Familiar food. A favorite pillow. And particularly our ability to communicate effectively. As a mono-lingual traveler (with a few basic words in other languages) I am envious of those who seem to master languages with ease, who can dig deeper into a culture by exploring it through the local language.
This is one of the reasons I decided to spend a month in a rural town in Italy, studying the language and seeing how I would fare in interactions with the locals.
Catching the Gist, a new essay published last week by World Hum, is the result of this time spent in a mountain village in Campania. Click on the link to find out how I fumbled towards an answer of communicating with my new neighbors.