A while ago, I somewhat bravely (or was it foolishly?) decided to take myself off to Italy for 3 months to learn Italian. Given my Italian was limited to Ciao and Cappuccino, there were bound to be some hiccups along the way, the question was simply, how many…. My first stop was Venice, in January, on a student budget of €30/day… Not surprisingly it started badly. The language school had arranged for me to stay with an Italian couple & I very foolishly assumed that they would speak some English.