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The last class

Last night’s Italian class was held at Ciao Pasta Bar on Erie Street (Via Italia – Windsor’s Little Italy). It was a lovely restaurant and a lovely evening – the perfect finale to a semester of learning Italian with a great group of people.

Each of us delivered our final presentation (with, I suspect, equal degrees of nervousness!), enjoyed a wonderful Italian meal together, and also received our marked final exams which we’d handed in during the previous class. I made a few silly mistakes on my exam, but am still proud to say that my mark of 96.5% indicates that I know a whole lot more Italian than I did three months ago!

*pats self on back*

For those of you who might have wondered what the gibberish in my previous blog post might have meant, here’s the rough translation in English of my Italian presentation:

My presentation is about crochet (“crochet” in English), a pleasant and useful hobby.

The definition of “crochet” is to weave yarn or thread around a hook into stitches to make fabric. There are different types of stitches, which create different types of fabric.

For crochet, you need to buy crochet hooks in different sizes; yarn, thread, or wool; and patterns for projects you want to make.

You can take lessons from a teacher, or you can learn crochet by yourself using books or instructions from the Internet.

When you learn to crochet, you can make many useful things. I learned to crochet around 2004, and since then I have completed several projects. Three examples are a scarf, mittens, and a shopping bag.

You can also make decorative projects; for example, these snowflakes that I made for you, my Italian teacher and classmates, to hang on your Christmas tree or perhaps in the window. Happy Holidays!

It’ll be a very busy month or so before the next semester of classes start, but I’m still going to try to keep up by doing a few review sessions. I sure don’t want to end up back at square one in January!

Laurel Regan – Writer, tangler, iPhoneographer, cat herder, learner of French and Italian, crocheter, needle felter, Growlita, iFan, on-and-off politics junkie, 80s music trivia freak, ongoing work in progress.

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