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In Other Words
In Other Words | Jhumpa Lahiri
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National Best SellerFrom the best-selling author and Pulitzer Prize winner, a powerful nonfiction debut—an “honest, engaging, and very moving account of a writer searching for herself in words.” —Kirkus Reviews (starred)   In Other Words is a revelation. It is at heart a love story—of a long and sometimes difficult courtship, and a passion that verges on obsession: that of a writer for another language. For Jhumpa Lahiri, that love was for Italian, which first captivated and capsized her during a trip to Florence after college. Although Lahiri studied Italian for many years afterward, true mastery always eluded her. Seeking full immersion, she decides to move to Rome with her family, for “a trial by fire, a sort of baptism” into a new language and world. There, she begins to read, and to write—initially in her journal—solely in Italian. In Other Words, an autobiographical work written in Italian, investigates the process of learning to express oneself in another language, and describes the journey of a writer seeking a new voice. Presented in a dual-language format, this is a wholly original book about exile, linguistic and otherwise, written with an intensity and clarity not seen since Vladimir Nabokov: a startling act of self-reflection and a provocative exploration of belonging and reinvention.From the Hardcover edition.
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“Almost any American can connect on some level to a family background of having come across some ocean. They say, 'My great-grandparents came from wherever... this is why we have this last name, why we do this thing at Christmas.' All the details get watered down but don't quite #disappear.” Jhumpa Lahiri

#quotsyapr19 #lizdoesquotsy

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Really in the minority here. I laud her project, but it felt pretentious & shallow. I'm one of those whose languages are scattered all over; learning old & new ones that are part of me, & one that belongs to a country I have no relation with, except that it strangely felt like home. At this age where refugees, border-crossing & ethnic cleansing are real problems (resulting to linguistic difficulties), I sadly fail to see the value in this work.

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BookishMe
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Late response to #TuesdayTidbits tags

📚 The more I feel imperfect, the more I feel alive. Jhumpa Lahiri

🎦 To see the world, things dangerous to come to, to see behind walls, draw closer, to find each other, and to feel. That is the purpose of life.
(Finally watched Walter Mitty last night. This replaced Carpe Diem I had in mind)

📚 Children agree 'film' is one of the numerous ;o and movie characters! ;p

*If anyone still wants to play😄😊🤗

Tanisha_A Love that statement by Lahiri! 11mo
BookishMe @Tanisha_A yes yes... Being flawed is easier to embrace 11mo
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SassyBookworm ❤️this 11mo
youneverarrived ❤️ 11mo
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This book is a first for Lahiri—her first autobiographical work and also her first book written in Italian. She chronicles her love affair with the Italian language. She is still learning Italian, so for this project, she wrote the Italian and then let someone else translate it into English. I listened to the audiobook version and loved the dual-language format.

This is also the story of her quest for identity and belonging.

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I found this book to be captivating on several different levels. She is certainly brilliant, a Pulitzer-prize winning American novelist of Bengali descent, who chooses to immerse herself in a new language, writing her first memoir in that language. If that is not enough, she eloquently delves into the emotional meaning of all this...about her search for identity, needing to belong and not be different, speaking MY language. 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

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I‘ve finished 47 books so far this year (not one DNF!!) and 21 of them count for the #MountTBR challenge!

I‘m scaling Mt. Vancouver this year - 36 books total. Just 15 to go!

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Joyfulmimi
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What a lovely book! So amazing and interesting! I want to stay home and read the whole thing.

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JacintaMCarter
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#2018Book44
If this doesn't inspire you to get off your butt and learn a new language (or any new skill, really), then I don't know what will.

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BooksAtNight
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Starting this #audiobook for #ReadingWomenChallenge (written by a woman and translated by a woman). My first Lahiri and I am smitten with her writing already.

DivineDiana I too love her writing. 💗 1y
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BookishMe
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Gathering #words - I'm constantly hunting for words.
#JhumpaLahiri
#quotsyJan18

readinginthedark Me too! I feel like I‘m always searching for the right word. 1y
BookishMe @readinginthedark have you read this book? It pays homage to words... I remember having to inhale deeply in reflection, almost every other page! 1y
readinginthedark I haven‘t, but it‘s on my TBR! 1y
BookishMe @readinginthedark 👍🏼👍🏼 1y
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Our local used bookstore that benefits the senior center now has Wacky Wednesdays— all Books (except specially priced) are $1 each! I was only going to look for Brookner (see last post) but ....!! I was only able to stay for just a few minutes and that‘s a good thing for my wallet!!

Especially excited for the Ferrantes. I‘ve read the first, already have the second, and now these!!

