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I never expected to fall madly, gladly, giddily in love with the world's most luscious language. But fall I did. Over the last twenty-some years, Italian has become my passport into Italy's culture, history, lifestyle, traditions—and its very soul.
Centuries before there was an Italy, there was Italian. Its roots date back thousands of years to the volgare, the street Latin of ancient Rome. Italian'sstoria—a word that translates both as "history" and "story"—is a rich, juicy, dramatic saga virtually unknown outside of Italy. La Bella Lingua tells the adventurous tale of how Italian became Italian and follows its path through the realms of history, art, literature, manners, music, cooking, cinema and, of course, amore.
You don't need to know any Italian to enjoy La Bella Lingua. If you love Italy, you'll love learning about its language. If you come from an Italian family, you'll discover more about your heritage. If you're studying Italian, you'll find a new perspective that takes you beyond vocabulary and grammar. If you're traveling to Italy, you'll appreciate more about the people you meet and the places you visit. And if you're an armchair adventurer—well, buckle your seat belt!
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