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A Musical Quiz Posted by on Oct 20, 2017

Music can be a great way to learn a language … if you can manage to find the right songs. Here’s one by Annalisa Scarrone that’s not too abstract and contains some very useful grammar. In the lyrics below, see if you can spot all the instances of il congiuntivo (the subjunctive) and il futuro…

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Una Gita Culturale – Part 1 Posted by on Oct 19, 2017

Not long ago, Geoff was chatting with a couple of friends in the bar about the imminent arrival of winter and how to pass the time, “perchรฉ qua a Pontremoli, non succede un cavolo di niente!” We need to keep our brains alive somehow, said Geoff … how about we organise una gita culturale (a…

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La Lista Della Spesa Posted by on Oct 16, 2017

When you’re learning a language you need to use every opportunity to reinforce and internalise the grammar and vocabulary. Sometime, the most mundane of tasks can help you achieve this objective, such as writing una lista della spesa (a shopping list). Who knows, it might even make your shopping experience a little bit more fun!…

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Al Negozio Di Casalinghi Posted by on Oct 12, 2017

Today we’re going shopping in un negozio di casalinghi (a household goods store). Let’s see what we can find. Cliente: Buongiorno! Customer: Good morning! Negoziante: Buongiorno Signora! Desidera? Shopkeeper: Good morning Madam! How can I help you? Cliente: mi servirebbero i ricambi per la moka da tre. Customer: I need a change of parts for…

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Tutto A Posto? Posted by on Oct 9, 2017

Tutto a posto? is a phrase that you’ll hear all the time in Italy. It’s commonly used when friends and acquaintances meet each other: Ciao, come va … tutto a posto? Hi, how’s it going … everything okay? Well, that seems nice and straightforward, you say … so where’s the catch? The catch is that…

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