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Una Giornata Alquanto Diversa Posted by on Dec 28, 2012

Ieri, quando ci siamo svegliati, era una mattina grigia, senza pioggia ma pure senza colore, fredda ma non gelida, insomma, quella che chiamiamo una giornata uggiosa. Mi era stato detto che il giovedì a Sarzana si tiene un mercato molto grande e con bancarelle interessanti, ma siccome io il giovedì solitamente insegno yoga a Pontremoli…

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Italian Christmas Traditions – Answers to the Quiz Posted by on Dec 26, 2012

Here are the answers to our Christmas Quiz. Let’s see how you got on! 1. Dove è nato il poeta Giuseppe Ungaretti, autore della poesia “Natale”? Il poeta Giuseppe Ungaretti è nato ad Alessandria d’Egitto, in Egitto 2. Come si chiama la più famosa torta di Natale italiana? la più famosa torta di Natale italiana…

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Quiz–Italian Christmas Traditions Posted by on Dec 21, 2012

Here’s a little Christmas Quiz for you. Most of the answers can be found in our December blogs of the last four years. I’ve given links to the relevant blogs below. You can answer the questions in English if you prefer. 1. Dove è nato il poeta Giuseppe Ungaretti, autore della poesia “Natale”? 2. Come…

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La Pesca di Beneficienza di Natale Posted by on Dec 18, 2012

Erano gli ultimi giorni di scuola prima delle vacanze di Natale di tanti, tanti anni fa. Io in quei giorni frequentavo il Ginnasio e mio fratello Francesco faceva ancora le elementari. Una mattina mia madre, dopo averci accompagnati a scuola, era andata come al solito in centro a Lucca a comprare il pane. Strada facendo…

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Complicated Hair! Posted by on Dec 14, 2012

O.k., now that I’ve caught your attention with the cryptic title I suppose I’d better explain myself. There are certain words, or variations on words in Italian that can be infuriatingly difficult to remember. Very often, they are small words that seem like they should be straightforward, such as the dreaded ‘ci’. And this only…

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So Many Ways to say Many! Posted by on Dec 12, 2012

Last week we looked at the differences between how we use molto and tanto when we want to say ‘many’, ‘a lots of’, ‘very much’, and so on. Today we are going to look at several colloquial expressions that are commonly used to express this same concept of quantity. Un sacco = literally: a sack…

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Canzone Piccola Posted by on Dec 7, 2012

Italian popular music, be it opera or contemporary pop, is well known for its obsession with grandi emozioni, passioni, tragedie e l’amore! And that’s probably one of the reasons that I love Canzone Piccola. Singer songwriter Jovanotti goes completely against fashion by singing about simple little everyday things in a musical poem that, in the…

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