Amy's experience studying Italian
(Image: Amy Lui in Italy)
Amy Lui fell in love with Italy after visiting on her own as a way to celebrate graduating high school. It inspired the Bachelor of Commerce student to study Italian as breadth and learn more about the country’s culture.
“I always love travelling and learning about different cultures,” she says. “I was intrigued to find out more about Italy and I thought learning the language would open the door to immersing myself in Italian culture.”
The class structure has been one of Amy’s favourite parts of her studies.
“I really enjoyed the rapport in my Italian tutes with my tutor and my fellow classmates. The topics were interesting and close to our daily life. You don’t need to worry about making mistakes and you can ask questions any time throughout our classes, so I could feel my progression over the semester.”
There’s also lots of support amongst students – many of whom are studying the language for the first time.
“I made some great friends from my tutes and we are still in touch,” Amy says. “We formed study groups to go over the assigned homework and practise speaking Italian regularly. It is really fun to engage with my classmates outside of tutes and get to know them better”.
Even though her semester on exchange to Milan was cancelled due to COVID-19 travel restrictions, Amy is still committed to developing her Italian language skills.
“I would love to keep learning and getting involved with the Italian community,” she says. “I would like to dedicate more time to embracing Italian music, shows and books and to integrate Italian seamlessly as part of my life.”