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At The Fishmonger in Italy Posted by on Dec 2, 2016

Pesci. Roman mosaic.

Have ever tried to buy fish in Italy? Here’s an opportunity for you to work on your fish shopping vocabulary. The setting la pescheria del nostro amico Beppe (our friend Beppe’s fishmonger’s) The characters Serena, Geoff, Beppe il pescivendolo e sua moglie Gabriella (Serena, Geoff, Beppe the fishmonger and Gabriella, his wife) Serena e Geoff:…

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Combining Prepositions With Articles – Part 3. Posted by on Nov 30, 2016


In today’s exercise, we’re going to focus on combining the Italian definite articles il, lo, la, i, gli, and le (the) with the preposition ‘da‘ (from, to, by, since). We’ll begin by reviewing how we construct these preposizioni articolate (preposition/article combinations). This will be followed by an exercise that requires you to fill in the…

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In Your Own Way Posted by on Nov 28, 2016

If you’ve ever seen Quentin Tarantino’s film Django Unchained you’ll have heard the lovely voice of Italian singer songwriter Elisa performing the song ‘Ancora Qui’ by Ennio Morricone. Elisa Toffoli, better known simply as Elisa, was born in Trieste in north-eastern Italy. Growing up in the border area of Monfalcone, (only 15 km from Slovenia…

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Ode To An Odious Teacher Posted by on Nov 25, 2016


A few days ago I wrote a post in which I recounted a pleasant episode that took place when I was a 15 year old student at the Liceo Classico in Lucca. This was a very strict old fashioned school, in which the teachers never paid compliments to the students, but only put them down,…

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Our Italian Olive Harvest Posted by on Nov 23, 2016

Geoff harvesting olives by hand. Photo by Serena

November through to December is the period in which la raccolta delle olive (the olive harvest) takes place here in Toscana, and 2016 has turned out to be the year of our first ‘real’ olive harvest, even if on a fairly humble scale, as we were to find out. Harvesting Olives For the past few…

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