We’re gearing up for our big trip to Italy. Today I called the hotels to confirm our reservations. I spent a good 30 minutes practicing my: “Buongiorno, parla inglese?” Fred and I finally will be on equal footing. I might even have an advantage. Yes, his native language is a Latin-based romance language; but it’s been quite some time since he’s had to mime for his food and suffer the constant humiliation of speaking in public, a craft I’ve been honing for 18 months.