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The Foundlings – Nina’s Story Posted by on May 19, 2017

Here’s my translation of Serena’s recent article I Trovatelli – La Storia Di Nina: Nina è una gattina dolcissima dagli occhi bellissimi. Anche lei, come tutti i nostri mici, è una randagia del paese, che ha contribuito molto alla sopravvivenza della sua razza. Ora che non è più giovanissima (pensiamo che abbia 7 o 8…

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I Trovatelli – La Storia Di Nina Posted by on May 17, 2017

A few months ago I wrote a couple of blogs about how we found each member of our feline family. Well now we have a new entry: Nina, a beautiful sweet female cat, who was one of the village strays for several years until she came to us for help. Here’s her story: Nina è…

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Iroso, The Last Mule Soldier Posted by on May 15, 2017

Possibly the most famous corps of the Italian Army are the Alpini, the elite mountain troops which were formed back in in 1872. The Alpini, who are the oldest active mountain infantry in the world, are also well known for their indispensable companions, i muli (the mules), which were still in service up until the…

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A Poem For Mother’s Day Posted by on May 12, 2017

In Italy, on the second Sunday of May, we celebrate la Festa della Mamma (Mother’s Day). This is a fairly new festival, having been ‘imported’ into Italy from America after the Second World War. I’ve found a very appropriate poem for the occasion by Edmondo De Amicis (1846-1908) for his mother. It’s called Se Fossi…

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Il Congiuntivo Presente – An Exercise Posted by on May 10, 2017

Here’s an exercise to help you practice the use of the Italian present subjunctive. You can revise the conjugation of the present subjunctive in these two recent posts: Italian Present Subjunctive and Present Subjunctive of Irregular Verbs. At the end of each of these Italian sentences we’ve given the infinitive of the verb that needs…

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