For all those traveling Expats

This is an article for all those expats who live in Italy. For if you have moved to another country, then I’m sure you all can understand the itch to keep traveling; because it doesn’t matter, young or old we all want to see the world. I’ve recently had an itch to go to Spain, and so I’ve started researching cheap ways to get around Europe, because I am a poor college student. All the companies that I researched are going to be compared on the cost of just transportation to Spain. So without further ado, here is what I have found, all the cheaper ways to get around Europe, at your convenience so you don’t have to spend hours researching like I did.

We are going to start with planes first because unlike boats or trains, they are the fastest way to get somewhere far away. Bear in mind that I have the freedom to go and come back when I choose so those of you with a lot of appointments or responsibilities might find that having to schedule specific dates might find these prices to be a bit higher than my research.

airlines_2512977bUp first, Ryanair. This flight company is actually pretty famous so you may have already heard of it, but it usually offers cheap flights just about anywhere in Europe and recently has improved their service. I choose a flight that would take me to Madrid, Spain on a Wednesday with a return to Rome on a Saturday and it cost €53.18. That, however, was just the flight. If you want to add bags, you add extra onto that. This site is nice because it is easy to use and you can not only get cars and hotels, but also transportation to a hotel and such.

Vueling is our next contender. I was able to plan a trip from Rome to Madrid and back again with three days there. This cost me a total of 87.53 but I believe this includes bags and such. It’s a fairly easy website to use, and while the cost might be a bit more, it’s definitely still cheap.

Air Berlin. This one is actually quite a lot more than the first two, and I was debating with myself if I should mention it at all. However, for those of you that might be here and actually have money to spend, this might be a nice alternative for a high priced plane ticket. The same trip that I planned for Vueling was 306.65 euros on Air Berlin for one adult to travel to Madrid for three days. Maybe the price difference is justified by a more comfortable ride over? I’m not sure because I haven’t taken this particular airline before.

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While there are others, such as
EasyJet, Pegasus (this one only goes to Turkey and Greece apparently) German Wings (This one found me Ryanair flights), and Blue Express, and Air One. I had some trouble with Air One, but maybe my computer just doesn’t like that website. 😦

So there you have it folks, those are most of the cheaper airlines. If you know of any more, or want to comment about better prices, then please feel free! We would love to hear from you!

Read the original article on Kappa Language School’s website.

Forgotten… (THE EXHIBITION): street art against oblivion

Da non perdere! Dal 13 aprile al 15 maggio.

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La street art si ribella all’oblio dei luoghi dismessi della capitale e promuove Forgotten, il progetto urbano nato più di un anno fa che mira alla riqualificazione di spazi abbandonati. Riuniti cinque dei maggiori urban artist portoghesi, Forgotten… (THE EXHIBITION) ha chiesto loro di risollevare con la propria arte le sorti di ex-fabbriche, cinema chiusi, piccole stazioni, aree dismesse e mercati rionali, e altri luogi che, attraverso il restyling, non solo hanno conosciuto nuova vita, ma sono diventati parte integrante del design creativo della città.

Visitabile dal 13 aprile al 15 maggio 2016 nel padiglione 9A del MACRO Testaccio, il progetto, nato da un’idea di Alessandra Arpino e di Hugo Dias, promosso da Roma Capitale, con il patrocinio dell’Ambasciata del Portogallo, della Casa dell’Architettura di Roma, e dell’Istituto di Cultura portoghese Camões, espone ora il risultato del lavoro svolto nei mesi precedenti da artisti che mai…

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You Choose! The pros and cons of immersion and app learning

Almost everyone that I have ever known has “I want to learn a second language” on their bucket list. But often, they don’t know where to start on this lengthy and difficult path. You’ll bring it up at maybe a family gathering, and that strange relative that you hardly know always has to chime in about how immersion learning is the best way to learn any language. Yes thank you weird uncle Hank, but not all of us have the money to just up and move somewhere across an ocean. But even if you could, is it really the best way to learn a language? I mean, everyone learns differently. So this article is dedicated to you fellow internet users! If you want to learn a language but don’t know the best option for yourself, here are some pros and cons to different methods of learning a language.

