Il Mio Appartamento
Living in Torino has been amazing. It is such a beautiful city filled with friendly people and extraordinary history. Most buildings that complete the city of Torino are lined with shops on the first floor and then each floor above is home to an Italian. An assignment for my Elementary Italian Language course was to write about my apartment. Below is a little description with the translation:
Abito in via Genova, centotre. Il mio appartamento ha tre camere. Il mio appartamento è al terzo piano. Non ha un balcone. Il salotto e la cucina sono nella stessa stanza. Il mio appartamento è piccolo e il bagno è molto piccolo. Amo il mio appartamento perchè è comodissimo. Il mio appartamento ha tre grandi finestre. Il palazzo è piccolo e ha tre piani. C’è un negozio di arredamento casa al primo piano. Ho due vicini di casa al terzo piano.
I live on via Genova, 103. My apartment has three rooms. My apartment is on the third floor. It has no balcony. The living room and the kitchen are in the same room. My apartment is small and the bathroom is very small. I love my apartment because it is comfortable. My apartment has three big windows. The building is small and has three floors. There is a house decorating shop on the first floor. I have two neighbors on the third floor.
Continuing off of my short description…in Torino, I live quite close to school. There were three options when deciding on housing: near school, midtown and downtown. The entire USAC group is spread throughout the city of Torino in these various parts. I chose to live near school, originally thinking I might be in a dorm on campus. The university is nothing like the one I am used to back in Toledo. The various colleges, such as the business college, are placed all over the city. The business college, SAA, is one floor and very small compared to Stranahan which not only has a north and south building but also multiple floors. Walking to and from school is around a five minute walk from my apartment. Nearly every morning, Monday through Thursday, I walk over around 8:50am to get to my 9 o’clock class. There are no dorms anywhere in sight; everyone lives in an apartment around the city. The apartments vary significantly. I have seen quite a few apartments and each one is different from the other. For me, I only have one roommate and my apartment is very small. We share the same bedroom and bathroom. Others have multiple roommates and some have their own rooms. Of course the more roommates the bigger the apartment, but our apartment is very unique from the rest. Most have balconies, and those with balconies usually have two. I live on the top floor of the building and the roof cuts off half our ceiling. The ceiling is slanted and giant logs cut across. It is quite odd and I hit my head on them almost every week. In both mine and my roommate’s opinion: we have the worst apartment out of all the students studying abroad. Still, I love my apartment because I think it is cute and cozy.
Around my apartment building there is a pizzeria (with Wi-Fi), a gelateria (Pianeta Gelato – Planet Gelato), and a home décor shop which is on the first floor of my apartment building. I go to both the pizzeria and gelateria at least once a week. Immediately to the right of my apartment building’s front door is a newspaper/magazine shop or ‘La Stampa’ (which shouldn’t be confused with a place that sells stamps). My apartment building has giant doors which both can be opened up to let residents’ cars in and out. Every day I’ll walk through the giant door up the “driveway” and around the corner all the way up, up, up the stairs to the top floor.
Entering my little apartment, I am immediately in my living room, kitchen, laundry room, and closet. When first walking in, there are two sofas and an armchair in the left corner. Next to the armchair is the kitchen table surrounded by four chairs. Immediately next to the table is a chest of drawers filled with kitchen ware: plates, cups, forks, knives, and other utensils. Awkwardly facing the chest of drawers is the washer machine and immediately to the right of that is the kitchen sink and then the oven and stove. To the right of the oven is the small hallway with the doors to the bathroom and bedroom. Still in the kitchen, on the right wall is the refrigerator and then to the right a giant wardrobe-thing with three sort-of closets. The left is filled with my clothes, the middle we have made into a pantry filled with food, and the right is filled with my roommate’s clothes. Now in the tiny bathroom there is a sink, toilet, a bidet, and the bathtub on the left respectively. The bathtub lines the back wall and the awkwardly slanted ceiling prevents any standing while in the tub and therefore only taking a bath is acceptable. The bedroom is decent sized and simple. Two beds with a chest of drawers between them and night tables on the other side. A cute couch with an unfortunate stain on it lines against the wall and our drying rack stands to the right of it under the window. That completes the tour of my apartment in Torino and gives the basic outline. Below is the rest of my description completed for my class and its translation:
Davanti al mio appartamento ci sono dei negozi. Dentro il mio appartamento ci sono della sedie e un tavolo. Ci sono due divani e una poltrona accanto al tavolo. Vicino all’armadio c’è una lavatrice e un forno. Vicino alla cucina c’è il bagno. A destra dei bagno c’è la camera de letto. Dentro la camera de letto ci sono dei letti e dei comodini. A sinistra dei letti c’è una finestra.
In front of my apartment there are shops. Inside my apartment there are some chairs and a table. There are two sofas and one armchair next to the table. Near the wardrobe there is a washing machine and an oven. Near the kitchen is the bathroom. On the right of the bathroom there is the bedroom. Inside the bedroom there are some beds and some night tables. On the left of the beds there is a window.
- Amanda -