Learning a new language is sort of a funny thing. First, I typically start with helpful phrases such as asking where the bathroom is located, ordering a glass of wine, and basic counting from 1 to 10. After that, I tend to want to know the “dirty words.” (Don’t we all?) Which is why I was so happy to find a little book called Wicked Italian For The Traveler.
So, I thought it was quite appropriate when a friend gave me a little book called, “Wicked French for the Traveler.” This passport-sized reference book is a great distraction for me when I have writer’s block or when plain curiosity has me looking up chapters like, “Organs You May Wish To Avoid,” or “How To Condescend Like A Native.”
Imagine my delight when I found more of these in a local wine shop (of all places? moi?). I picked up one for Italian and one for Spanish which include all the language basics one might need … and some that perhaps you were just curious about.
Wicked Italian For The Traveler
Out of the three, Italian has become my favorite because of the section on effective letter-writing. Let me give you an example …
This time of year I often get asked, “what do you recommend as a good gift for a traveler?” Definitely these! Even if they’re fluent in the language, I think most travelers would appreciated the entertainment value.
The books are Wicked Italian For The Traveler, Wicked French, and Wicked Spanish For The Traveler by Howard Tomb. Ciao and enjoy!