My Italian Class
I have been studying the Italian language with the same classmates for the past 10 years, most of them with a remarkable Professor at Providence College, Maria Mansella. Of the many teachers I have had (and there have been many) over the years, she ranks among the very best.
Italian, La Lingua Bella, is not so easy for a senior trying to learn a language late in life. But Professoresssa Mansella, by combining the grammar, syntax and pronunciation with all things Italian… culture, art, history, sociology, geography, film, literature… to name a few… makes it come alive and so much easier. Can I have a conversation with a fast speaking Italian about politics… well no, or not yet anyway. Can I make my way around the small towns of Italy not only ordering a meal or getting directions, but at times discussing serious items at a slow pace … well, yes. And I am so proud of it.
And Professoressa Mansella so loves her students that she becomes more than a teacher. She becomes their friend. Here is a picture of a wonderfully social dinner hosted by Maria and Peter, her husband, just last week. If it looks like we enjoy each other’s company , well we do. And it is all centered around a great culture and a remarkable teacher.