La Bella Lingua: My Love Affair with Italy and the Most Enchanting Language in the World

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HarperCollins, 2010 - Australians - 301 pages
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‚€2Pronto‚€2 (Ready!), Italians say when they answer the telephone. And ready they are - to talk, laugh curse, debate, woo, sing, lament. Their native tongue conveys a sense of something coming alive ... For anyone who has ever travelled to Italy or just likes to dream about it, the fantasy of living the Italian life is powerfully seductive. Dianne Hales is no exception, but she also fell truly, madly and deeply in love with the language, fascinated by its story and its stories, tantalised by its adventures, addicted to its sound, and ever eager to spend more time in its company: ‚€2Italians say that someone who acquires a new language "possesses" it. In my case, Italian possesses me. With Italian racing like blood through my veins, I do indeed see with different eyes, hear with different ears, and drink in the world with all my senses...‚€2 The author‚€2s decades-long quest to learn Italian became her passport into the country‚€2s people, its culture, history, lifestyle, food, traditions - and its very soul. The result is a joyous and warmly affectionate celebration of the country and the people who helped to not only learn ‚€2the world‚€2s most loved and lovable language‚€2 but how to really live - and laugh.

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Italian really is one of the world’s most enchanting languages. Dianne Hales’s La Bella Lingua takes the reader on a sumptuous journey through the words of Michelangelo, Dante, and Verdi. Although ... Read full review

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This book was almost exactly what I expected it to be. The author runs through the obvious reasons to love the Italians and the language they share: opera, music, Dante, Boccaccio, Fellini, et al ... Read full review

About the author (2010)

Dianne Hales is one of the country's most widely published authors of books & articles on health subjects. Her husband, Robert E. Hales, M.D., is a nationally renowned psychiatrist. He is professor & chair of the Department of Psychiatry at the University of California, Davis, & the author of more than 125 scientific publications. Together, they are also the co-authors of the definitive, award-winning reference work "Caring for the Mind: The Comprehensive Guide to Mental Health.

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