I wrote an email to my new host family today...don't worry, I didn't use an online translation service other than for one word this time haha. This made it a pretty short email, though, because I do not know very much Italian. I wrote:
My name is Ellie Frye. How are you?
I am from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. I am an exchange student with AFS.
Do you speak English?
I would love to know about your family, the school that I will be attending, and your lives.
I have two dogs, do you have any animals?
I do not know very much Italian, I am sorry.
Ellie Frye (USA)"
So I hope that that is a more successful email than my last attempt. No talk about narcotics in this one though, that's a plus!
I am really looking forward to leaving. I'm almost at the one month mark!! That is crazy.