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La Pasta Fritta Di Zia Maria Posted by on Jun 21, 2018

I sat there for a few minutes thinking: which recipe symbolizes summer for me? Without doubt it has to be la pasta fritta! Two layers of crunchy spaghetti enclosing slices of hard boiled eggs and juicy aubergines, fresh tomato sauce and basil leaves: a symphony of textures and flavours! June, early 1970’s, schools are closed,…

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A Few More Bodies – English Translation Posted by on Jun 18, 2018

Dear readers, as quite a few of you have requested an English translation of the latest chapter of our detective story … eccola! Story by Serena, English translation by Geoff Ispettore Augusto: “Allora Tenente, sono finalmente arrivati i risultati del test del DNA?” Inspector Augusto: “Well Lieutenant, have the results of the DNA test finally…

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A Few More Bodies Posted by on Jun 15, 2018

After last chapter’s diversion to l’isola di Montecristo, we’re back at police HQ, where we find Inspector Augusto and Tenente Ciceri continuing to investigate the Strange Case of the Irregular Body. You can read all the previous chapters by clicking on the following links: Chapter 1: The Strange Case Of The Irregular Body Chapter 2:…

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Using The Passato Prossimo – An Exercise Posted by on Jun 13, 2018

In my article Using The Passato Prossimo In Italian – Part 1 we looked at the basic rules for constructing the passato prossimo (present perfect). Here’s an exercise that will help you gauge your abilities. Fill in the gaps in the Italian sentences below. 1. A Trip to Rome Marco: Giovanni went to Rome last…

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Using The Passato Prossimo In Italian – Part 1 Posted by on Jun 12, 2018

Il passato prossimo, known as the present perfect in English, is not a particularly complex construction. The key lies in knowing which auxiliary verb to use: essere or avere. In today’s article, rather than talking about the often confusing topic of transitive and intransitive verbs and how they affect the choice of which auxiliary to…

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