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Storia all’Incontrario – The Upside-Down Tale Posted by on Jul 31, 2020

This is an Italian story called “The Upside-Down Tale” written by Noemi Fabbri for a children’s school in Castel San Pietro Terme, a small commune in the metropolitan city of Bologna. I found it online through a site called Nenanet where there are many other stories and fables written in Italian, so check it out for…

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A Virtual Trip – Ravenna Posted by on Jul 23, 2020

Un Viaggio Virtuale – Ravenna Ciao ai miei cari lettori!  Considering the current ban on travel to Europe for American residents (anyone else have canceled summer plans?) I thought we could partake in un viaggio virtuale, insieme! Andiamo a Ravenna!  Ravenna, located in the Emilia-Romagna region of Northern Italy, is considered an inland city yet is…

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Insomma, Italia ti amo! Posted by on Jul 16, 2020

Passeggiare tra i sentieri nascosti di posti magici. Stroll through the hidden paths of magical places. Ciao a tutti amici miei! Oggi mi sento un po’ più poetica rispetto al solito e quindi vi parlerò di una cosa che mi ha colpito subito, dal primo istante in cui ho posato il piede sul suolo italiano…

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Ennio Morricone – An Italian Legend Posted by on Jul 8, 2020

Ennio Morricone – Un Mito Italiano  Ieri ci lascia un genio, un mito della musica, un grande vanto dell’Italia, Ennio Morricone. Il compositore aveva 91 anni.  Yesterday a genius left us, a musical legend, a great pride of Italy, Ennio Morricone. The composer was 91 years old, and died as a result of complications from…

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Italian Tongue Twisters Posted by on Jul 3, 2020

Tongue twisters, scioglilingua in Italian, are always a fun and challenging way to improve your language skills. As kids I am sure all of you challenged yourself and your friends to repeat some common English tongue twisters. It is a great way to practice both pronunciation as well as clear and speedy speech. Vi sfido…

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Indirect and Direct Object Pronouns Posted by on Jun 28, 2020

Oh, pronouns! Last week we saw them in certain expressions. This week, let’s take a look at indirect and direct object pronouns in more detail. Learning these little important tidbits in any language always seems to be a bit of a pain, and in Italian it’s no different. But without them we would sound repetitive…

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Il vocabolario – fare shopping Posted by on Jun 21, 2020

Ciao a tutti! Depending on where you are located, stores may just be beginning to open back up after the pandemia, so here is some fare shopping vocabulary. Here in the US, we like to say we are “just browsing”. In Italy you would either say “vorrei dare un’occhiata” or “vorrei guardare un po‘.” Italians…

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