Any idiot can speak Italian, and lots of them do. The word idiot comes from the Greek root idios and means of a particular person, private, own. In Latin, an idiota simply refers to a private person. You see this root in the words idiom and idiosyncrasy.
Beware of the idiots! Lame and suffering from a speech impediment, Claudius (10 B.C.-54 A.D.) is remembered as a scholar and a competent administrator during the time he reigned. Against all odds, this “idiot” rose up to become Roman Emperor, making a fool of everyone.
The fact is, you’re not an idiot, or you wouldn’t be reading this book, now in its third edition—I have listened to my readers and students and have updated The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Learning Italian with a ...