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La Gatta Ha Scoreggiato!!! Posted by on Jan 20, 2017

We were sitting in front of the computer, trying to find inspiration for the last blog of the week. We’d thought of translating a song by Fiorella Mannoia, but the lyrics turned out to be so abstract and metaphorical that it soon became evident that il gioco non valeva la candela (it wasn’t worth it).…

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Il Congiuntivo Dell’Onorevole Posted by on Jan 19, 2017

We all know that il congiuntivo (the subjunctive) is a tricky verbal form to use in Italian, and this is true not only for foreigners, but also for mother tongue Italian speakers. For this reason one’s ability to use the subjunctive or not is a real social class divider, here in Italy. We Italians really…

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The Steam Train Posted by on Jan 16, 2017

Here’s my English translation of last Friday’s blog Il Treno A Vapore. I’ve also included a few useful notes. Un vero treno a vapore, e per di piรน a Pontremoli! Non potevo credere ai miei occhi quando la mia amica Clara mi ha mandato una mail con il poster del Treno della Befana! A real…

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Il Treno A Vapore Posted by on Jan 13, 2017

Here’s a challenge for you: today’s blog is entirely in Italian. I’ll publish the English translation next Monday, which gives you the whole weekend to work on it! Un vero treno a vapore, e per di piรน a Pontremoli! Non potevo credere ai miei occhi quando la mia amica Clara mi ha mandato una mail…

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Like A Boss Posted by on Jan 11, 2017

Fabio Rovazzi is a young Milanese video maker who appeared out of nowhere in 2016 to release what was to become il tormentone estivo (the big summer hit) Andiamo A Comandare (Like A Boss). It became the first song ever to win il disco d’oro (the golden disc) solely by means of streaming, and went…

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