Sue and Elaine return for a second visit to Agnone after only 9 months… with some sense of trepidation

Sue and Elaine return for a second visit to Agnone after only 9 months… with some sense of trepidation

My first experience of ‘Live and Learn Italian’ in Agnone, September 2023, was truly wonderful. Before going I was somewhat nervous - would I be able to cope, would I feel out of place?   

But the two weeks exceeded my expectations in every way; the town and its generous, lovely people being so special, Italian lessons with two wonderful teachers being so great. The food, the wine, the culture, and the other students, made it one of the most enjoyable and fulfilling experiences of my life.   

Sue with teacher Simona

So, I was very excited to return in June of 2024, especially as it was with a new friend met there on the first trip, but as the date approached, I felt a degree of trepidation.  How could it be as good as the first time? What if the group didn’t get on as well as last time?  Had my Italian improved enough in the meantime to be more comfortable in the lessons and when interacting with local people?  

I need not have worried the second time again exceeded expectations. Familiarity with the place and people, and knowing better what to expect, if anything, helped me enjoy it all the more.  It was wonderful reconnecting with the teachers, and local people who had been so hospitable the first time, once again welcoming us as friends.

I cannot thank Jeni enough for setting up this wonderful programme and allowing me to participate in it. I really hope to return to Agnone at some point. 

It’s a true privilege to participate in this amazing experience. 

Sue , UK

 

Sue and Elaine 

I visited Agnone last September for my first ‘Live and Learn’ experience. I had an incredible time. Agnone is a hidden gem of Italian history and culture, unspoilt by tourism. During the two weeks I experienced real Italian rural life, while speaking Italian with local townsfolk who were the friendliest, most generous and patient people you could hope to meet. 

An added bonus was that I made a new friend amongst my fellow students. So delighted were we with the fantastic experience that we agreed to return as soon as possible, and only 9 months later we were back! 

We realised that there would be some repetition during the two weeks, but there were a lot of new experiences and even the trips we had done before had a new twist because it was a different time of year, and personalities vary. 

Elaine chatting to Jeni, Live and Learn Italian founder

Our second visit in June was as enjoyable as September - even better as we could understand more! The teaching was as excellent as before but what was so wonderful was renewing our acquaintance with the local people who had joined us on trips and for meals. They greeted us like old friends and were touched that we had come back for ‘second helpings’ so soon.

I think it is fair to say we are ‘Live and Learn Italian’ addicts and are looking forward to a new adventure somewhere else next year. However, we’ve fallen in love with Agnone so won’t rule out a third visit sometime in the future! 

Elaine, UK

 

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I keep promising myself that I will hunker down in a quiet (not too quiet) village to improve my Italian. Taking one or two weeks to brush up or even get started on speaking Italian makes perfect sense, doesn’t it? A program in charming Agnone in Molise allows you to study hard and take a holiday at the same time. The name says it all – Live and Learn Italian. A local, independent business whose aim is for a small number of students to integrate themselves into the fabric of the town, to experience the local customs, and engage in the crafts - as a welcomed friend!  Sounds like paradise to me.

1. What makes Live & Learn Italian different from a typical language school?

We are so different from a standard language school - with never more than 12 guests at a time, the emphasis is on integrating everyone into the community during their stay. We do offer classes (3 hours daily + homework!), yes - but the focus is on practising the language, and the rest of the time we join in community events, visit the local artisans and their workshops, or cook and share meals with local families. These activities and so many others are all in Italian because the community is not English speaking at all - and our guests really do get to feel part of it, and that they are living in an authentic town - come and discover your inner Italian!

2. How can a week or two of study also be a holiday?

Well, it’s a learning holiday - no doubt about that. Talks and visits include hearing about the cultural history of the region, and learning a language does take some effort. But combine that with enjoying exceptional produce, visiting family restaurants, local festivals and events, getting out into the incredible nature of the region and relaxing over meals and drinks with a small group of like-minded individuals - and everyone, without exception, has a very fulfilling holiday.

3. How many years has L&LI been in business and what are its origins?

2017 will be our 5th season. I came here to stay with cousins and learn Italian myself and discovered a unique opportunity - a community that does not speak English and is a protector of ancient traditions and world-class artisans. The idea came to me to share this with a few others - to give learners of the language an environment in which they can engage with anyone and everyone! We are mindful of the great gift we have in working with an authentic community, off the beaten track, and we play a small part in keeping aspects of this ancient culture and its traditions alive, without in any way compromising the authenticity. We encourage our guests to explore, learn, and discover, while respecting, protecting and valuing the modest way of life of the region. Working directly with many local families, individuals, and businesses, we are not only providing valued income, but an opportunity to tell their stories, and share their crafts and produce.

4. Typically, who comes to Molise to study with L&L?

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