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J: Hello I'm Jody and welcome to the American Cafe.
Y: Jody, 听说你下星期是不是要到意大利去？
J: Yes and I can't wait! I just bought some new clothes for the trip but more importantly I'm learning a little Italian. Piacere!
J: Um, just a minute, (flipping through a book) hold on...
Y: Jody, 我看你以前一定没好好学你的意大利语。
J: You're absolutely right. I'll try harder.
J: Yes, I am of Italian heritage H-E-R-I-T-A-G-E, and most of my family comes from Italy.
J: I know, unfortunately, my father's mother and father...
J: ...right. only spoke English in the home.
J: I think during that era, that time period, it was very common for European immigrants to speak English.
J: But you know the best way to broaden your horizons is to learn a foreign language.
Y: 你说到"broaden your horizons"，你记不记得我们上次在意大利文化节上碰见到的那个女孩Diane?
J: Oh right, Dianne.
实录1: Diane: I'm Diane Adleberg and I live in Falls Church, Virginia. I'm on my second Italian class and I am not of Italian heritage but I love languages. And I think it's nice for Americans to broaden their horizons and learn a foreign language.
Y: 她说的"Broaden your horizons"就是扩大视野的意思。Diane说的没错，学外语就是一种扩大视野的好方法，因为你学了一种语言以后，就会自然而然地想学习这个国家的文化。
J: Exactly. And also, Yang Chen, traveling is another way to broaden your horizons and it's fun.
J: I hope so. (Speaking Italian), what do you think?
J: I don't think so, but thanks any way.
J: Maybe because it's so romantic!
Y: Sigh. 意大利语的确是非常浪漫。
J: And Diane speaks French already. But she said that she has always wanted to learn Italian because of an opera that she loves very much!
实录2: Diane: Well, I speak French already and I've always wanted to learn Italian because there's a particular opera that I love, La Traviata.
J: Diane gave us an example of her favorite aria in the opera La Traviata ...
J: What is "aria" in Chinese?
J: Again here is Diane.
实录3: Diane: I'll tell you how the aria to my favorite opera goes. It's: "Di provenze il mar il suol" And I've just always loved that aria.
J: "Di provenze il mar il suol" !!
J: I asked her to translate and she wouldn't. She said we would have to investigate.
实录4: Diane: You know I'm going to translate it for you because it's very poetic so you'll have to investigate.
J: Very poetic.
J: If we need to investigate, I guess we have to listen to it first. Here's the aria from La Traviata!
Y: Jody， 你听懂了吗？
J: Understand? No, not word. But it's so beautiful!
J: Thanks for joining us on American Cafe.
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