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Il Meteo–part 2 Posted by on Jul 30, 2011

In Il Meteo – part 1 we had a look a typical example of le previsioni del tempo – the weather report. When we talk about the weather in everyday conversation, however, we don’t normally use such fancy meteorological terminology and explanations. Let’s have a look at some common ways of discussing the weather. 1…

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Il Meteo – Part 1 Posted by on Jul 27, 2011

Le previsioni del tempo – literally the weather forecasts (N.B. we use the plural in Italian) is more commonly known as il meteo (think of the word meteorological). Like any specialized field, il meteo has its own particular vocabulary, which can be pretty daunting when all you want to know is whether it will be…

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Angelino Posted by on Jul 24, 2011

When we were children my mother taught us a little bed time prayer dedicated to l’Angelo Custode (the Guardian Angel), which went like this: Angelino bellino bellino, vieni e stammi sempre vicino, fammi buono come sei tu, e poi portami da Gesù. Beautiful beautiful little angel, come and stay always by my side, make me…

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Fa Male! Posted by on Jul 20, 2011

In a recent blog I discussed some alternative translations of the verb ‘fare’. See: Il Verbo Fare In this blog I’m going to look at one of the many idiosyncratic uses of fare. By combining fare with male (bad) we express the concept of ‘to hurt’. Let’s find out how it works with a few examples…

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Similitudini Posted by on Jul 17, 2011

A few days ago a reader wrote to me saying that he really enjoyed Italian similitudini (similes) such as cieco come una talpa (‘as blind as a mole’), and asked if I knew any more of them. Here is a list of some popular similitudini: dormire come un ghiro (‘to sleep like a dormouse’) furbo…

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Farfallina Bella Bianca Posted by on Jul 14, 2011

Learning a foreign language is hard work when you’re an adult! It’s always a humbling experience when, having diligently studied Italian for many years, you travel to Italy only to hear a group of four year olds playing together and speaking much better Italian than you! Non è giusto!  Well obviously those children have had…

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Zucchine alla Scapece Posted by on Jul 11, 2011

Zucchine, zucchine, e ancora zucchine. Ci pacciono tanto, ma ci sembra di non mangiare altro che zucchine in questi giorni. E pensare che di piante ne abbiamo soltanto tre! Questa è una bella sfida, e bisogna essere molto inventivi con le ricette. Eccone una tipica del Sud d’Italia, che ci piace molto: Zucchini, zucchini, and…

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