There are three main categories for learning a language that I can think of. If you can think of more, just comment below and I will add them in if I have tried them before! The three that I am going to write about are Immersion learning, using apps on your phone and/or computer, and class learning.

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So the first one up is Immersion learning! For this one, we are going to be talking about immersion learning as moving to the country, and paying for classes while there. For example how I moved to Rome, Italy and went to Kappa Language School.

Pros 🙂

  • You don’t just learn the language, you learn the culture as well.
  • If you choose a school with teachers around your age, you can become friends with them after. This is handy when you can’t remember a certain word or phrase and they don’t mind a barrage of texts.
  • Because they hold you accountable, you have to practice literally ALL THE TIME just to keep up with the class. If you are lazy like me, this one can really get you to practice even when you don’t want to.

Cons 😦

  • Moving to another country is SUPER EXPENSIVE!
  • Going to a different country can be very lonely at first because you literally know not a single person, and you are cut off in a variety of ways from the people you do know.
  • Simple tasks become really challenging.
  • Embarassments, which can range from being embarrassed about not knowing what to say in a conversation because you aren’t advanced enough yet, to cultural misunderstandings where you just don’t know that things are done in a certain way and you accidently deeply insult someone.

Ok now we can move on to App learning. This includes programs that you can put on your computer or your mobile device for learning languages. I’m sure we all can name a few like Duolingo, Memrise, Livemocha, Busuu.

Pros 🙂

  • You can use them whenever you need to (at least the ones on your phone) and so you can practice at any point during your day.
  • There are quite a few to choose from, so you can do different activities when you switch apps. There are ones that are better with reading activities and others that are better at writing activities. Some others, like uTandem, are focused on language exchange.
  • Some of them have really fun games that help you learn better then just practicing with flash cards over and over again.

Cons 😦

  • There isn’t someone to ask if you don’t understand why something isn’t right or when it gets frustrating.
  • When they try to teach you ‘naturally’ they often don’t explain why something has changed and you get very confused.
  • While some are free, there are many you have to pay for to advance or to get the other lessons.

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The last one that I will talk about is learning a language by taking a class near your home, or getting together with some people who speak the language for a few nights a week.

Pros 🙂

  • This one can be a form of immersion learning if you work hard enough
  • It’s nice to be able to come back home and be able to talk in your own language and not feel like a fool 24/7 like if you moved.
  • You can have a structured learning schedule that helps you immerse yourself into the language rather then being thrown in and fumbling around trying to make out the correct tense and pronoun.

Cons 😦

  • This is a much slower way to learn unless the class is 1 on 1.
  • There is a classroom pressure to get it right that can make you anxious and forgetful
  • You don’t get the culture, you get the language
  • You can only practice at certain times

Ok there you have it folks! the pros and cons of different ways to learn a language. If you think we have forgotten one, just comment below! I find that the best way to learn a language is the combination of two of these, because the pros and cons of both can balance out the experience.

Read the original article on Kappa Language School’s website.

Scena di vita quotidiana – All’aeroporto

Parole italiane da conoscere per prendere l’aereo senza problemi:)
E per approfondire date un’occhiata anche alla nostra lezione “All’aeroporto”:
http://www.kappalanguageschool.com/en/students/exercises-and-lessons/item/386-all-aeroporto-imperativo-di-cortesia.html.

Affresco della Lingua Italiana

Ciao a tutti!

Nel nostro post precedente abbiamo visto che cosa dobbiamo fare se ci troviamo al bar, come ci rivolgiamo al barista o alla cassiera, che cosa possiamo chiedere. Oggi impareremo dei vocaboli e dei termini che usiamo quando dobbiamo viaggiare in aereo, come la carta d’imbarco, il passaporto, ecc. Siete pronti alla partenza?

All’aeroporto

Anna – Buongiorno. Ho prenotato due posti per Parigi presso questa compagnia.
Impiegato – Buongiorno. I biglietti, per cortesia.
Anna – Li ho prenotati su Internet tre giorni fa, ma non li ho ancora stampati.
Impiegato – Ha i numeri della prenotazione?
Anna – Sì, L5W4NW.
Impiegato – Un momento. Sì, l’ho trovato sul sistema, adesso glieli stampo. Ecco fatto, buon viaggio!

