During their first week studying abroad in Italy, Umbra students filled the Coop supermarket on one of their first class outings during Intensive Italian Week, completing activities for their Italian classes including learning new food vocabulary as well as practicing speaking with store employees. During this excursion, students learned both how to utilize Perugia’s unique form of public transportation, the Minimetrò, to get to the supermarket, and how to navigate an Italian grocery store with ease.
“Being in a country you don’t know, it’s easy to be intimidated,” said Umbra student Giselle Olaguez. “Giuliano [my Italian teacher] helped us learn how to navigate around Perugia using the Minimetrò to explore parts of Perugia we haven’t seen yet.”
At the supermarket, students weighed fruits and vegetables using the Italian system, learned how to order different types of meat from a store employee, and found the translations for different types of food.
“It added to the holistic experience of not only being in the classroom but also being outside, pushing us to be a little bit more outside of our comfort zone,” Giselle said. “As I was walking around and looking for certain items in the store, I started picking up on other words as well. It really helped expose us to new vocabulary and added a meaningful experience to our learning here.”
Good luck to our students as they continue to explore Perugia and use the vocabulary and skills they learned during Intensive Italian Week!