And the Lahiri is signed!

DivineDiana Wow! Great haul! 👏🏻📚👏🏻 1y
rachelm Wow!!! The second and third Ferrantes were my favorite ❤️❤️❤️ 1y
Hollie Nice haul! 1y
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LeahBergen Wow! You lucky thing! 👏🏻 1y
batsy What a great haul! Love the moody tones of the Brookner cover. 1y
ValerieAndBooks @DivineDiana that bookstore gets a lot of good donations (maybe not in every genre but definitely the ones I like). On High street in the Parkway shopping center. 1y
ValerieAndBooks @rachelm can‘t wait to get to them — need to prioritize #2 though!! 1y
ValerieAndBooks @Hollie 😊📚📚 1y
ValerieAndBooks @LeahBergen they always have something for me to take home 😆! 1y
ValerieAndBooks @batsy I‘m intrigued by that title, definitely. Have you read Brookner yet? 1y
DivineDiana @ValerieAndBooks Thank you! Need to visit! 😉 1y
batsy @ValerieAndBooks I've only read her first one and really liked it! After her passing I read so many interesting articles about her books, and they so sound like my kind of books... 🙂 1y
batsy After Brookner passed on, is maybe what I wanted to say (if Android had an edit button for the comments 😆) 1y
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RebeccaH
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Three-word titles for today's #riotgrams with @bookriot

This stack is some of my favorite nonfiction.

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kdwinchester
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I posted the second half of my August Wrap Up today. So. Many. Books.

https://www.youtube.com/c/KendraWinchester

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mhillis
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Stopped at the book store on the way home📚I have been wanting to read In Other Words since it came out! Ready for #litsypartyofone #septembermostanticipated #fallintobooks

AlaMich I really enjoyed In Other Words...it's definitely for language nerds 🤓 2y
mhillis @AlaMich Me too! I read it in one sitting and already want to reread it🤓 2y
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HardcoverHearts
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What a delight! For people who love words, thoughts, meaning & identity, this is a lovely read. I have always been a fan of her work, but I am a devotee now after this story. She is a deep thinker. And lucky for us, she has shared her thoughts with us on her obsession with learning, speaking & writing in Italian. Highly recommended for those who like to understand intellectual pursuits, love language or those struggling to learn another language.

batsy Sounds wonderful! 2y
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I find this whole process she has undertaken to be extremely interesting- a writer learning and then writing in a foreign language, in this case Italian. I admire her work. She can evoke a sense of place and a deep understanding in her prose. I am excited to start this one for #boutofbooks!

BooksForEmpathy Same! I listened to this one when it came out and was so fascinated by her. I love everything she does. 2y
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kdwinchester
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Lahiri started writing essays in Italian about her experience writing in a new language. This bilingual edition of those collected essays features Italian on one side and English on the other. Instead of translating the essays herself, Lahiri resists the temptation edit her essays in English, and Ann Goldstein, the translator of Elena Ferrante's Neapolitan novels, translates the book instead.
(Con. on IG https://instagram.com/p/BX_d3GCBY3m/ )

celtichik I loved this one as well, I thought the Italian/English combo was so cool even though I don't speak a lick of Italian. 2y
Kmmsellers I loved this book! 2y
minkyb Loved this! 2y
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Dwan
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I'm going to be thinking about this one for a while. I'm tempted to reread it now, but I need to let Lahiri's thoughts soak through my own, really. This book is about about identity, about creativity, about the place of self in the creative process. It's not going to be for everyone. It's beautiful and incredibly personal, and I treasure having read it.

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Dwan
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This.

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Emiller
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My current non-fiction read

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BookishMarginalia
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A lovely thought: writing as homage to imperfection 🤓🙌🏼

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Chelsey
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I've rarely heard from someone who feels about a foreign language the way I do and Jhumpa Lahiri takes that even to the next level. I am sad for her because the writing was stilted and awkward and I know how much that must frustrate her. I'm giving it a pick for the metaphors and the passion. #blameitonlitsy #blameitonbookishmarginalia

