School has been going really well for me ever since Christmas break and the week I was sick. I’ve been understanding a lot more in Italian. I use to get easier work than the Italian kids in school, but now I do the same exercises and homework as them. I think it’s fun. Also, conversation is easier to understand. I hardly ever have to say “Non capisco.”
My favorite class in school is Italian grammar because the teacher is really nice to me and it’s the easiest class. Right now we are studying comparisons and superlatives. For instance, if something is good, we say it is “buono.” If something is better, we say “migliore.” If something is the best, we say “ottimo.” At first it was confusing, but my tutor Paola helped me understand.
In history we are learning about the Etruscans. They lived before the Romans. Where they came from is a mystery, but they lived in here Umbria and around the center of Italy. They were the ones who invented the arch. They were really good architects. When they wrote, they wrote from right to left, and they did not have spaces between their words. They wrote with a different alphabet than ours.
My least favorite class is science. Right now we are studying the body. We are learning about breathing, muscles, bones, intestines, nerves, veins and cells. There are some funny pictures in my science book like a rotting orange, the Italian food pyramid, a little baby sitting on a potty, and an angry boy riding a bike.
We always have a break at 10:15. That’s when we get to have a snack and talk. My friends are Alberto, Andrea, Gaia, Anna, Alessandro and Teresa. During break the boys sing Gangnam Style or play charades. Actually, I don’t play charades because I have no idea what they are acting out. Sometimes they do things and I don’t know what it is suppose to be.
After school, I come home for lunch, check my emails, do my homework and get gelato. I go across the street to Grom for gelato. Right now my favorite flavors are cream, lemon, chocolate and stracciatella. The most common flavor is hazelnut. Vanilla is not very popular, and it’s hard to find.
We are half way through the year. It has been fun when people visit us, but I’m also excited to go home. I miss our backyard and our house and our neighborhood and my friends. But when I leave I will miss the gelato, the food, my Italian friends, all the traveling on Sundays and vacations.