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Archive for January, 2010

Smog Blog Posted by on Jan 29, 2010

The word ‘smog’, as you can probably tell, is not an Italian creation, but we have certainly become experts at producing it! ‘Smog’ is an  amalgam of two English words: smoke, and fog, and was originally coined to describe the appalling, asphyxiating conditions in London when the smoke from thousands of coal fires, and factory chimneys combined…

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Colloquial Italian – 3: Proprio, Senz’altro, Volentieri Posted by on Jan 26, 2010

In my ‘Colloquial Italian’ blogs (see: Colloquial Italian – 1 and Colloquial Italian -2) I choose words that we Italians use all the time in everyday speech, but which are often overlooked in language classes and text books. Here then are another three words that you will hear a lot in Italy, and which, if you learn to…

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Cantanti Italiani Contemporanei – Teresa De Sio Posted by on Jan 23, 2010

Teresa De Sio is an outstanding cantautrice (singer-songwriter) firmly rooted in the Italian folk tradition. Her distinctive powerful and passionate voice, which combines typical Neapolitan folk tonality with refined contemporary overtones, is instantly recognizable. Born in Napoli on the third of November 1955, De Sio initially contemplated becoming an actress, the chosen career of her…

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Numeri Ordinali Posted by on Jan 20, 2010

Numeri ordinali (ordinal numbers) indicate, as the name suggests, order, succession, or classification. These numbers are regular adjectives, and therefore change gender and pluralize depending on the noun to which they refer. The following list shows the ordinal numbers in their masculine singular form: primo – first secondo – second terzo – third quarto – fourth quinto – fifth sesto –…

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Più o di più? Posted by on Jan 17, 2010

Sometimes readers ask me questions which I feel are better answered with a new blog because they deal with important grammatical points. I was recently asked the question: “what is the difference between ‘più’ and ‘di più’?” Probably the best way to illustrate the difference between the two is with a few examples: “Mario ha studiato di…

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