Thank you to dear Nadège from Paris for your encouragement regarding my impossible goal. Your nichè is much needed!!! AND….as if my goal doesn’t set my stomach churning enough, I have decided to tweak it by saying my 15-minute conversation with a native speaker will take place, not over Skype, but in Italy!! Why not? If I’m gonna be tongue-tied, flushed, and sweaty I might as well be so in Italy!!