Italian Group 2
The Italian Group 2 has nearly completed 4 years, so this update in August 2017 is well overdue. Ina did a wonderful job writing the original page so I have shamelessly plagiarized those parts that are still valid
Stories of language success and the fun being had by the 1st Italian group set up in 2013, inspired us to want to learn Italian, but that posed a problem. Unlike some interest groups where people can join at any time, one that involves learning together needs everyone to move forward together. Set up another group U3A said. So that was how we came into being in January 2014.
We had the advantage of being able to learn from our older sibling and they told us 10 was an ideal number and BBC Talk Italian series worked well. We had no problem finding 10 keen potential linguists and under the helpful guidance of Phil Buswell, we started.
We continue with many of our founder members and some others and are now seven, still meeting weekly in each others homes, with Helen Leibscher helping us monthly. We sadly lost Alan Cavalier, a founder member of the group and of U3A Much Wenlock, and miss his frequent anecdotes and humour. Also Nick Charrington died in our first year, and his wife Celia has recently moved away to the far north of England.
So we do have room if pushed for one or two additional members, although I think it is important that they are at roughly the same level of accomplishment as the rest of the group. This is that we have completed books 1 and 2 of the BBC course Talk Italian and are now using 'Italianissimo' and short story books. We are able to converse quite well in Italian. and we make full use it when possible on holidays in Italy and on lunches at a number of Italian ristoranti and trattorie in Shrewsbury, which usually mark the end of term (we follow approximately the school term times). At the end of this summer term we had a bring and share lunch al fresco, on one of the best sunny days of the year. We have also had a conversation session with a live Italian, Filippo, courtesy of Sarah, his future mother-in-law!
Most of all we have had huge fun. Misunderstandings and a ready wit have ensured there is plenty of laughter every lesson. It has been huge fun and we think we are incredibly lucky to be part of such a super bunch of people, but probably that is part of the joy of U3A groups.
If you would like more information please contact the group leader by clicking on Italian 2.