Italians linger over coffee, interrupt one another constantly and have even been known to take their babies to bars, says Patrizia Argentieri, the Italian-language teacher at Alta House. "You can go to a bar and have an ice cream," she offers. "It can be family oriented." Long story short, Italians like to relax and enjoy life. Argentieri should know. She moved to the U.S. from the Marche region of Italy 15 years ago, which makes her a great guide to learning what she describes as a "beautiful, musical and difficult language." If you can't squeeze in her six-week Italian class ($75), which begins Aug. 31, here are three quick lessons that can help you fit in with native speakers.