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The Ferrari Dream

Congratulations to Paddy Cunningham on winning the GRAND PRIZE of Mail Bag Contest II!

Paddy loves Italian, Italy and most of all, Ferrari! He even got to tour the Ferrari factory! This only spurred on his love for all things Italian and motivated him further to learning Italian.

Have a look at the mail he sent us:

“My love for Italy and all things Italian started many years ago and it
all began where many dreams begin. A dream of some day owning a

I had been to Italy many times to watch Grand Prix and then in 2005
I won a trip to vist the Ferrari factory. On that trip I met a very
nice Italian Lady. Life does not always turn out the way we plan it
and I never managed to get the Ferrari, but I did get the girl.

I only knew a couple of Italian words such as ‘Aqua’ and ‘Grazie’ and
so on and learning a language was very intimidating for me. But in
August 2007 I decided to give it a try and found the first 6 months were
very hard and I gave up many times, but then in April 2008 I discovered

Paddy, lover of Italy, Ferrari and ItalianPod101!

Although I tried a number of other Italian podcasts, I found that was easily the best, the lessons were presented in a way which was very efficient and easy to learn. I wanted to increase my vocabulary as much as possible and it is a great help to listen to audio lessons on my iPod whenever I am on-the-go. I am not looking to have a degree in Italian or to write or speak perfect Italian but I do want to be able to communicate in Italian with native speakers. That’s why I still get a great degree of satisfaction when I see my steady progress as I learn Italian using

There is an old saying, ‘There is no such thing as a bad student, just
a bad teacher.’

I do not regard myself as a good student by any stretch of the
imagination, but I am sure that if can teach someone
like me Italian, then it is a very good teacher!”

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