Buone feste e altri aggiornamenti (Happy Holidays and other updates)

Ciao a tutti!

I am sure that many of you noticed that #PdG has been quiet since the summer. I want to apologize too all the followers of the site for my absence.

2019 was a tough year, both personally and professionally. I won’t bog you down with the bad news, but the good news is that I passed my comprehensive examinations for my doctorate and successfully defended my dissertation proposal. I achieved candidacy this August, and I have begun teaching my own classes. Needless to say, I have been quite busy doing a lot of teaching, research, and writing.

I plan to resume #PdG in January 2020 in a way that works both for my future academic career as well as maintain my hobby and love for my Italian heritage. #PdG has helped me to connect to my “roots,” and learning Italian has been an adventure that I want to continue. However, I will be going onto the job market soon, and I need to put a lot of time and energy into finding work as I finish up my PhD, and I need to make sure that the site provides a proper balance with professional and personal imperatives that consume a lot of my life’s bandwidth.

I want to shift gears a bit on the site and return to help users build their vocabulary and improve reading comprehension. I want to return to introducing users to new words and phrases that I encounter through Italian literature, film, music, and the daily news. We also have two final volumes coming out from our “Piccole Guide” series: one on pronouns and another on vocabulary building.

Thank you for your patience as I (re)organize my life and gear up for an exciting 2020! I wish all of you a safe and happy holiday season and a happy new year!