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 Italian General Knowledge Quiz Posted by on Aug 26, 2016

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Are you ready to test your knowledge of Italian culture and history? Here are 19 tricky questions divided into 4 categories. See how many you can get right. We’ll publish the answers next week Names 1. Which contemporary Italian sculptor, famous for his bronze spheres, is named after a fruit? 2. What was the nickname…

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Communicate Posted by on Aug 24, 2016

Here’s a group of verbs appertaining to communication. They’re fairly straightforward in themselves, but what can be confusing is the fact that most of them use the preposition ‘a‘ (to) or ‘con‘ (with), even when they don’t in English. A small group, however, don’t use a preposition. Remember: when the preposition ‘a‘ is followed by…

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Treading Grapes Posted by on Aug 22, 2016

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I recently asked my Italian friend and student of English, Stefano, to practice his English by writing about some of his childhood memories for me. I liked what Stefano wrote so much that I asked him to rewrite it in his mother tongue so that I could share it with you. Here are a few…

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Expressing Your Needs In Italian – Part 2 Posted by on Aug 19, 2016

In my previous post we looked at three ways of expressing necessity in Italian: occorrere, bisogna and bisogno. Today we’re going to continue the theme with three more common forms. servire = to need servire is only used in the third person singular (serve) and plural (servono). Examples: per fare il cemento serve la sabbia…

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Expressing Your Needs In Italian – Part 1 Posted by on Aug 17, 2016

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A reader recently asked me if I could shed some light on the different forms that we use to express necessity. The best way to understand how we use these forms is by looking at practical examples. Allora, cominciamo! occorrere = to need the verb occorrere is only used in the third person, both singular…

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