EloisaJames I was so disappointed in this book. Didn't you feel that she wrote it too fast (or something)? 2y
BookishMarginalia @EloisaJames Yes. It's not polished, though I must admit in the Italian it does sound much better! 2y
Chelsey Possibly, although it's sounds like she got it down very quickly and then went through multiple times with the assistance of others. Also she was not her own translator, so the person who translated it did so warts and all. If it were me, I know I would be tempted to polish up the English version, but then it wouldn't have been a true translation. I completely understand the juxtaposition of being able to speak a second language fluently but not 2y
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Chelsey ... so fluently that one can express oneself literarily. Knowing the she was writing in a second language my bar for fluency was low and I was pleasantly surprised. Also to find someone so excited for a language is refreshing and comforting, because it means I'm not the only odd duck out there. I've been learning Spanish for 17.5 yrs at this point. I have a good accent and can comfortably carry on a conversation, but there are still gaps. 2y
EloisaJames @Chelsey I've been speaking Italian (to my inlaws) for over 20 years and still speak like crap, so I shouldn't criticize! I guess I think that she could have done/said more, but it's so easy to look for what you want, rather than what the author offers! 2y
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How learning a foreign language is a way into other cultures, although the perception of "otherness" may always remain. #JhumpaLahiri

AlaMich This was such a great book! I was so jealous of how she just dropped her life and hauled her family to Italy TO LEARN A LANGUAGE. PERIOD. That would be living the dream for the linguistics nerd in me. 2y
LinhHermione Love this quotation! It reminds me of Trevor Noah's memoir when he talked about how just speaking lots of languages meant so many different communities in apartheid South Africa accepted him, even though he had a different skin colour to them 2y
Peddler410 My daughter is in the Chinese Immersion program in our school district and I find myself drawn to learning about the culture -- beyond what she is learning. Several years ago I studied American Sign Language and spent time in the Deaf community. Language is such an amazing gateway to getting to know another culture. 2y
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BookishMarginalia
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Very quick read. Lots of quotable sentences about reading and writing, language and identity. Overall, though, I was craving more. More depth, more nuance. This book started out life as short essays for a newspaper, and it shows. It's also a translation of the author's self-admitted simple Italian. As such, it is not up to the standard of past Lahiri books. Still, with the right mindset and expectations, an interesting, enjoyable read. ⭐️ ⭐️⭐️

LiteraryinLititz Helpful review! 2y
rachellayown Great review! I felt the same way! 2y
Jas16 Completely agree! 2y
BethFishReads I wasn't all that taken with this either 2y
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Chelsey
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#blameitonlitsy @BookishMarginalia after your post I immediately checked my library and it was available. Already started it and the author is an absolute kindred spirit!!

tea.n.books !!! You can borrow twenty titles? I'm so jealous! 2y
CouronneDhiver Oh wow! That is a lot of titles... I'm only allowed 10 at a time. 2y
Chelsey I can borrow 25, but as they're E-books and audio books they expire right at the 3 week mark and if I check out too many at a time I go into a panicked reading frenzy 😂 @tea.n.books @CouronneDhiver (edited) 2y
BookishMarginalia 😄It's a super fast read! 2y
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BookishMarginalia
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Demolishing a moist, delicious carrot cupcake with luscious cream cheese frosting, with a pumpkin spice coffee chaser 🙌🏼🤓

MyBookLife That looks like a great moment!! 2y
howlinglibraries Carrot cake AND pumpkin spice? We would get along great. 😂 2y
JessClark78 Looks and sounds delicious. 😋 2y
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BiblioVirgo Looks so good 😍 2y
Jinjer Mmm that combo is one of my faves! Dreaming of Fall... 2y
BooksForEmpathy Ohhh yummmm!! 2y
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Six months before moving to Rome, Lahini decides to read only in Italian. This is her description of the effects of that decision on her reading self. #Knopf #JhumpaLahiri

SarahDorra I wonder if this helped her more than textbooks, but I'm sure it did :-) 2y
Moonpa Such a wonderful "memoir". Lahiri did the audio - English and Italian(of course). Really enjoyed it. 2y
Chelsey That's fantastic. I am fluent in Spanish and other than the Bible and Bible commentary I rarely read in Spanish. I love the English language and use of beautiful language makes me giddy happy but my Spanish vocabulary isn't very artistic. I find myself bogged down and frustrated trying to untangle sentences that I feel like I should understand but don't. 2y
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BookishMarginalia
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Morning coffee at happy place @TheBookmarkPR - the perks of being a teacher enjoying the summer break! 😁🤓

BooksForEmpathy Loved this book! 2y
emmekamalei I really enjoyed her descriptions of learning a new language. 2y
Bookworm83 There is nothing better than summer break reading! 📚📚📚 2y
BooknerdsLife I've heard good things about thus book, need to put it on my tbr! 😊 2y
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GuiltyFeat
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Probably for completists only. I have read all of Ms Lahiri's books and loved them for their dispassionate detached prose and universalization of the feeling of being an alien.

