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Archive for June, 2012

Il Negozio del Papà di Mattia–part 1 Posted by on Jun 14, 2012

Here’s another article by our talented guest blogger Mattia. In this blog, he explains where gets his passion for cooking from, and tells us a bit about his fathers salumeria gastronomia. Words and phrases highlighted in blue are explained in the accompanying Vocabolario e Grammatica. Salve lettori, sono il giovane cuoco italiano, Mattia! Nello scorso…

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Non è Marzo, ma amo questa canzone! Posted by on Jun 11, 2012

It isn’t March, but I love this song by Giorgia, la mia cantante italiana preferita (my favourite female Italian singer), so much that I want to share it with you. Who is Giorgia? well, it seems to come more naturally to say it in Italian: è una bellissima ragazza Romana dalla voce stupefacente che mi…

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“Io voglio essere un vero angelo!” Posted by on Jun 8, 2012

On Sunday the 10th of June the Catholic Church celebrates la festa del Corpus Domini (Corpus Christi). The festival originates from the supposed miracle that took place in Bolsena, north of Rome, in the year 1263. It is said that a Bohemian priest, Pietro da Praga, was in crisis about his religious faith, and so…

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Verbi Idiomatici in Ci Posted by on Jun 6, 2012

Some time ago I wrote an article about the particella ‘ci’: Tricky Little Words “ci” . Let’s revisit the topic and have a look at idiomatic verbs that use ‘ci’, with a few examples of their usage: Volere (to want) + ci = Volerci (to need, to take, as in quantity, time, materials, etc.): dalla…

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La Crisi in Italia Posted by on Jun 4, 2012

Family and friends in England often ask me what impact the financial crisis is having on people here in Italy. Not an easy question to answer! Certainly the work situation is pretty bad, as described in this article from the Italian newspaper La Stampa:  In Italia ci sono 630 mila posti da coprire Le offerte?…

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La Mia Revisione Posted by on Jun 1, 2012

I’ve always disliked needles, especially when attached to a syringe held in the hand of a nurse who is staring intently at a nice big vein in the tender part of my inner elbow. Fortunately the nurses at our local ASL (Azienda Sanitaria Locale – Local National Health Service) here in Pontremoli are really friendly…

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