Who I am and why I decided to start a blog - PT 1
I was born and raised in Italy, dreaming about traveling around the world and moving to a foreign country.
For as long as I can remember, I have always been fascinated by foreign languages and cultures.
Despite the fact that I've studied languages at school (French in middle-school, Latin in high-school, Spanish at the university and English throughout my school career) I'm actually a self-learner. But just as Latin is a dead language, I've forgotten everything I learned in school and they've all became dead languages to me.
Maybe that's because when you have to study a subject for school, it loses some of its charm. Maybe it's because when it was time for me to choose what kind of high-school(*) to attend after middle school, I was still too young, confused, insecure, and too influenced by other's opinions and by the necessity of being realistic, practical, and job-oriented for the future. Maybe it's because I've always been shy and introverted, so the idea of speaking in a different language and being judged for that; committing errors and not being as good as my colleagues, has always scared me. That anxiety has blocked and hindered me on several occasions. And maybe it's because at the time I had to choose a university career, the language studies options were limited, at least near where I live.
(*) I don't know about other countries, but in Italy middle school lasts three years - roughly from age 11 to 14 - and then you have to choose what kind of high-school to attend. We have three different types of high-school that last for five years: Lyceum is aimed at preparing students for university; Professional School includes practical work related to a specific industry or craft; Technical School is a sort of middle ground between the other two options. For each of them there are different institutes specialized in specific fields of study.