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Archive for April, 2010

Bureaucratic Italian part 2, I tuoi Doveri Posted by on Apr 14, 2010

In the first part of this blog I explored some of the bureaucratic language found in a ‘health and safety at work’ leaflet. If you’ve studied that blog you will all be familiar with ‘I Tuoi Diritti’ (Your Rights), but, of course, as an employee you also have ‘I Tuoi Doveri’ (Your Duties). Let’s find…

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Bureaucratic Italian part 1, Conosci i tuoi Diritti? Posted by on Apr 11, 2010

Every now and then I write a blog  about ‘colloquial Italian’, explaining everyday language and expressions that you don’t normally find in grammar books and language classes. At the other end of the spectrum we have ‘bureaucratic Italian’, and although it won’t help you much if you want to fare due chiacchiere (have a chat)…

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Che Stanchezza! part 2 Posted by on Apr 7, 2010

In part 1 of this blog I looked at some of the expressions that we use to describe physical tiredness. Now let’s have a look at how we express mental tiredness. Listed below are four common ways of expressing mental tiredness, the familiar sensation that we get when our brain is beginning to grow numb…

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La Pastiera Napoletana Posted by on Apr 4, 2010

La Pastiera Napoletana is a traditional cake which is made in the Naples area and eaten on Easter day. It’s very rich and takes a lot of effort to make, but ‘ne vale davvero la pena’ (it’s really worth it). If you’re on a diet however, simply reading this recipe could be bad for you,…

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Che Stanchezza! part 1. Posted by on Apr 1, 2010

Now that the winter is drawing to a close (teniamo le dita incrociate -let’s keep our fingers crossed) all the plants are coming out of hibernation and are having a competition to see who can grow the fastest. So far l’erbaccia (the weeds) appear to be winning, in fact some of them are managing to…

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