Yes, moving house can be extremely exciting. Especially if the move involves another country, another language and another culture. In 2013 I moved from Italy to Philadelphia. After all, I had been studying English since I was in elementary school, which was a long time ago. I graduated in English and Spanish Literature, studied in UK and used English at work every day since. And when my hubby told me: “I have a Dream” (like someone else) and that he was really taking into consideration to move abroad, I felt pretty ready for it. So, where is the problem?
Well, when we finally moved to Philly, which is another story to tell, I thought I was speaking a perfect English, with that posh Londonese flair. Instead, my Italian accent popped out every time I opened my mouth. People kept asking me to repeat words, showing their effort to figure out the origin of my accent. In a scale of frustration from 0 to 10, I almost got to the top.
After over 30 years of study, I have to admit that I have lost my battle against my Italian accent and I have started to accept it as part of me. After all, it is funny when someone tells me: “You have an accent, where are you from?” , with an intriguing smile on his face. It is a good way to start a conversation with people, to see what they think of Italy and of the Italians, to compare, to share experience, to learn. My Italian accent is not a burden. It is my key to enter the American life instead.
Yes, living America… the Italian way!