I was a pupil by accident. It was the year 2007, 12 years younger. I was always studying something new, usually a language. I had my 12 years of learning Russian behind me in evening classes, another 2 years of arabic and decided enough was enough until a friend told me that she did not want to complete her Italian course, because she no longer had the time. She was only half way through and said I could continue for her, knowing that I had dabbled in Italian in my younger years.
I thought it over. This was not a beginner’s class, but already in the third year, although based on my theory that if you do not know the word in Italian just add an “a”, “o” or “e” to the english word and you have success. My theory was basically correct, but italian grammar was naturally completely different to english grammar especially in an advanced class. However, I joined this advanced class and scraped along for two years. I am sure Cicero would have been proud of me.
I can still get by with my Italian knowledge today using the a, o and e forumula and if it is a plural word add an “i”. As a golden oldie today, I no longer embark on such adventures. I am a permanent pupil in learning the Swiss German language and Mr. Swiss still corrects me after 50 years of marriage.