Here she takes it to the next level by writing in a new language. Originally published in Italian, this is an autobiographical tale of self-alienation layered on top of a lifetime's experience of being "other".

No one writes about being an outsider like Jhumpa Lahiri.

LitLogophile Love the term "completists" 2y
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AlaMich
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I think uprooting your whole family and moving to Italy so you can continue studying Italian qualifies as #obsession. In a good way (IMO). #maybookflowers

MayJasper Good for you 😀 2y
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Carleneishere
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Watching season 2 of Master of None reminds me I need to read In Other Words!

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Audiobook
I found this book absolutely fascinating, and inspiring, to listen to. Lahiri's love affair with the Italian Language is beautiful, and makes me want to take up journaling in French.
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ of 5

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BookishMe
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#35BookParty 2
My first #JhumpaLahiri book that welcomed my 40th with me... That quiet night with some of most poignant lines
this book is a gift when I first traveled without family.
And I promptly packed it for the following trip. That cemented need to pack a book or two, for vacations.

Librarybelle What a nice connection! 2y
BookishMe @Librarybelle indeed! Memories and warm feelings every time I hold this book. Have you read this or any Lahiri book yet? 2y
Librarybelle @BookishMe I have not, though The Namesake is on my to read list! 2y
BookishMe @Librarybelle same here! 2y
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Robothugs
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Playing catch up with my photo challenges. #womenintranslation
#samebookdifferentcover - I don't own any 😩
#artificialintelligence
#aprilbookshowers

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Moonpa
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I'm slowly getting into audiobooks and have focused on shorter non fiction. I love Lahiri's work and though I am not usually interested in the writers themselves, this work brought sharper focus to her fiction. Her love for the Italian language, her sense of displacement no matter which language she speaks; Lahiri is articulate, honest and engaging.

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kmbezner
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Now that I'm a publishing student (???!!!) I can officially say that any books about books I impulse buy are actually for school 😅

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CrowCAH
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My cat, Katze, was getting jealous of all your cats being featured in posts, so she sat for me to take this pic. 😄 #catsoflitsy Happy morning and happy reading! 📚

Lmstraubie 😂😂😂 2y
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Madsthebookslayer
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Day 2: where I read! I love reading with a cup of coffee underneath the covers. Hopefully one day I'll add a reading chair into my office. For now my cozy bed is where I'll read. #RiotGrams

ReadosaurusText So cozy! 2y
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Shay
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You guys are kicking #24in48 butt! I am lagging and have to stop here because I have friends coming over for a movie night... but I am kind of enjoying the slower pace! Happy reading.

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Shay
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So fascinating. This book was written in Italian by Jhumpa Lahiri, about the experience of learning Italian. It was then translated into English by Ann Goldstein, but the audiobook is read by the author. So many layers of mediation! #24in48

theshrinkette I loved this book! She even narrates the entire thing in Italian, which I listened to fully even though I didn't understand a damn thing, simply because it sounded beautiful. 2y
Shay @theshrinkette Oh neat! I didn't realize the book was set up that way, but I just looked at the files, and the Italian is there after the English! We will see how much of it I listen to. 2y
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Jhumpa Lahiri sharing her love for a foreign language and meditating on the significance of that action is filling me up with light right now. Her love for word magic aligns with my own and I feel as if we have known each other always. This book may not be for everyone, but oh boy, it is for me.

LeahBergen That mug! 😍 2y
Merethebookgal Love the mug 😍 2y
UrsulaMonarch I'd not been sure about if I should read her translated work, but I'm finding this one interesting- and it's good as an #audiobook too! 👍 2y
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AlaMich
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This was a great book for people like me, linguistic navel-gazers who study languages for love of the language, not necessarily for a specific purpose. I can see others who are fans of Lahiri's fiction not being into this book because she does examine her own internal landscape with respect to her struggle pretty minutely. It resonated with me, however.

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Reading this in a foreign language in a foreign country. The struggle is real.

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AlaMich
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For anyone that's ever seriously studied a language. Patting yourself on the back one minute, groaning (or cursing, in my case) in frustration the next.

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AlaMich
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As a linguistics major and general language nerd, I have been fascinated by this book since I first heard about it. So excited to finally be starting it! 🇮🇹😊 And the perfect place to read it on our first frigid night of the winter too. ❄️🌨☃️

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Loving the side by side Italian/English

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They don't understand me because they don't want to understand me; they don't understand me because they don't want to listen to me, accept me. That's how the wall works. Someone who doesn't understand me can ignore me, doesn't have to take account of me. Such people look at me but don't see me. They don't appreciate that I am working hard to speak their language; rather, it irritates them.