Katy

Welcome to my Year Abroad Blog I am a French and Italian student at the University of Bath and I’m spending my third year of studies abroad. I’ll be spending September-January in Aix-en-Provence, South of France and February-July in Naples, South of Italy. In both countries I will be studying at universities. This blog documents my journeys, experiences, friendships, highs and lows under posts headed with a new word I’ve learnt in the target language, or a word that best describes that experience. I’ll be updating the blog daily (as far as possible), with some longer and some shorter entries. As always with languages, who knows what I'll learn!

  • Bugiardo/bugiardona

    This means liar, and a friend of mine in class called me a bugiardona (female variant) when we were talking about how often I go to the beach. I was actually being honest with him because I do go out...

  • Ingenua

    Ingenuo means naïve, but I put it in the feminine form because that is exactly what I am. I love talking to people and I don’t get to talk to many genuine people here so I like to give everyone...

  • Roma !

    Today I went to Rome which was AMAZING!!! I only managed to get there for a few hours, because I had booked a coach but the metro to get the station was an hour and twenty mins late (Naples…) so...

  • Gesto

    Today on the train a man was talking to me about Naples and he seemed really proud of his city so I lied and said it was perfect here, and we got talking about the language. He told me amusingly...

  • Urtare

    Urtare means “to bump” and I learnt this after experiencing first-hand the craziness of Neapolitan traffic. I know they are crazy; red lights mean absolutely nothing even if you are halfway through crossing a road, and one way systems have...

  • Sciopero

    This means strike. Today after Uni I was greeted by flares and armed police as the taxi drivers of Naples were striking and holding a protest down the main road by the university. I didn’t hang around to see why...

  • Cattiva

    Today I was waiting at the station and a man approached me asking for money. If you stand too still or even hesitate around the station you will be approached by someone. He was being aggressive about it, and I...

  • Scottatura

    This means sunburn! I somehow managed to sunburn my eyelids today, which is a really bizarre feeling and I’m not quite sure how that happened but the rest of my face is okay. Naples is certainly hot; it has rained...

  • Cinquecento

    Learning a course in another language will always be interesting, but I questioned I was even in the right class when my Modern History teacher was referring to Cinquecento, which means 500. Naturally, I thought he meant the year 500AD,...

  • Fra

    Fra is Neapolitan for Fratello, or brother; kind of like we would say “bro” or something in English. I learnt this from our two friends we met on the beach, and they are genuinely nice people who don’t have an...