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La Festa del Ringraziamento – Thanksgiving Posted by on Nov 24, 2021

Ciao a tutti!  Tomorrow is La Festa del Ringraziamento! Of course, this is only celebrated in the USA, but many cultures have been celebrating harvests for centuries. Did you know that the Romans also celebrated a large annual harvest? This festival was called Cerelia, which honored Ceres, the goddess of agriculture, grain, and fertility. (And yes…

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In banca – At the bank Posted by on Nov 19, 2021

Ciao a tutti! Big news: I’ve moved to Europe and so I’ve been spending a lot of time with some administrative tasks lately. One of which included opening a bank account, so let’s read about some banking vocabulary in Italy. La maggior parte delle banche chiede:  documento di identità codice fiscale  In alcuni casi può…

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Feeling sick (reading practice) Posted by on Nov 12, 2021

Ciao a tutti! Below you will find some reading practice and some vocabulary around feeling sick and speaking to a doctor/pharmacist. Buona lettura! _________________________________________________________________ Thomas si sente male ed entra in una farmacia. Dopo aver parlato con la farmacista, decide di chiamare l’ambulatorio medico e di prendere un appuntamento. Farmacista: Buongiorno, come posso aiutarLa? Thomas…

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Answers – Relative Pronouns Quiz Posted by on Nov 5, 2021

Ciao a tutti! Last week we saw a quiz about relative pronouns. Vediamo adesso le risposte – let’s see the answers now (translation is below): ____________________________________________ Conosci il signore che è entrato nel bar? Come si chiama l’aperitivo che avete ordinato? Quello che studi è difficile da imparare? Chi capisce i relativi è bravo! Non…

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Quiz on Relative Pronouns Posted by on Oct 29, 2021

Ciao a tutti!  Relative pronouns (pronomi relativi) introduce a subordinate clause and represent persons or things mentioned previously. They can function as either subject or object pronouns. The most common relative pronouns are: che – who, that, which chi – who cui (with prepositions a cui, di cui, son cui… ecc) – whom, which quello…

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Alitalia addio Posted by on Oct 22, 2021

Alitalia addio! Farewell Alitalia! Avete sentito le novità? Did you hear the news? Alitalia is no more. It has since been replaced by ITA – Italia Trasporto Aereo – following the closure of in bancarotta (bankrupt) Alitalia last week, October 14. Unfortunately Alitalia has been in the “red” for 10 years, so the writing has been…

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Il Colosseo – The Colosseum Posted by on Oct 15, 2021

Il Colosseo – The Colosseum Ciao a tutti!  I was reading la Repubblica recently and I saw this interesting headline: Undicenne scappa da scuola, ritrovato a Roma dai carabinieri: “Volevo vedere il Colosseo” “11 year old escapes from school, found in Rome by the carabinieri “I wanted to see the Colosseum.” Apparently he asked the…

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