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Hello all,

Does anyone have a recommendation for learning Italian in Dubai? I have started slightly on my own, but thought it would be a good opportunity to get out a bit more + meet new people. Found a few options online but would love to hear from anyone who has attended classes they liked (or disliked!).

And out of curiosity:
Are you currently learning a new language?
How are you learning it (on your own, online course, skype classes, classroom, private tutor)?
Why did you choose it?

I want to learn Italian because I love everything Italian (the people, the food, the wine, the coffee), a bit ironic since I have never actually been there. I am planning a roadtrip though and would have to learn the basics to get around.

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I want to learn Italian because I love everything Italian (the people, the food, the wine, the coffee)

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If you're that Norwegian chick that barged into my apartment without knocking, I suggest you do the same with my 1st door neighbor this time. Pretty sure he'll start talking Italian straight away.

But it will probably go like this:

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If you're that Norwegian chick that barged into my apartment without knocking, I suggest you do the same with my 1st door neighbor this time. Pretty sure he'll start talking Italian straight away.


Love that FG scene though, lol.

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Couple of weeks ago, a girl from Norway and her boyfriend (I guess) just opened the door of my apartment and almost got inside. They thought it was available for rent and wanted to see it (or at least they claimed so).
So I was wondering if you're that girl...

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I am constantly improving my command in some foreign languages by reading magazines, online newspapers and specially novels.

My native tongue is Portuguese and I gotta admit that English surpassed in the sense that my Portuguese has deteriorated a bit for the lack of use.

Reasons for learning in my case:

French: had moved to Canada and enjoyed the language quite a lot while studying in Brazil. The proximity to Portuguese made it easier to learn. Reading novels made me like it even more. My occupation was bilingual which kind of forced me to speak it to a point where it became natural.

Spanish: the company that I was working for several years ago had been acquired by a Spanish company. My new bosses were from Spain.

Italian: I don't speak it, but I can fully understand Italian. This happens 'cause every word in Italian can be related (or reminds)a word in Portuguese, Spanish or French.

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I am constantly improving my command in some foreign languages by reading magazines, online newspapers and specially novels.

My native tongue is Portuguese and I gotta admit that English surpassed in the sense that my Portuguese has deteriorated a bit for the lack of use.

Reasons for learning in my case:

French: had moved to Canada and enjoyed the language quite a lot while studying in Brazil. The proximity to Portuguese made it easier to learn. Reading novels made me like it even more. My occupation was bilingual which kind of forced me to speak it to a point where it became natural.

Spanish: the company that I was working for several years ago had been acquired by a Spanish company. My new bosses were from Spain.

Italian: I don't speak it, but I can fully understand Italian. This happens 'cause every word in Italian can be related (or reminds)a word in Portuguese, Spanish or French.
Nice. I sometimes struggle now with Norwegian, trying to find certain words. Often end up with me speaking some English in between. Mum always find it quite funny when I cannot find the right word and have to ask her.

I have been wanting to learn Italian for years. So what am I waiting for!! Promise to self; start self-teaching at least next week.

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Often end up with me speaking some English in between.
It is not something unusual. In French Canadian couples that I came across, it is common to see children speaking different language to their parents in the same house!!!!

I guess it is more common with multi lingual couples

so yeah you would see in some cases the kids talking French to their mum and English to their dad.

I even once received an Italian guy in my office struggling with English and our convo was entirely Italian on his side and English on my side.

In my recent trip to Ottawa, I spent some days at my friends who happen to be trilingual. We had probably switched languages 5 times and even having entire topics with one friend speaking in French while I was speaking in Portuguese.

I am sure that in Europe that's far more common

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