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Archive for December, 2009

Indovinello Fotografico Posted by on Dec 15, 2009

Here’s a seasonal photo quiz for you. By seasonal I don’t mean Christmas, we are fortunate enough to escape the pre-Christmas frenzy where we live! Here in the wintery hills of Lunigiana it’s business as usual for the contadini (peasant farmers), for there is still important work to be done on the land. Below are a couple of…

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Verbs Followed by the Preposition ‘a’ Posted by on Dec 12, 2009

In my previous article Che or Il Quale I promised you a list of common verbs that are normally followed by the preposition a (to). This preposition is used with the indirect object of verbs such as dare (to give), e.g. Laura ha dato un libro a Giorgio (Laura gave a book to Giorgio). It…

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Che or Il Quale? Posted by on Dec 9, 2009

A couple of readers have asked me recently to explain the difference between the pronomi relativi (relative pronouns) che and il quale / la quale (both meaning ‘who’, ‘which’, and ‘that’). Va bene, proviamoci! Che This is the most common form of relative pronoun. It is invariabile (unchangeable), therefore it stays the same in the…

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Il Trasloco Posted by on Dec 6, 2009

In a recent post, I mentioned the enormous task which we have been undertaking di traslocare (of moving) my elderly parents to an apartment close to where we live. Mia mamma ha ottant’anni mentre mio babbo ne ha ottantotto ed anche se sono ancora abbastanza in gamba hanno bisogno di un po’ di aiuto. (My mum is eighty years old and…

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Word Lists – 2. Il Soggiorno Posted by on Dec 3, 2009

Questa è la seconda puntata della mia serie sulle liste di parole dedicate alla casa (this is the second part of my series of household word lists). If you missed part one, you can read it here: La Cucina. I’ve used a bigger type face for the Italian words so that you can print them…

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