Jaap and family, having been in Italy for so long, speak better Italian than most Italians. We, however, did not speak a word beyond pizza. I was determined to at least be able to exchange some information with my neighbors while staying among the Italians. We soon learned to that besides ciao, a salve! works well, especially when you don't know people. I bought some teach-yourself-Italian books with incredibly boring CDs but was really pleased (mi piace molto!) to find My Daily Phrase Italia...
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