Speedy Italian lessons over drinks in Rome

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Wine can loosen you up to speak the truth, not only in your language but in others. Just ask the 154,000-odd members of the Facebook group, Alcohol improves my foreign language! Or stop by Rome's mateBar on a Thursday evening, where native English and Italian speakers gather for an aperitivo organized by Extreme Language Exchange. (It, too, has a Facebook group.)

Taking a cue from speed dating, this language exchange pairs up participants for 10 minutes at a time—five spent chatting in English and five in Italian. Then it's on to the next partner (ciao, bella!). No previous knowledge of Italian required.

Sign up in advance at extremelanguage.net, and show up at 7:30 p.m. at mateBar, via Benedetta 17, in the Trastevere neighborhood. Upcoming exchanges are on November 25, December 3, December 10, and December 17.

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