Is it possible to transform a journey into an experience where you discover a new language and culture different from ours? Above all, is it possible to truly remember all the things that we learned while traveling?
I have been asking myself these questions for a long time and Tourlallà is the answer. With Tourlallà, you will be able to collect new words, pieces of conversations and get your eyes and heart full of breathtaking views and a new culture, all while learning a new language.
Tourlallà has been created by me. My name is Serena Franco but, for many years now, people have been calling me Girandola*, and it’s not difficult to imagine why.
(*In Italian, this word means both pinwheel and wanderer)
I was born in the arms of narrow little streets in a small village, rich in history and culture in Southern Italy, pampered by the smells, colors and light of the Mediterranean Sea.
I have travelled and lived in three different continents. After years in Australia and Asia, I made port in the torrid heat and among the bright colors of Colombia. There, in the explosive chaos of the Colombian Caribbean, I worked for 5 years in designing, conceiving and organizing courses and activities to promote the Italian language and culture. After all these years spent in contact with people from all corners of the world, I have understood the true unexpressed potential of a language.
A Language is words, culture, changing times: languages are an expression of habits, relationships and all that we are now.
A different, fun and practical way to learn a language? Absolutely!
The approach taken by the vast majority of language courses in circulation is often distant or removed from real life, repetitive, boring and offers no interactions with a flesh and blood human being, but only with an app or a website.
With Tourlallà the process of learning a new language becomes part of a new way of travelling.
Concrete, human, immediate and engaging.
I deeply believe that journeys are experiences which should give you something human and true to take back home with you. And languages are part of all this.