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Archive for September, 2011

Passato Prossimo – Le Soluzioni Posted by on Sep 30, 2011

Here are the solutions and translations for Wednesday’s exercise about the Passato Prossimo. I have also given an explanation of how to conjugate the key verbs used in the passato prossimo   1. Lo scorso fine settimana io e Geoff siamo andati a Siena, una delle nostre gite preferite. Per prima cosa abbiamo passeggiato per il…

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Passato Prossimo: un Ripasso Posted by on Sep 28, 2011

In a recent blog I looked at the difference in use between the two most common types of past tenses: Passato Prossimo (Present Perfect) and Imperfetto (Imperfect tense). Today I’m going to focus on the Passato Prossimo with a little exercise. Fill in the gaps in the following two short paragraphs with the correct form…

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Il Croccante Posted by on Sep 26, 2011

In my last blog about the Antichi Mestieri there was a photo of il banco dei dolci, which showed a cook making il croccante (literally: the crunchy). A couple of days ago, per puro caso (by sheer chance), I came across this recipe. If you want to have a go at making il croccante at…

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La Vespa Killer Posted by on Sep 23, 2011

No, it’s not an assassin who rides a scooter but a Chinese wasp that is causing widespread destruction to the Italian chestnut woods. Here is an excerpt from a recent newspaper article: Una vespa killer cinese distrugge i castagneti. Ora sta arrivando il suo parassita antagonista. Si chiama ‘Dryocosmus Kuriphilus’, ma nei boschi della Lunigiana…

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I Mestieri nel Borgo – part 2 Posted by on Sep 21, 2011

I Mestieri nel Borgo, rievocazione storica della vita quotidiana di una piccola comunità contadina della Lunigiana = Trades in the village, historic re-enactment of the daily life of a small peasant farmer community in Lunigiana. Let’s continue our photo documentary of this year’s festival in Ponticello, Lunigiana: 1. La Cottura nei Testi – 1 = …

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