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Quiz -Comparitives and Superlatives Posted by on Oct 24, 2020

Ciao a tutti! Come state oggi? Spero che tutto vada bene e che siate tutti sani! I hope that everything is going well and that you are all healthy! Alcune settimane fa, a couple of weeks ago, I shared with you a blog going over the rules of comparatives and superlatives in Italian. Oggi vorrei farvi un…

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La Poesia – Poetry Posted by on Oct 16, 2020

Oggi, leggiamo un po’ di poesia italiana.  Ugo Foscolo was a famous poet, revolutionary, and writer from the 18th century. He is especially remembered for his 1807 poem called Dei Sepolcri, Of the Sepulchres, which you can read fully here. It is a 295 hendecasyllabic (line of 11 syllables) verse poem, so make sure you give yourself…

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Cos’è lo schwa? Posted by on Oct 9, 2020

Ciao di nuovo!  Cos’è lo schwa? What is the ‘schwa’? If you’re not a linguist, you probably have never heard or seen it. Merriam-Webster dictionary defines it as follows; an unstressed mid-central vowel (such as the usual sound of the first and last vowels of the English word America).  This sound is represented by the symbol…

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Italian Superlatives Posted by on Oct 3, 2020

Ciao a tutti! Last week we talked comparatives, and this week I want to talk about superlativi, superlatives! There are two types of superlatives: relative and absolute. Relative superlatives are comments about superlative qualities in relation to something else. For example, my sister is the youngest of the family, or Rome is the most beautiful…

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Italian Comparatives Posted by on Sep 25, 2020

Ciao a tutti!  Un po’ di grammatica italiana oggi, i comparativi in italiano!  There are two types of comparatives: comparativi di uguaglianza (equality) and comparativi di disuguaglianza (inequality). Let’s take a closer look at both: Comparativi di uguaglianza This type of comparative is used when comparing two things with similar qualities. In English, some examples would be…

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Il Siciliano Posted by on Sep 19, 2020

Ciao di nuovo!  Today, I want to talk about the language of Sicily: u sicilianu. Some people would simply say it is a dialect of Italian, some an accent, but really – it is a language itself that is now actually recognized by UNESCO. Like perhaps some of you, the first time I went to…

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Un incubo tutto italiano: la burocrazia Posted by on Sep 8, 2020

An Italian nightmare: bureaucracy Se siete stati in Italia, in fila ad un qualche ufficio postale, o comunale (che significa del Comune) vi sarà certamente capitato di avere davanti a voi un qualche cittadino, spesso anziano, lamentarsi della fila, e più in generale della “burocrazia italiana”. If you have ever been to Italy, in line at some post…

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