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A reader commented on the Expat Report Culture Shock in Rome, Italy
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Do you have any advice or thoughts about culture shock you would like to share?
Please don't compare your new culture to your own - there's a reason you left yours - so embrace the differences! Learn the language as soon as possible - immerse yourself in it, make friends with the locals, send your kids to the local school, learn local recipes and customs - you will get so much more out of the culture that way!!! (Continue)
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I went through the same experience. I was shoved into an Italian grade school when I was five, I had just landed in Italy. Didn't speak a word in Italian at first, by the third trimester my grade in Italian was higher than those of my native classmates!!! And today of course I teach Italian. Girlfriend, you're not making a strong enough effort to learn the language; with the internet there are no longer any excuses. I suggest that you start using http://www.wordreference.com/it on a daily basis. They have a menu`a tendina (drop-down menu) with four categories: Italiano-Inglese, Inglese-Italiano, Italian definition, Italian verb conjugation. Use all four of them!!!!
A reader replied recently with:
I only made it to the rejection phase. Im still frusterating about having tried so hard to learn the language and still isnt going my way.this is something i emersed myself from day one. You not knowing the language still makes me think its impossible
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A reader commented on the Expat Report Having a Baby in Rome, Italy
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Describe your experience giving birth there. What type of facility did you go to? What (if any) type of pain management did you use? How long did you stay in the hospital? Was it a positive experience? Etc...
It was really positive experience. I gave birth to my daughter to one of the largest public hospitals of Rome - Gemelli and I definitely recommend it to everybody. It is free, delivery room is private and huge with a toilet and shower etc. There was 5 members of the staff with me, including 2 students on practice. Everyone was really nice, caring and professional. As I had a spontaneous birth-giving, I couldn't use any anesthesia, so no experience there. But a couple of weeks before, I had a meeting with anesthesiologist in the same hospital, signed all the papers, and had all things explained, really useful. Almost all doctors there are English-speaking, such a relief! The maternity rooms are semi-private, with a toilet and the shower, and the nursery is next-door. They taking the babies away only for the tests and for the night, from 12 till 6, but if you'll ask, the nurses will leave the baby with you the whole night. The nurses are professional and helpful, you can always ask for the help in changing, brest-feeding etc. (Continue)
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Dear Linades, I'm in the early stages of pregnancy and going to be meeting with an OB next week who delivers at Gemelli. It'll be our first child (they're actually twins, yay) and I have lots of questions. If you (or anyone else reading this comment) would be so kind as to drop me a personal note, I'd be grateful to ask you a few things that are on my mind. My name is Kim, I can be reached at lombardy.villa@gmail.com Thank you so much!
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Expat Report Info about Expats living in Rome in Rome, Italy was published
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Describe your group.
Every Tuesday night Expats living in Rome an international social network for fun professionals living and working in Rome meet up. Our next meet up click here www.expatslivinginrome.com (Continue)
A reader commented on the Expat Report Info about MEETIN ROME in Rome, Italy
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Describe your group.
ENGLISH The MEETinROME group's primary focus is to provide a relaxed, 'non-pickup-scene' social environment for people to enjoy without paying membership fees. If you just moved to Rome or if you have lived here for a while, this group can be a great way to meet new people in the area. Join us for happy hours, camping, hiking, clubbing, art gallery tours, barbecues, ski trips and many other social events around the Rome area. MEETin.org is 100% free and 100% volunteers.

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L'obiettivo principale di MEETin è quello di creare, senza alcuna quota di iscrizione, occasioni di incontro amichevoli, informali e non per rimorchiare. Se ti sei appena trasferito a Roma, o se sei originario di qui, questo gruppo sarà un'ottima occasione per incontrare nuova gente. Potrai partecipare a "happy-hours", campeggi, escursioni, serate in discoteca, visite a musei, picnic, gelati e a molti altri eventi sociali a Roma e nelle sue vicinanze. MEETin.org è 100% gratuito e 100% volontario. (Continue)

A reader replied most recently with:
hi i have just moved to Rome from London and looking for a group just like this.
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Expat Report Review of St. Stephen's School in Rome, Italy was published
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How would you describe the facilities at this school? What extra-curricular activities are available?
The school grounds are lovely. There is outdoor space and the classroom and meeting areas are updated. There is no official sports program offered.

The boarding accommodations in the school building are very nice. Teachers live with the students and they are well supervised.

Students may graduate with a good foundation in Italian as well as another language, if they choose to take the available optional instruction, but all other classes are taught in English.

There are many opportunities for the students to participate in after school activities, and there are travel opportunities during the school year as well. The options for travel are extensive both in Italy and elsewhere. Each year different locations are offered.

Art history classes are available that take advantage of the school's setting in Rome, but there is surprisingly little available in the way of studio art.

There is a small dance program available, however, the music and theater options could be improved. (Continue)

Expat Report Moving to Rome, Italy was published
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What advice would you give someone preparing to move to your area about the actual move, choosing a neighborhood and finding a home?
The experience of living in the Eternal City can't be beat. The food is fantastic. Fresh pasta is divine. However, the Italian way of life is very different than that of the US way of life. At times, you will be frustrated and upset. For example, imagine going to the supermarket for days on end and there is no milk or fresh produce because there is a transportation strike going on. All notions of right and wrong do not exist here especially when driving. Italians will honk at you if you are going too slowly and they want to pass you or if you pause to wait for a pedestrian to cross the street you will be yelled at and honked at for not attempting to swerve around the pedestrian. My advice is to try to always remain calm and practice patience. If life gets too exasperating, go have a cappucino or better yet, get some good pizza and pasta and tackle your problem the next day. Another good tip, learn Italian. Make Italian friends who can help you overcome any difficulties. (Continue)
Expat Report Info about American International Club of Rome in Rome, Italy was published
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Describe your group.
This is a professional / social club which holds a vast array of events ranging from top level speakers to strickly social events such as wine tastings. We provide assistance to newcomers, and offer an excellent opportunity for networking with others in the club and community at large. (Continue)

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