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Archive for January, 2012

Sant’Antonio Abate Posted by on Jan 18, 2012

On the 17th of January the Catholic Church commemorates Sant’Antonio Abate (Saint Anthony the Abbot), patron saint of animali domestici (pets and farm animals), macellai e quelli che lavorano il maiale (butchers and those who process pork), and coloro che sono afflitti dal fuoco di sant’Antonio (those who suffer from shingles or herpes zoster, commonly…

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Innovazioni Italiane – Part 3 Posted by on Jan 16, 2012

This is my third and final blog about innovazioni italiane (Italian innovations) from the last 150 years since Italy’s unification. Here are another four important innovations that have been ‘Made in Italy’: 1. Vibram –  A mountaineering accident, in which six alpinisti (mountaineers) froze to death due to lack of adequate footwear, was the stimulus…

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Quanto bene conosci l’Italia? Le Soluzioni Posted by on Jan 13, 2012

Well done everyone who had a go at my quiz ‘Quanto bene conosci l’Italia?’. Here are the correct answers:   1. Roughly how many inhabitants does Italy have: a. 40million, b. 50million, c. 60million, or d. 70million? c. 60,000,000 – according to Istat, The National Institute for Statistics, “Al 31 dicembre 2010 risiedevano in Italia…

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La Voce Posted by on Jan 11, 2012

Let’s take a look at some of the vocabulary which describes ways in which we use la nostra voce (our voice): sussurrare / bisbigliare (to whisper): Laura ha sussurrato qualcosa alla sua compagna di classe (Laura whispered something to her classmate), or non capisco quello che stai bisbigliando (I don’t understand what you’re whispering) mormorare…

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Quanto bene conosci l’Italia? Posted by on Jan 9, 2012

How well do you know Italy? Here’s a quiz which will put your knowledge to the test. Leave your answers in the comments section. 1. Roughly how many inhabitants does Italy have: a. 40million, b. 50million, c. 60million, or d. 70million? 2. Which city is famous for its romantic songs? 3. On which Italian island…

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