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Quiz Turistico Posted by on May 15, 2019

In last week’s blog, we looked at some vocabulary that’s useful for finding your way around in Italy. Here’s a quiz based on interpreting the replies that you may get to your inquiries. In this scenario, you’ve just arrived by rental car in the little country town of Pontremoli, Lunigiana. You need to find accommodation…

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La Parola Più Bella Posted by on May 9, 2019

On the second Sunday of May, like many other countries around the world, we celebrate la Festa della Mamma (Mothering Sunday). In Italy this festival was first introduced as a business enterprise in 1956 at Bordighera, a town situated on the Ligurian coast, famous for the commerce of ornamental flowers. La Festa della Mamma was…

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Finding Your Way Around In Italy Posted by on May 7, 2019

At this time of year many people are starting to dream of a summer vacation in Italy. Time to brush up on that rusty Italian vocabulary? These days, of course, English is spoken in all the big tourist hotspots, so those places don’t present much of a challenge. But if, like us, you prefer to…

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Is English Difficult for Italians? Posted by on May 2, 2019

“Italian is sooo complicated!” you say? So does that mean that English is easy for Italians? ASSOLUTAMENTE NO! Let’s find out why … The Italian language is very phonetic, and we learn from an early age how these simple rules of spelling work. Once you’ve learned them you have a pretty good idea how to…

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Confusing Similarities In Italian Words Posted by on Apr 25, 2019

Italian, confusing? Surely not! 🤔 The convolutions of Italian grammar can be overwhelming, but it’s often the subtleties that can be persistently confusing. Such as my two pet hates, two little groups of words that still occasionally trip me up after all these years. And I guarantee that they’ll trip you up as well, especially…

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L’Incontro – Part 2 – Translation Posted by on Apr 23, 2019

Here’s my translation of Serena’s tale about her parents romantic encounter. Come abbiamo detto, intorno al 1957 zio Bill si trovava a Bengasi come soldato dell’esercito britannico di stanza in Libia, che era diventata dominio britannico. Con lui c’erano la moglie Vicky, sorella di mia mamma, e i due figli, nati subito dopo il matrimonio…

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L’Incontro – Part 2 Posted by on Apr 18, 2019

In part 1, I described the events which set the stage for my parents’ romantic meeting in Benghazi, Libya. Here’s how it happened … Come abbiamo detto, intorno al 1957 zio Bill si trovava a Bengasi come soldato dell’esercito britannico di stanza in Libia, che era diventata dominio britannico. Con lui c’erano la moglie Vicky…

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