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Archive for February, 2014

A Prickly Encounter Posted by on Feb 12, 2014

We live in the foothills of the Appennino Tosco Emiliano, an area full of an incredible variety of wildlife. Here the wild animals are really wild, and they don’t rely on humans for their survival like many of the animals which now live in parks and city suburbs. The wildlife around here prefers to avoid…

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Meet Bruna, the mobile Tigelleria Posted by on Feb 10, 2014

“Purtroppo, in Italia, essere creativi non viene riconosciuto come un lavoro che ha una sua professionalità e un suo valore” (unfortunately, in Italy being creative isn’t recognised as a job with its own professionalism and value) explain Riccardo and Clara, creators of Bruna, the mobile tigelleria. Who are Riccardo, Clara and Bruna, and what on…

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To Be or to Have? Posted by on Feb 7, 2014

If you’re learning Italian, knowing when to use essere or avere when talking about the past in the present perfect (Passato prossimo) is always a challenge. Should I say “Giovanni è vissuto in Inghilterra dal 2002 al 2007” or “Giovanni ha vissuto in Inghilterra dal 2002 al 2007”? I remember once, when I was teaching…

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The Curvy World Posted by on Feb 6, 2014

Have you ever looked critically at a photo of yourself and felt like doing a little tweaking with Photoshop? I must admit that I have, but I’m not very clever with photo editing software. However, many people who spend a lot of their time under the spotlight go to great lengths to have the ‘perfect’…

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Eclissi del Cuore Posted by on Feb 3, 2014

In 2013 a U.K. survey named this hit ‘The Most Popular Song to Sing in the Shower’. Perhaps it’s even you’re favourite shower song, at the very least you will have heard it wafting through the aisles at the supermarket. Click HERE to reveal its identity. So where’s the Italian connection? Enter L’Aura, the talented…

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