Nel frattempo…

Anna – Ecco il tuo biglietto, adesso dobbiamo andare a pesare i nostri bagagli al check-in e finalmente imbarcali.
Francesca – Grazie. Manca più di un’ora e mezza al…

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Five tips to help you find a great apartment when traveling abroad

Wether you are studying abroad, moving for work, or just wanting to travel the word, finding accomodation can be quite a challenge no matter where you go. Take it from me, after moving to Italy, it was nearly impossible for me to find the right kind of appartment. Luckily I had several friends to help me along and give me some very good tips that I will now pass on. These are good tips to follow weither you are moving to Italy, China, Canada, really anywhere in the world. So here we go, here are five tips to finding good accomodation when moving/staying long term  in a different country. These tips are especially helpful if you have your eye set on the beautiful, eternal city of Rome.

1. Be wary of shared apartments.

Ok if you are moving with someone you know really well and are ok living with, thats all fine and dandy. BUT if you are moving into an apartment that already has someone living there, proceed with caution. There are many horror stories that revolve around room mates, and if you are not good with confrontation, you should probably make sure you know the person you are moving in with quite well. If you don’t believe me check out this Facebook page (its in Italian so make sure you have a translator handy; anyway pics speak for themselves!).

2. If they don’t make you sign a contract, you better not start unpacking

One thing you should always watch out for is if the land lord doesn’t make you sign a contract. Its one red flag that you may miss because, you know, sweet, you have a cool landlord, they don’t make you sign anything, and if they like you they might make you pay less 😉 right? NO It’s not cool, grab your bags and head back to the hotel my friend because that is one move you will seriously regret. You’re right, you might get a lower rent, but the downsides are waaaaaay more detrimental if your relationship with them goes south. You won’t have any legal protection should your landlord choose to raise your rent, or kick you out altogether. You can complain that their isn’t any heating or there is mold covering the wall, but if they don’t want to fix it, they don’t have to. Basically, DO NOT DO IT.

3. Don’t move into the city center unless you make serious mula.

Unless you are moving to a small town somewhere out in the country, this is advice for literally anywhere you go. Especially big, old city like Rome or Paris. If you move into the city center, the rent is going to clean out your bank account faster then you can say “holy crap”. Unless you have a lot of money to spend, in which case have fun, but know that the city centers are pretty busy even into the wee hours of the night. They are the hubbub of activity and usually near the places that tourist wants to visit. AAAnd you might hear some drunk university study abroad that got lost on their way home from the bar. Though to be fair, the city center often has a great view of beautiful monuments that you wouldn’t see if you moved to the outskirts.

4. But also don’t move too far away from the city center.

Yes i know its a bit confusing since I just stated not to move to the city center. But moving too far from it is also another problem you want to avoid. One reason is that the apartments that are far away from the center may be quite old and so they don’t have things like heating or air conditioning (and if you are moving to Italy, air conditioning is something you are REALLY going to want come summer time.) Another problem is that the public transportation system could get worse the farther you are from the center. When it already takes you a while to get somewhere you don’t want to add an extra 20-30 minutes because you live in a remote part of town, although countries like Spain and Germany are great with transportation so this one really depends on where you are moving too.

5. Try to find a housing agency like Spotahome.

I’ve found that the best way to find a home is by using a housing agency like Spotahome. They are great for finding a place that fits exactly to your needs. They also have great customer service help, and while exploring their website, a little help chat will pop up on your screen and ask you if there is anything you need help with. They are great for pinpointing exactly what you want out of an apartment and finding one that is best suited for you. You can choose how long you would like to stay for, what bills should be included, what you want to be allowed (like if you want to bring Fido or Lassie for example), If it should be for students versus professionals, as well as how much you want to pay for rent each month.

And there you have it folks! Those are my five main tips that you should keep in mind when finding the perfect apartment for you! There are many more things that you obviously need to think about so I didnt want to overload your brain with tips. But just a few little things you should also keep in mind: always check the signal that your phone gets at the new place (very important!), and make sure to make some friends as soon as possible. It always good to have friend who have your back if you dont speak the language of the country you are going to. (especially in a place like Rome!)

Read the original article on Kappa Language School’s website.